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FIVB Volleyball

World Championships

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,

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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.

FIVB Volleyball

World Cup

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.