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FIVB World League 2012 playoff system announced

Canada, who finished third at the Pan American Cup, will represent the Americas in the FIVB World League 2012 playoffs

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 29, 2011 – The FIVB has announced the structure of the FIVB World League 2012 playoffs which will take place following the conclusion of the 2011 edition of the premier annual men’s volleyball tournament.

Teams from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas will take part in the first leg of the playoffs which will be held from July 29-31 with Asia taking on Africa and the Americas playing Europe.

The team from Asia will be determined on July 11 in a match between Iran and China, in China while Egypt has been nominated as the team from Africa. According to the regulations the best world ranked team will be the host of the Asia v Africa playoff so if Iran (WR n°19) wins, Egypt (WR n°13) will host them, but if China (WR n°11) wins, the first round will be in China.

The team from the Americas was determined by the best team at the Pan American Cup, who is not already in the World League and on this occasion it is Canada. They will play the winner of the Euro League.

The winners of these matches will then go on to play the two bottom sides at the FIVB World League 2011 in the second round of play off matches, which will be hosted by the challenger. This round will be completed by August 21.

With this in mind, the FIVB reiterated the position of Japan who will automatically qualify for the next edition of the World League following a decision by the FIVB Executive Group made in April this year.

The FIVB Executive Group kindly asked the national federation of Japan to play all its World League matches abroad due to the nuclear and radiation concerns in Japan and in order to ensure the total safety of the teams and officials involved in the World League in April.

The national federation of Japan, thanks to its great understanding of the worry expressed by the others teams about potential travel to their country, immediately accepted the FIVB proposal. But this decision created also major disadvantage for the Japanese team during the competition. Therefore, the FIVB Executive Group decided at the same time to guarantee to Japan a vacancy in the 2012 FIVB Volleyball World League.

In 2010, the FIVB introduced a playoff series for the World League in order to create greater competition for places in the premier annual men’s international volleyball event with key conditions attached, including a host television contract. The playoff series involves the bottom two teams of the World League playing off against two other countries – who did not participate in the most recent edition - with the winners gaining a place in the following edition of the FIVB World League. On the occasion of the 2011 FIVB World League, it will be the two bottom teams outside of Japan who will be involved in the playoff series.


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