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The Rio 2016 Olympic Games will include a total of 12 teams.

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Qualification process
As hosts, Brazil were the first country to qualify for the Olympics.Rio2016logo

FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup Japan 2015 winners China and runners-up Serbia will join the five winners of each Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament.

The qualification tournament for Asian teams will also double as a World Olympic Qualification Tournament and will take place in Japan between the periods of May 14 to June 5, 2016. The hosts will be joined by the top three ranked teams from Asia according to the FIVB Women’s world ranking as well as the second and third placed teams from the European Olympic Qualification Tournament, the second placed team from the South American Olympic Qualification Tournament and the second placed team from the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament. The best ranked Asian team and the top three ranked teams from this tournament will qualify for the Olympics.

The final vacancy will be decided at a second World Olympic Qualification Tournament due to be held in the period from May 14 to June 5, 2016. The third placed team from the South American Olympic Qualification Tournament, the third placed team from the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament and the second and third placed teams from the African Olympic Qualification Tournament will compete for the final berth.
Olympic Games Women
   
Confederation Qualified through Date Team
CSV Host country N/A Brazil
AVC FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup winner August 22 to September 6, 2015 China
CEV FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup runner-up August 22 to September 6, 2015 Serbia
CAVB African Olympic Qualification Tournament winner February 12 to 19, 2016 (Yaoundé, Cameroon)
CEV European Olympic Qualification Tournament winner January 4 to 9, 2016 (Ankara, Turkey) Russia
NORCECA NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament winner January 7 to 9, 2016 (Lincoln, USA) USA
CSV South American Olympic Qualification Tournament winner January 4 to 10, 2016 (Bariloche, Argentina) Argentina
World Olympic Qualification Tournament winner May 14 to 22, 2016 (Japan)
World Olympic Qualification Tournament runner-up Between period of May 14 to June 5, 2016 (Japan)
World Olympic Qualification Tournament third place Between period of May 14 to June 5, 2016 (Japan)
World Olympic Qualification Tournament highest ranked Asian team Between period of May 14 to June 5, 2016
World Olympic Qualification Tournament winner Between period of May 14 to June 5, 2016