Teams confirmed for FIVB World Cup Final
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 13, 2013 – The teams representing the 16 countries filling the 10 spots per gender at the inaugural FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Final in Campinas, Brazil from May 29 to June 2 have been confirmed.
What started in 2010 as part of the Olympic Beach Volleyball qualification system, will culminate in Brazil with the inaugural $300,000 FIVB World Cup Final, organised by the Brazilian Volleyball Federation to determine the Continental Cup winner. The landmark double-gender event will be staged in a purpose-built complex in Campinas at the Parque Do Taquaral Portão 7, Avenida Dr. Heitor Penteado. Campinas is located in the State of São Paulo in Brazil.
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Final will determine the champion country from the Continental Cup, with Olympic value in the way of the Olympic participants also included. Prize money of $150,000 per gender will be divided among the winners of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Final. The gold medal teams in each gender will each split $50,000, silver medallists will each receive $35,000 and the bronze medallists in each gender will split $22,500 in prize money.
While the Continental Cup featured two teams per country as part of the official qualifying process for beach volleyball at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the World Cup Final will include only one team in a unique one-off for television purposes.
With seeding based on the best players from the respective countries as per the FIVB World Tour Ranking as of August 20, 2012, USA’s Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson are the men’s top-seeds with Olympic silver medallists Brazil’s Alison Cerutti/Emanuel Rego of Brazil seeded second and Olympic bronze medallists Martins Plavins/Janis Smedins fourth. For the women, the top-seeded team is Brazil’s Maria Antonelli/Talita da Roche Antunes, who finished ninth while are American silver medallists April Ross/Jennifer Kessy are No. 2.
The winning country of each Continental Cup Final qualified for the World Cup Final in addition to the national federations, which had qualified two Olympic places via the Olympic ranking (therefore they were not able to participate in the Continental Cup Final). If required, the best ranked country from the Olympic Games filled any vacancy.
*NF-CHN (initially qualified) and NF-AUT (next in line) has withdrawn therefore the qualified place goes to NF-ITA (as the next country in the final 2012 Olympic Ranking for women) for the women’s tournament.
Four countries – host nation Brazil along with Canada, Germany and the United States - earned a spot in both genders. The additional men’s teams will be from Japan, Latvia, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, and Venezuela. The additional women’s teams will be from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Mauritius and Russia.
The 10 teams in each gender have been split into two pools of five teams each based on the home nation filling position one and the remaining nine teams placed via the serpentine system. Following pool play, the top two teams in each pool will advance to the semi finals.
* The host nation Brazil is placed in position one followed by the distribution of other teams, based on the seeds using the serpentine system.
The Continental Cup ran from 2010 to 2012, as a 2012 London Olympic Games qualifying event that included the FIVB World Cup Olympic Qualification tournament in Moscow, Russia in June, 2012, which also qualified teams for the London Olympics.Campinas is an inland city located in the Brazil's Southeast Region. According to the 2010 Census, the city population is 1,080,999, making it the 14th most populous Brazilian city and the third in the São Paulo state. The city's metropolitan area, the Greater Campinas, as of 2013, contains nineteen cities, including Campinas, and has a total population of 2,832,297 people. Campinas is a regular stop of the Brazilian national beach volleyball circuit, having already hosted five events (1993-95, 2005, 2012).