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Grand Champions Cup
The FIVBVolleyball Grand Champions Cup is played every
four years in the year following the summer Olympic
Games and preceding the World Championships.
The tournament, first held in 1993, has
been hosted by Japan on every occasion
and features six teams in both the men’s
and women’s competition.
Volleyball’s flagship annual event for men, started by
the FIVB in 1990, is a spectacular showcase for the
crème de la crème of men’s volleyball.
For the first time in the history of the
competition, the FIVB’s premier annual
men’s tournament will feature a record
36 teams, a further expansion from the
32 teams that took part in 2015. The 2016
season will be shorter to accommodate
the countries participating at the Rio
2016 Olympic Games, running from June
The Intercontinental Round will adopt the same format
as the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix with three
different cities per group hosting matches in each of the
A total of twelve teams will play in Group 1 including
France, Serbia and USA who took first, second and third
place respectively in the 2015 Finals. They will be joined
by Poland, Brazil, Italy, Iran, Australia, Russia and wild
cards, Argentina, Belgium and Bulgaria.
The Group 1 Finals will be held in Poland from July 13-17
with the top five ranked sides plus the hosts battling for
Group 2 is composed of the 12 teams ranked 13th to
24th in 2015. They are: Japan, the Netherlands, Canada,
Finland, Czech Republic, Cuba, Korea and Portugal as well
as wild cards China, Turkey, Slovakia and 2015 Group 3
winners Egypt who have been promoted.
Group 1 and 2 matches will begin on the weekend of
June 16 and run through to July 3. The Group 2 Finals
will then be held in Matosinhos, Portugal from July 9-10
where the top three ranked sides join the hosts in the
A further twelve teams will compete in Group 3. Slovenia
qualified for their first ever World League through the
2015 European League while Chinese Taipei and Qatar
will also make their bow in the tournament. They join
2015 sides Greece, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Montenegro,
Puerto Rico, Spain, Tunisia, and Venezuela as well as the
The pool round matches for Group 3 will take place
over two weekends: on June 17-19 and June 24-26.
The twelve teams in the group will play in pools of
four teams each with the top three sides joining hosts
Germany at the Finals in Frankfurt.
France made an impact in 2015 as they rose through
the ranks by winning the Group 2 and Group 1 Finals.
Laurent Tillie’s side swept their Group 2 matches and
eventually won the Group 1 Final with an overwhelming
performance. The team later completed their season
with a EuroVolley gold medal.
Over 420 players and a total of 29 cities featured during
the 2015 edition, with almost 700,000 spectators
attending 174 matches.
In 2013 the teams comprised the hosts, the four 2013
Continental Champions from continents whose teams
reached the highest ranking in the preceding Olympic
Games and a wild card team, jointly selected by the
FIVB, the Japan Volleyball Association (JVA) and the
Nippon television Network Corporation (NTV).
The sixth edition of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World
Grand Champions Cup was held in the cities of Nagoya
and Tokyo in Japan and was followed by the FIVB
Volleyball Men’s World Grand Champions Cup in the
cities of Kyoto and Tokyo.
In the men’s competition Brazil beat out the competition
in the round robin tournament for the gold medal,
ahead of silver and bronze medallists, Russia and Italy.
Brazil then went on to win the top spot in the women’s
competition, making them the first women’s team ever
to triumph twice in the World Grand Champions Cup,
while USA finished in second place and hosts Japan
The next edition will be held in Japan in 2017.