World League performances reshuffle world ranking
The top five countries in the world ranking remain unchanged. Brazil are still ranked No.1, followed by Russia, Italy, USA and Poland.
Serbia, who finished third in World League Pool B with 20 points, move up three ranks from No.9 to No.6. Coach Igor Kolakovic's team were disappointed not to qualify for the Group 1 Finals but are rewarded for their performances in Pool B, which included victories against tournament winners USA and defending champions Russia. Bulgaria, who finished fourth in Pool B on just four points, have dropped down from No.6 to No.8.
Six other teams in the top 20 have made significant gains following their performances in this year's World League competition. Rapidly improving Group 1 semifinalists Iran are up one place from No.12 to No.11. Surprise Group 1 Final Round participants Australia are up from No.14 to No.12. Group 2 finalists France have gained three ranks and go from No.16 to No.13. Other teams to make gains include: Japan (up one place to No.16), the Czech Republic (up four places to No.18) and Korea (up two places to No.19).
The most spectacular gains, however, come from countries currently still outside the top 20. Belgium, who finished third in Group 2, are up 13 places to No.24. The Netherlands, who lost to Belgium in the final for third place in Group 2, are up six places to No.25. Portugal, who finished second in Pool E on 19 points - ahead of the Czech Republic and Korea - are up ten places to No.28.
Click on the links below to find out more:
FIVB Senior World Ranking - Men.
FIVB Volleyball World League competition page