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Thailand welcomes FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship

 
Serbia team in their last training session before the FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 23, 2013 - FIVB Girls U18 World Championship will get underway on Friday with eight matches taking place in Nakhon Ratchasima at the Chartchai Hall and the Lipatapanlop Hall.  

Hosts Thailad will play their first match against African Champions, Egypt at 15:00 (local time) at the Chartchai Gym.

The competition is the first to be held with 20 teams. The Pool A and C matches will be held at the Chartchai Hall, which can seat 5,000 spectators, while the Lipatapanlop Hall with its seating capacity of 2,000 people will host the Pool B and D matches. 

The match between Thailand and Egypt will take place after the official opening ceremony. The following matches are also scheduled for Firday in Chartchai Hall: Slovenia v Algeria; Brazil v Dominican Republic; and Tunisia v Serbia. 

The Lipatapanlop Hall will see Peru meet Mexico and defending champions Turkey take on Italy, while Poland will meet Greece and Japan will face China.

Four out of the six previous winners of the Championship will be taking part in Nakhon Ratchasima, with the record holders Brazil and China (three crowns each) leading the way, followed by Japan (two titles) and Turkey (one), while the only absentees from the winners are Russia and Korea.

The opening ceremony will be attended by a number of guests of honour led by Mr Suwat Lipatapallop (former deputy Prime Minister), Mr Winai Buapradit (Governor of the Nakhon Ratchasima province) and Mr Sub Lt Ranongruk (President of the Nakhon Ratchasima Administrative Organisation). 

The 20 participating teams are divided into four preliminary pools playing a round robin tournament, where the top four qualify for the round of 16 and the teams ranked fifth in their corresponding pool play for the 17th to 20th positions.

The top four teams of each pool will advance to the knock-out round where the winners play for the top eight spots and the losers for the 9th to 16th positions.

Group Composition

Group A:

Thailand, Serbia, Egypt, Tunisia, Puerto Rico

Group B:

China, Poland, Japan, Argentina, Greece

Group C:

Brazil, United States, Dominican Republic, Algeria, Slovenia

Group D:

Italy, Turkey, Peru, Mexico, Chinese Taipei

Previous champions

Year

Location

Champions   

2011

Turkey

Turkey

2009

Thailand

Brazil 

2007

Mexico

China

2005

China

Brazil 

2003

Poland 

China 

2001

Croatia

China

1999

Portugal

Japan

1997

Thailand

Brazil 

1995

France  

Japan

1993

Slovakia

Russia

1991

Portugal

Korea 

1989

Brazil

USSR 

 
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