Record-breaking figures as 45 European national federations register for 2014 FIVB World Champs
“We are literally thrilled by the figures resulting from the registration process” says CEV President André Meyer, “especially as we see even some of the so-called small countries have decided to register for the World Championships. By looking back at the past editions, we see that Europe’s contribution has never been that good but also that the involvement showed by our national federations has steadily progressed throughout the past decade. I especially welcome the teams that will be celebrating their debut at the World Championships; their participation is the best way to show to their respective national authorities that Volleyball in their countries is more than alive and that they play an important role in our efforts devoted to the development and promotion of the sport from grassroots up to elite level” he continues. “We look forward to some exciting months of great Volleyball actions whereby the vacancies attributed to Europe will be eventually filled up”.
The figures recently released by the FIVB do not simply confirm the unique appeal of the World Championships but also that Europe’s national federations are more and more active on the international stage since back in 2006 and 2010 “only” 36 had registered for what is the finest Volleyball competition after the Olympics. Europe has actually gone through a massive improvement as that same figure had stood at 32 and 30 in 2002 and 1998 respectively. The most relevant development is to be seen in women’s Volleyball where the number of national federations registered for the World Champs has almost doubled in 15 years (from 24 in 1998 up to 42 for the 2014 edition).
The breakdown by gender is very impressive. The FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 has 154 countries registered (including 41 from Europe) while the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014 features 141 countries in the qualification process (with 42 representing national federations affiliated to the CEV). This means that about 75% of the 55 national federations placed under the authority of the CEV are involved in the qualification for next year’s World Championships.