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Record 28 teams for 2014 World Grand Prix

 
The positions of each country were confirmed by a draw during the World Grand Prix Council

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 2, 2013 – The FIVB’s premier annual women’s volleyball tournament, the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix has followed in the footsteps of the FIVB Volleyball World League and will include 28 countries for the first time in its history in its 2014 edition.

One day after the World League Council approved the historic expansion of the World League to 28 teams, the World Grand Prix Council followed suit during its annual meeting at the FIVB headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland on Monday, increasing by eight the of participants from 20 who featured earlier this year. 

The 28 countries have been split across 19 pools with 12 - defending champions and world No. 1 Brazil, USA, Japan, China, Russia, Italy, Serbia, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Korea, Turkey and Thailand – playing in Pools A to I while eight - Poland, Peru, Puerto Rico, the Netherlands, Argentina, Canada, Cuba and Belgium - are in Pools J to O. Pools P to S also includes eight teams: Kenya, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Bulgaria and Australia.

The distribution was based on world ranking with the exceptions of Belgium and Cuba, who had qualified via continental qualification tournaments, and Australia who participate as part of the Oceania development program. A draw was conducted during the meeting to determine which positions each country fills in the pool distribution.

 

Draw Result –Position for Pools A-I

 

 1 USA (2)

 2 GER (9)

 3 CHN (5)

 6 JPN (3)

 5 THA (12)

 4 ITA (4)

 

 7 TUR (11)

 8 SRB (7)

 9 DOM (8)

 

12 RUS (6)

11 KOR (10)

10 BRA (1)

 

 

 

 

Preliminary Round

Pool A - TBC

Pool B – Korea

Pool C –Italy

Week 1 – August 1-3

 1 USA

 2 GER

 3 CHN

 6 JPN

 5 THA

 4 ITA

 7 TUR

 8 SRB

 9 DOM

12 RUS

11 KOR

10 BRA

Preliminary Round

Pool D – Brazil

Pool E – Turkey

Pool F – Hong Kong

Week 2 - August 8-10

 1 USA

 2 GER

 3 CHN

10 BRA

 7 TUR

 4 ITA

11 KOR

 8 SRB

 5 THA

12 RUS

 9 DOM

 6 JPN

Preliminary Round

Pool G - Thailand

Pool H - Russia

Pool I - Macau

Week 3 - August 15-17

 1 USA

 2 GER

 3 CHN

 5 THA

 4 ITA

 6 JPN

 9 DOM

 7 TUR

 8 SRB

10 BRA

12 RUS

11 KOR

Finals – August 20-24

Location to be confirmed.
 Six teams – the four best in the Preliminary Round ranking, the Finals host and

the winner of the Final Four in Pools J to O

() Numbers in brackets denotes world ranking

 

Draw Result - Position for Pools J-O

 

1 CAN (20)

2 CUB (21)

4 POL (15)

3 NED (18)

 

5 BEL* (22)

6 PUR (17)

 

8 PER (15)

7 ARG (18)

 

 

Preliminary Round

Pool J - Peru

Pool K – Puerto Rico

Week 1 – July 25-27

1 CAN

2 CUB

4 POL

3 NED

5 BEL

6 PUR

8 PER

7 ARG

Preliminary Round

Pool L - Belgium

Pool M - Peru

Week 2 – August 1-3

1 CAN

2 CUB

3 NED

4 POL

5 BEL

6 PUR

7 ARG

8 PER

Preliminary Round

Pool N - Argentina

Pool O – Netherlands

Week 3 – August 8-10

1 CAN

3 NED

2 CUB

4 POL

7 ARG

5 BEL

8 PER

6 PUR

Final Four – August 15-17

Location: Poland
Four teams – the three best of the final Preliminary Round ranking and the host

of the Finals. Winner will play in the World Grand Prix Finals

() Numbers in brackets denotes world ranking
* First time in World Grand Prix


Draw Result - Position for Pools P-S


1 KAZ (23)

2 KEN* (13)

4 AUS* (100)

3 ALG (14)


5 CZE (25)

6 BUL (35)


8 CRO* (24)

7 MEX* (28)




Preliminary Round

Pool P  -Kazakhstan

Pool Q – Mexico

Week 1 - July 25-27

1 KAZ

2 KEN

4 AUS

3 ALG

5 CZE

6 BUL

8 CRO

7 MEX

Preliminary Round

Pool R – Czech Republic

Pool S - Croatia

Week 2 - August 1-3

1 KAZ

2 KEN

3 ALG

4 AUS

5 CZE

6 BUL

7 MEX

8 CRO

Final Four – August 15-17

Location: Bulgaria
Four teams – the three best of the final Preliminary Round ranking and the host

of the Final Four.

() Numbers in brackets denotes world ranking
* First time in World Grand Prix


The FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2014 will start on July 25 with Pools J to O and Pools P to S in action. Pools A to I will begin proceedings one week later on August 1.

Pools A to I will play round robin across three weeks of Preliminary Round action before the Finals from August 20 to 24 where six teams – the four best in the Preliminary Round ranking, the Finals host and the winner of the Final Four from Pools J to O – will feature. Pools J to O will also contest three weeks of Preliminary Round action before the Final Four – featuring the three best from the Preliminary Round ranking and the host of the Final Four – takes place from August 15 to 17.

The last ranked team after the Preliminary Round from Pools A to I could be relegated if the winner of Pools J to O can meet the promotion requirements set by the FIVB.

Pools P to S will feature two weeks of Preliminary round action before four teams will participate in the Final Four from August 15 to 17, which will include the three best from the Preliminary Round ranking and the host of the Final Four.

Competition Calendar

Week

Pools A - I

Pools J-O

Pools P-S

July 25 – 27

 

Preliminary Round 1

Round Robin 1

August 1-3

Preliminary Round 1

Preliminary Round 2

Round Robin 2

August 8-10

Preliminary Round 2

Preliminary Round 3

Rest week

August 15-17

Preliminary Round 3

Final Four (Winner will play in Final six

Final Four

August 20-24

Final Six

Pools P to S will feature two weeks of Preliminary round action before four teams will participate in the Final Four from August 15 to 17, which will include the winner of each pool, the host and the best second placed team.

The World Grand Prix featured eight teams in its debut season of 1993 and from 1995 to 2002, while 12 teams were in action in 1994 and from 2003 to 2010. Sixteen teams were involved in the 2011 and 2012 editions before expanding to 20 in 2013.

The next FIVB meeting will be the FIVB Finance Commission on December 11-12, followed by the Sports Events Council on December 13-14 and the FIVB Executive Committee meeting on December 15. 



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