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Battle for FIVB 2014 World Championship spots continue

 
Iran's players are hoping for a win against Bahrain this weekend for a ticket to the 2014 FIVB World Championships
 Lausanne, Switzerland, September 13, 2013 – Even more teams will confirm their place in the 2014 FIVB World Championships, after they battle this weekend in confederation qualification tournaments and the 2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship.

Asian Men’s Final Qualification Tournament

Bahrain and host Iran will be the first team this weekend to confirm their place at the 2014 FIVB World Championship, in the Asian Men’s Qualification Tournament Final pool B.

“Bahrain is the most powerful team among guest teams. Certainly we would perform well with them,” Iran’s captain Mehdi Mahdavi said. “We want to be the top team and achieve the ticket of world championship.”

In the Asian Men’s Final Qualification Tournament, the 16 teams are split into four pools of four teams. Only the top ranked team in each pool will win a place at the 2014 FIVB World Championship. Australia and Korea already secured their spot in the FIVB World Championships, while China (host), India, Chinese Taipei and Saudi Arabia will battle for the final ticket in the Asian Volleyball Confederation, from September 20 to 22.

Asian Women’s Final Qualification Tournament

The Asian Women’s Final Qualification Tournament will pick back up on Sept. 27, when Pool B composed of China (host), Korea, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, India – will fight for their 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships ticket.

In the Asian Women’s Final Qualification Tournament, the 10 teams are divided into two pools of five teams. The two best-ranked teams in each pool (total four teams) will advance to the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships 2014, which will be held from September 23 to October 12, 2014 in Italy.

2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship

The women from Russia, Serbia, Germany and Belgium are also getting closer to securing a spot in the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships. The four teams have made it through to the semi-finals at the 2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship. The EuroVolley 2013 competition resumes Saturday at Max-Schmeling-Halle Berlin, with Russia and Serbia competing at 17:00 (CET) and Germany and Belgium battling at 20:00 (CET).

The two best-ranked teams of the 2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship – Women will qualify for the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championship.

The winner of the CEV Volleyball European Championship will also qualify for the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup featuring a total of six teams per gender with the hosts Japan being joined by the continental winners from Asia, Europe, NORCECA and South America with an additional country selected by the FIVB. Africa do not have an automatic spot in the tournament after finishing the 2012 Olympic Games as the lowest ranked confederation amongst the five.

The World Grand Champions Cup is a quadrennial round-robin competition for men and women. The last edition of the tournament was in 2009 with Brazil coming away with the men’s title for the second consecutive time after remaining unbeaten while in the women’s tournament, Italy picked up their first ever crown. Japan will host the next edition, with the women’s event set to take place from November 12 to 17, 2013 and the men’s from November 19 to 24, 2013

 

2014 FIVB Women’s World Championships

Thailand, Japan and hosts Italy have secured their place in the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championships, thus far.

The qualification process for the FIVB Women’s World Championship continues across the four other confederations with continental qualification tournaments. South America will be the first confederation to confirm teams at the quadrennial tournament via its continental championship in September.

Europe is the only other confederation to offer tickets (2) to the FIVB Volleyball World Championships via their continental championships.

NORCECA

The North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) will be the last confederation to qualify all their teams for the 2014 Women’s FIVB World Championships. The final round of the qualification tournaments will occur from May 21 to June 30, where five teams will qualify. The last team will qualify during the NORCECA Continental Playoff, from July 2-7.

ASIA

Thailand and Japan are now qualified for the 2014 Women’s FIVB World Championships, with their Pool A wins this week. China, Korea, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, India will fight for the final two spots at Pool B of the tournament, which takes place Sept. 27 to Oct. 1 in China.  In the Asian Women’s Final Qualification Tournament, the 10 teams are divided into two pools of five teams. The two best ranked teams in each pool (total four teams) will advance to the 2014 FIVB World Championships.

AFRICA

Africa will begin its second round of qualifications in October, although the teams that will advance to the 2014 FIVB World Championships won’t be known until after the confederation’s final round in January 2014.

EUROPE

Aside from the two countries qualifying through the 2013 CEV Women’s Volleyball European Championship, and host country Italy, the seven remaining spots for the 2014 FIVB World Championships won’t be known until the final round of confederation qualifiers in early January 2014.

Russia, Serbia, Germany and Belgium are currently in the lead at the 2013 CEV Women’s Volleyball European Championship. The two top teams will secure a spot in the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships.

SOUTH AMERICA

South American teams will play in one deciding tournament (Sept. 11-15), where the winner will qualify for both the World Grand Championship Cup and the 2014 FIVB World Championships. The winner of the Confederación Sudamericana de Voleibol (CSV) Championship in October will also qualify for the FIVB World Championships.

 

2014 FIVB Men’s World Championships

Finals hosts Poland, three-time defending champions Brazil, Australia and Korea are already confirmed for the 2014 FIVB Men’s World Championships, thus far. Bahrain or Iran will receive their ticket this weekend during the Pool B Asian Men’s Final Qualification Tournament.

NORCECA

The North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) will be the last confederation to qualify all their teams for the 2014 Men’s FIVB World Championships. The third round of the qualification tournaments will occur from May 21 to June 30, where the winners from each of the four Pools will qualify for the FIVB World Championships. The four silver-medal winners will then compete in the NORCECA Continental Cup Playoff from July 9 to 14 in hopes of securing the final FIVB World Championship spot.

ASIA

The Bahrain and Iran will battle to win Pool B of the Asian Men’s Final Qualification Tournament this weekend for their ticket to the FIVB World Championships, joining Australia (Pool A) and Korea (Pool D), who have already qualified. The winner of Pool C (Sept. 20-22) will be the last Asian team to qualify for the FIVB World Championships.

AFRICA

African teams will have their chance to qualify for the FIVB World Championships during their qualification tournaments, which resume in October. The second round of tournaments will take place in October and November, and the final round takes place in January 2014. The three Pool winners of the third round will move on to the FIVB World Championships.

SOUTH AMERICA

South American men have one more qualification tournament for the 2014 FIVB World Championships than the women. South America has already held the first two rounds of its qualifying tournaments, in which Brazil and Argentina have qualified. Brazil qualified by winning the South America Continental Championship on August 12. The winner of the third round of qualifiers (Sept. 11-15) will join Brazil and Argentina at the FIVB World Championships.

EUROPE

Two countries will qualify through the 2013 CEV Men’s Volleyball European Championship. The five pool winners and the best second placed team from the third round of qualifiers (Jan. 3-5) will also qualify for the FIVB World Championships. Host county Poland will fill the final spot.



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