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2014 World League Intercontinental Round Calendar released

 
Olympic champion, 2013 World League title holders and current European champion Russia will be hoping to notch up another victory before heading to Poland for the World Championship

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 6, 2014 – With 28 teams in the running for the 2014 World League title, the Intercontinental Round calendar for this year’s tournament contains a packed schedule of matches beginning the weekend of May 23 to 25.

Nine time World League winners Brazil will begin their bid for this year’s World League title on the first weekend of pool play when they take on last year’s bronze medallists, Italy.  Olympic champions and defending World League title holder Russia will take on Serbia in their first away match of the tournament in the second weekend of the Intercontinental Round.  

Russia became the third country after Brazil and Italy to win three or more World League titles after an impressive 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-19) win over nine-time winners Brazil in the 2013 FIVB Volleyball World League final in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Pool A features two of the most successful countries in the 24-year history of the World League with world No. 1 and nine-time champions Brazil along with eight time winners Italy, 2012 champions Poland and the rapidly improving Iran.

In Pool B are defending champions Russia, 2012 silver medallists USA, this year’s fourth-placed team Bulgaria and four-time runner’s up Serbia.

Pool C features first time participants Belgium along with Canada, Australia and Finland while Argentina, Germany, France and Japan are in Pool D. Pool E features the Netherlands, Korea, the Czech Republic - who return to the World League after making their only previous appearance in 2003 – and Portugal.

Last year’s 13th place finishers Cuba are joined in Pool F by World League debutants Tunisia, Turkey and Mexico while Pool G sees Puerto Rico return after making their only appearance in 2011, China and Spain return after last appearing in 2010 and 2008 respectively while Slovakia will make their World League debut.

In the Intercontinental Round, Pools A, B, C, D and E play double home and away matches - two matches each weekend – while Pools F and G play Round Robin tournaments (two matches per day over three days).

Pool A & B will hold a Final – the top two teams in each pool (A & B), the hosts and the winner from the Final from Pools C, D and E – the week of July 16 to 20.

Pool C, D & E will hold a Final six/four (to be confirmed) on the weekend of July 11 to 13 (dates to be confirmed).

Pool F & G will hold a Final Four expected to take place on June 27 to 29. The host country, the two winners from each pool and the second best team overall will qualify.

The last ranked team of Pool A & B after the Intercontinental Round could be relegated if the winner of the Final of Pools C, D and E can meet the promotion requirements set by the FIVB.

The FIVB’s premier annual men’s volleyball event will expand from 18 countries to 28 for the first time ever. It is the first time the World League will feature 28 teams, having had 16 teams from 2001-2003 and 2006-2012. The World League featured eight teams in its inaugural year in 1990, 10 in 1991 and then 12 from 1992-2000 and 2004-05. Last year’s edition of the World League featured 18 countries.

2014 World League Pools


Pool A

Pool B

Pool C

Pool D

Pool E

Pool F

Pool G

BRA (1)

RUS (2)

BEL (37)*

ARG (7)

NED (31)

TUN (13)*

PUR (20)

ITA (3)

USA (4)

CAN (11)

GER (10)

KOR (21)

TUR (45)*

CHN (18)

POL (5)

BUL (6)

AUS (14)

FRA (16)

POR (38)

CUB (7)

SVK (36)*

IRI (12)

SRB (9)

FIN (30)

JPN (17)

CZE (22)

MEX (22)*

ESP (25)

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

Schedule

Pool A

Team

May 23-25

May 30 – June 1

June 6-8

June 13 – 15

June 20-22

June 27-29

July 4-6

July 11-13

July 16-20

BRA

BRA-ITA

BRA-POL

BRA-IRI

 

 

 

 

Rest week

Final Six

ITA

 

ITA-IRI

ITA-POL

 

 

 

ITA-BRA

POL

 

 

 

POL-ITA

POL-BRA

 

POL-IRI

IRI

 

 

 

IRI-BRA

IRI-ITA

IRI-POL

 

Pool B

Team

May 23-25

May 30 – June 1

June 6-8

June 13 – 15

June 20-22

June 27-29

July 4-6

July 11-13

July 16-20

RUS


 

 

RUS-BUL

RUS-SRB

RUS-USA

 

Rest week

Final Six

USA


 

USA-RUS

USA-SRB

USA-BUL

 

 

BUL

BUL-USA

 

BUL-SRB

 

 

 

BUL-RUS

SER

 

SRB-RUS

 

 

 

SRB-BUL

SRB-USA

Pool C

Team

May 23-25

May 30 – June 1

June 6-8

June 13 – 15

June 20-22

June 27-29

July 4-6

July 11-13

BEL

BEL-AUS

 

BEL-CAN

 

BEL-FIN

 

 

Final four/six
(TBC)


CAN

 

CAN-FIN

 

CAN-BEL

CAN-AUS

 

 

AUS

 

 

AUS-FIN

 

 

AUS-BEL

AUS-CAN

FIN

 

 

 

FIN-AUS

 

FIN-CAN

FIN-BEL

Pool D

Team

May 23-25

May 30 – June 1

June 6-8

June 13 – 15

June 20-22

June 27-29

July 4-6

July 11-13

ARG

ARG-FRA

ARG-GER

ARG-JPN

 

 

 

 

Final four/six
(TBC)

GER

GER-JPN

 

GER-FRA

 

GER-ARG


 

FRA

 

FRA-JPN

 

FRA-GER

 

FRA-ARG


JPN

 

 

 

JPN-ARG

JPN-FRA

JPN-GER


Pool E

Team

May 23-25

May 30 – June 1

June 6-8

June 13 – 15

June 20-22

June 27-29

July 4-6

July 11-13

NED

 

 

NED-POR

 

 

NED-KOR

NED-CZE

Final four/six
(TBC)

KOR

 

KOR-NED

 

KOR-POR

KOR-CZE

 

 

POR

 

POR-CZE

 

 

POR-NED

 

POR-KOR

CZE

 

 

CZE-KOR

CZE-NED

 

CZE-POR

 

Pool F

Team

May 23-25

May 30 – June 1

June 6-8

June 13 – 15

June 20-22

June 27-29

TUN

 

 

Round 1

MEXICO

2 matches per day during 3 days

Round 2

TUNISIA

2 matches per day during 3 days

Rest week

Final Four
Turkey

Day 1 Semifinals

Day 2 Finals

TUR

 

 

CUB

 

 

MEX

 

 

Pool G

Team

May 23-25

May 30 – June 1

June 6-8

June 13 – 15

June 20-22

June 27-29

PUR

 

 

Round 1

PUERTO RICO

2 matches per day during 3 days

Round 2

SLOVAKIA

2 matches per day during 3 days

Rest week

Final Four
Turkey


Day 1 Semifinals

Day 2 Finals

CHN

 

 

SVK

 

 

ESP

 

 

 



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