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Changes to the World League calendar

Poland will be looking to defend their title at the 2013 World League

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 24, 2013 – The FIVB has announced an update to some match times in this year's Volleyball World League calendar.

Match 8 between Poland and Brazil on Friday, June 7 will now take place at 15:45 GMT (17:45 local time). The two countries will meet again in match 24 on June 9, which will now take place at 18:15 GMT (20:15 local time).

The start time for match 35 between Italy and Cuba, scheduled for 16 June, is now 17:00 GMT (19:00 local time). The matches between Iran and Germany on July 12 and 13 will take place at 16:30 GMT (21:00 local time).

This year’s edition of the World League sees the competition increase 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 World League 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 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.

The World League Finals will take place in Mar del Plata, Argentina from July 17 to 21.

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