2012 FIVB Volleyball World League qualification matches confirmed
Slovakia was the last team to earn the chance to take part in the premier annual men’s volleyball tournament after they sealed an epic 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 24-26, 25-22, 15-12) win over Spain in the final of the European League on Sunday and they will now face Canada, who were the highest-finishing team yet to have a place in the World League at the Pan-American Cup in June. The Canadians will have home advantage when they welcome their European rivals to Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on July 29 and 30.
Meanwhile China saw off Iran to book their place in the qualification round against Egypt, who were selected as the team to represent Africa by the CAVB. Taicang will host the two matches on July 30 and 31 and the home fans will be hoping to see China move one step closer to their first participatin in the World League since 2010 after missing out this year. Egypt did not take part in this year’s tournament due to the political uncertainty in the country at the time.
Depending on the results, the winners of the two first round matches will then face either Puerto Rico or Portugal, the two sides that finished lowest in this year’s edition of the tournament. The dates and locations for these matches will be announced at a later time.
Japan were exempt from having to face a play down match after they were forced to play all their Intercontinental Round matches away from home following the devastating earthquake which hit the country earlier this year.