Pools A and B were determined using the serpentine system based on the world rankings as of August 13, 2012. Pool C features the next best four in the world rankings after the 12 teams in Pool A and B plus Japan and Portugal. The world rankings are mentioned between brackets.
The top three world ranked teams in each pool will play three matches at home and two away with the bottom three world ranked teams playing twice at home and three times away.
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C|
|BRAZIL (1)||RUSSIA (2)||CANADA (18)|
|POLAND (4)||ITALY (3)||KOREA (22)|
|USA (5)||CUBA (6)||FINLAND (31)|
|BULGARIA (8)||SERBIA (7)||NETHERLANDS (41)|
|ARGENTINA (9)||GERMANY (10)||JAPAN (19)|
|FRANCE (16)||IRAN (14)||PORTUGAL (36)|