ERTIESRIO 2016 dEVELOPMENT MEDICAL RECORDS HISTORY STRUCTURE INFO
As the original FIVB tournament, the men’s
and women’s World Championships are
staged every four years and are the most
prestigious in international volleyball.
The first FIVB Volleyball World Championships were
organised in 1949 for men and 1952 for women and
have remained the biggest event in volleyball, alongside
the Olympic Games. A record 279 teams participated in
the qualification process for the FIVB Volleyball World
Championships in 2014. This total, coming from 166
national federations across the five FIVB confederations,
represents an increase of 65 teams from the previous
best of 214 teams from 119 federations for the 2010
World Championships (compared with 102 in 2006, 72
in 2002 and 63 in 1998).
The FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland
2014 saw the host country seal their second crown with
victory over Brazil in the final. Germany completed the
podium after defeating European rivals France in the
bronze medal match to take their first podium place as
a unified country in the tournament.
USA clinched their first ever gold medal win in the
tournament with a victory over China in the final of
the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy
2014 while Brazil held off hosts Italy for bronze.
The next FIVB Volleyball World Championships will take
place in 2018 with Italy and Bulgaria hosting the men’s
edition and Japan the women’s.
The road to the Olympic Games commences with the
FIVB Volleyball World Cup, the quadrennial round robin
event that showcases the very best 12 men’s and 12
women’s national teams in the world.
Japan and television partner Fuji TV host an event that
grips the nation and produces incredible television ratings.
Traditionally, the top three teams in
the men’s and women’s competitions at
the World Cup had earned berths in the
Olympic Games volleyball tournaments.
However, the 2015 edition offered that
reward to the top two sides only.
USA claimed their first FIVB Volleyball Men’s World
Cup in 2015 with Italy finishing second and capturing
the second Rio 2016 Olympic Games place. Poland,
meanwhile, finished third.
China added a fourth title to their name in the women’s
contest after success in 1981, 1985 and 2003 as Serbia
grabbed silver and the second Rio 2016 Olympic Games
berth with USA taking bronze.
Poland hosted the first World Cup in 1965 for men only
before Uruguay hosted the first World Cup for women
in 1973. Following the first two editions for men and
the first edition for women, Japan gave new life to the
Men’s and Women’s World Cups by staging the third
and second editions respectively in 1977 before going
on to host every edition since.