Nineteen teams qualified for Men's World Championship, Women's Drawing of Lots set to begin
Tunisia, which qualified Friday by defeating Congo in “Pool V,” joins Egypt and Cameroon as the three African teams moving on to the premier men’s volleyball event of the year, which will take place August 30 to September 21.
As the top African team in the FIVB World Ranking – Senior Men, Tunisia will be grouped along with defending champions Brazil, Germany, Korea, Finland and the second ranked team from NORCECA in the FIVB Men’s World Championship finals.
Egypt, the second ranked CAVB team, will compete in Pool C of the FIVB Men's World Championship, with Russia, Bulgaria, NORCECA 3, China and NORCECA 5. Cameroon will compete in Pool A with hosts Poland, Argentina, Serbia, Australia, Venezuela.
NORCECA is the only confederation left to complete its qualification tournaments, where the final five FIVB Men’s World Championship vacancies will be filled. The four qualifying tournaments (each with four teams) is scheduled for May and June in Cuba (May 12 to 18), Canada (May 13 to 19), USA (May 13 to 19), and Puerto Rico (May 20 to 26).
The FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship NORCECA playoff will take place either in Mexico or Puerto Rico from July 7 to 13, leading up to the nearly month-long tournament in Poland.
The men’s tournament will be followed by the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014, which will take place from September 23 to October 12.
The Asian, South American, African and European confederations have completed their qualification processes, with one of the European spots reserved for hosts, Italy. Only NORCECA have still to determine the countries that will participate in the tournament.
The NORCECA confederation will hold five qualifying tournaments (each with four teams) scheduled to take place in Cuba (May 12 to 18), USA and Dominican Republic (May 13 to 19), Canada (May 14 to 20) and Puerto Rico (May 20 to 26).
The winner of each group will qualify for the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014 while the runners-up will go through to a play-off for the fifth and final place from June 2 to 9 in Trinidad.
The FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014 Drawing of Lots will take place Monday in Parma, Italy, and will be broadcast in Italy by RAI Sport from 16:30 to 18:00 (local time) and live streamed on www.fivb.org.