Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, June 19, 2013 - Four of the world’s top volleyball nations remain undefeated after the third week of the FIVB World league. After this weekend that elite group will be cut to three at the most. Olympic champions Russia go head to head with London 2012 bronze medallists Italy in a top-of-the-table clash in Siberia. After four ... Read full news
Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, June 17, 2013 – The three most successful countries in the FIVB Volleyball World League - Italy, Russia and Brazil - are the stand out teams in the 2013 edition having won all four of their opening matches. ... Read full news
Volleyball - Florence, Italy, June 16, 2013 - Italy confirmed its strength, winning its fourth match in the 2013 FIVB World League, beating 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-19) Pool B rivals Cuba on Sunday.... Read full news
Volleyball - Florence, Italy, May 26, 2013 - Italy confirmed its strength, winning its fourth match in the 2013 FIVB World League, beating 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-19) Pool B rivals Cuba on Sunday.... Read full news
Volleyball - Komaki, Japan, June 16, 2013 – After two tough four-set matches against Finland in Komaki, coach Gary Sato and his Japan team were delighted to emerge with a pair of 3-1 wins. Finland coach Tuomas Sammelvuo and his captain Antti Siltala were quick to credit the Japan team, but were disappointed that they fell victim to the same problems that plague... Read full news
Volleyball - Komaki, Japan, June 16, 2013 – After picking up their first home win under new coach Gary Sato, hosts Japan faced another difficult match against Finland on Sunday in Pool C of the FIVB 2013 World League. Japan dropped a tough first set, but rebounded for a second straight win in Komaki, 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22).... Read full news
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Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, June 15, 2013 – Japan, Russia, Canada, Brazil and USA emerged victorious at the FIVB World League on Saturday during the third week of matches for the tournament. ... Read full news
Volleyball - Tulsa, USA, June 15, 2013 – The United States took its third victory of the 2013 FIVB World League on Saturday, beating France 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 24-26, 30-28, 15-9) at the Tulsa Convention Center Arena.... Read full news
Volleyball - San Martín, Argentina, June 15, 2013 – After a second win against Argentina, and another win in the 2013 FIVB World League, Brazil stressed that the home team played a lot better and put up a bigger challenge in Mendoza.... Read full news
Volleyball - Mississauga, Ontario, June 15, 2013 – Canada took command over Korea in night two on Saturday of FIVB World League men's volleyball at the Hershey Centre (25-23, 25-20, 25-20).... Read full news
Volleyball - Mississauga, Canada, June 15, 2013 – Canada swept Korea in their second meeting of the third weekend of the 2013 FIVB World League, defeating the team 3-0.... Read full news
The FIVB’s premier annual men’s tournament has been
reshaped and reinvented for an exciting 2013 edition.
The 24th FIVB World League, which offers $5.7m in prize money, sees the competition increase from 16 to 18 teams split into three pools of six. It is the first time the World League will feature 18 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.
Defending champions Poland, will play Olympic silver medallists and nine-time World League champions Brazil, last year's runners up USA, and 2012 World League and Olympic Games fourth-placed team Bulgaria along with Argentina and France in Pool A.
The second pool features Olympic champions Russia, eight-time World League winners Italy, last year’s World League bronze medallists Cuba, Serbia, Germany and World League debutants Iran.
2013 World League Pools
Pool A: Brazil (WR1), Poland (WR4), USA (WR5), Bulgaria (WR8), Argentina (WR9) and France (WR16)
Pool B: Russia (WR2), Italy (WR3), Cuba (WR6), Serbia (WR7), Germany (WR10), Iran (WR14)
Pool C: Canada (WR18), Korea (WR22), Finland (WR31), the Netherlands (WR41), Japan (WR19), Portugal (WR36)
Pools A and B were determined using the serpentine system based on the world rankings as of August 13, 2012. Pool C features teams ranked as the next best four in the world rankings after the 12 teams in Pool A and B in addition to Japan and Portugal who were confirmed by the FIVB Executive Committee during its year-end meeting in December 2012.
The top three world ranked teams in each pool play three matches at home and two away with the bottom three world ranked teams playing twice at home and three times away. The customary World League format of two teams playing twice over the course of a weekend returns after the 2012 edition experienced change due to the congested pre-Olympic Games calendar.
The Intercontinental Round runs from May 31 until July 14 before the Finals take place in Mar del Plata, Argentina from July 17-21. The Finals will feature the top two teams from Pools A and B, the winners of Pool C and the host nation. As Argentina is in Pool A and is already among the qualified teams, the best two ranked teams of Pool A – outside of Argentina – will be selected.
At the Finals in Sofia in 2012, the Poland team led by coach Andrea Anastasi, picked up their first ever World League title after overcoming USA 3-0 in the final. Cuba collected the bronze medal, their first since 2005, while hosts Bulgaria were also on impressive form as they finished fourth.