2013 FIVB World League media guide online
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 6, 2013 – The official 2013 FIVB Volleyball World League Media Guide is now available.
The Media Guide features information on every team set to compete in the 24th edition of the tournament as well as key statistics from past competitions and the most up-to-date schedule and competition formula.
This year the World League competition increases 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 competition featured eight teams in its inaugural year in 1990, 10 in 1991 and then 12 from 1992-2000 and 2004-05.
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 wildcards Japan and Portugal.
The Intercontinental Round will take place from May 31 and will run until July 14, 2013. Over the seven week period, the top three world ranked teams in each pool will 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.
Following seven weeks of Intercontinental Round pool play around the world, all eyes will turn towards Mar del Plata, host of the 2013 FIVB Volleyball World League Finals. The Finals will take place from July 17 to 21 at the Islas Malvinas Competition Hall.
The 2013 FIVB World League Media Guide can be found here
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