Grand Champions Cup and World Championships qualifying action heats up again
The NORCECA Women's Continental Championship, which offers one spot to the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup taking place in Japan from November 12 to 17, is up to the quarterfinal and semifinal stage before the finals take place on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the South American Women's Continental Championship, which will see the winner qualify for the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup and the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship Italy 2014, started on Wednesday before concluding also on Sunday.
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru are all participating at the 30th Women’s South America Championship in Peru. The second CSV vacancy at the 2014 Women's World Championship will be filled by the winner of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship Italy 2014 CSV Qualification Tournament that will take place from October 24 to 27, comprising the four teams who placed second to fifth in the South America Women’s Championship.
Starting on Friday, the three-day FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Poland 2014 Asia Pool C qualifier will determine the last Asian men's team to see who joins Australia, Iran and Korea (winners of Pool A, B and D respectively) at next year's event. The winner will join Australia and Korea.
The European Men's Continental Championship also starts on Friday in Denmark and Poland before providing a ticket to the winner on September 22 to the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup and tickets to the winner and runners up to FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Poland 2014.
2014 FIVB WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Thailand, Japan, Russia and Germany as well as hosts Italy have secured their place in the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championships, thus far.
The North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) will be the last Confederation to qualify all their teams for the 2014 Women’s FIVB World Championships. The final round of the qualification tournaments will occur from May 21 to June 30, where five teams will qualify. The last team will qualify during the NORCECA Continental Playoff, from July 2 to 7, 2014.
In Asian qualifying, 10 teams are divided into two pools of five teams for two separate qualifying tournaments. The two best ranked teams in each pool (total four teams) advance to the FIVB World Championships. Thailand and Japan are now qualified for the FIVB Women's World Championship Italy 2014 after finishing first and second in Pool A on September 8. China, Korea, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, India will fight for the final two spots in Pool B, which takes place from September 27 to October 1 in China.
Africa will begin its second round of qualifications featuring 28 countries in October, although the two teams that will advance to the FIVB Women's World Championship Italy 2014 won’t be known until after the confederation’s final round in January 2014.
In addition to Russia and Germany, who qualified through the 2013 CEV Women’s Volleyball European Championship, and host country Italy, the seven remaining spots for the 2014 FIVB World Championships will be confirmed during the final round of confederation qualifiers in early January 2014.
As the top two teams in the 2013 CEV Women’s Volleyball European Championship, Russia and Germany have secured their spot at the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships.
The winner of the South American Women's Championship in Peru, which concludes Sunday, will qualify for both the World Grand Championship Cup and the 2014 FIVB World Championships. The winner of the 2014 Women's World Championship Qualification Tournament scheduled to take place from 24 to 27 October will also qualify for the FIVB Women's World Championship Italy 2014.
2014 FIVB MEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Finals hosts Poland, three-time defending champions Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Iran, Australia and Korea are already confirmed for the 2014 FIVB Men’s World Championships, thus far.
The North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) will be the last confederation to qualify all their teams for the 2014 Men’s FIVB World Championships. The third round of the qualification tournaments will occur from May 21 to June 30, 2014 where the winners from each of the four Pools will qualify for the FIVB World Championships. The four silver-medal winners will then compete in the NORCECA Continental Cup Playoff from July 9 to 14, 2014 in hopes of securing the final FIVB World Championship spot.
Iran won Pool B of the Asian Men’s Final Qualification Tournament on September 13 for their ticket to the FIVB Men's World Championship Poland 2014, joining Australia (Pool A) and Korea (Pool D), who have already qualified. The winner of Pool C (September 20 to 22) featuring China, India, Taipei and Saudi Arabia will be the last Asian team to qualify for the FIVB Men's World Championship Poland 2014.
Twenty-eight African teams will have their chance to qualify for the FIVB World Championships during their qualification tournaments, which resume in October. The second round of tournaments will take place in October and November, and the final round takes place in January 2014. The three Pool winners of the third round will move on to the FIVB World Championships.
South American men had one more vacancy for the FIVB Men's World Championship Poland 2014 than the women. Brazil and Argentina qualified by finishing first and second respectively at the South America Continental Championship on August 12. Venezuela was the winner of the subsequent qualification tournament which concluded on September 15.
Two countries will qualify through the 2013 CEV Men’s Volleyball European Championship scheduled to take place from September 20 to 29. The five pool winners and the best second placed team from the third round of qualifiers (Jan. 3-5) will also qualify for the FIVB World Championships. Host county Poland fills the final spot.