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FIVB Senior World Rankings updated ahead of Tokyo 2020

Brazil stay top of the Men's FIVB Senior World Ranking following their victory at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup in Japan.
Lausanne, Switzerland, October 22, 2019 - The Senior World Rankings have been updated following the men's and women's FIVB Volleyball World Cup for their last iteration ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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The rankings will crucially determine the seeding of teams for Tokyo 2020 once the qualification process is completed in January.

The current Senior Men's World Ranking was released on October 15, following the World Cup in Japan and sees Brazil remain at No. 1 and USA stay at No. 2. Poland, however, on the basis of their silver medal, have moved up one spot to replace Italy in third place.

The latest Senior Women's World Ranking, which was updated on September 29 also following the World Cup, had former leaders Serbia drop two places to third, with China and USA each moving up a spot to take positions 1 and 2.

Amongst others, FIVB Rankings are used to determine the eligibility of teams for participation in certain events, as well as for the seeding position of teams in pool play where such placings are required.

The current Senior World Rankings consider the Olympic Games and Qualification Tournaments (every four years), the World Cup (every four years) and the FIVB Volleyball World Championships and Qualification Tournaments (also every four years). Until the competitions were discontinued in 2017, FIVB Volleyball World League and FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix results also counted towards the World Rankings (every year) and points from the 2017 editions remain a part of the current World Rankings not to interfere with an Olympic qualification process in the middle of the four-year Olympic cycle building towards Tokyo 2020. The Senior World Ranking will include points from the World League and World Grand Prix until December 31, 2020.

The core teams in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League are automatically granted a place in the competition and participating teams do not currently earn points towards the Senior World Rankings.

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