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FIVB Volleyball

World Grand Prix

The FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix featured eight

teams in its debut season in 1993 and from 1995 to

2002, while 12 teams were in action in 1994 and from

2003 to 2010. Sixteen teams took part in the 2011 and

2012 editions with this increasing to 20 in 2013 and

finally a ground-breaking 28 teams in 2014, continuing

in 2015 and 2016.

This year’s edition of the World Grand

Prix – the FIVB’s signature annual

women’s tournament – will take place in

the immediate build-up to the Rio 2016

Olympic Games. It will also overlap with

the 2016 edition of the FIVB Volleyball

World League, which will take place from

June 16-July 17.

The 2016 edition of the World Grand Prix will be played

over a period of just six weeks from June 3 through to

July 10. The Preliminary Round in Groups 2 and 3 will

take place over two weeks from June 3-12. The Group 2

and 3 Finals will follow on the weekend of June 18-19,

taking place in Varna, Bulgaria and Almaty, Kazakhstan

respectively.

The Group 1 Preliminary Round will be played out over

three weeks from June 9-26. The Group 1 Finals will

take place from July 6-10 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Six teams will play the Group 1 Finals, split into two

pools of three. In a departure from last year’s format,

pool play will be followed by semifinals and finals.

The format of the Group 2 and 3 Finals remains

unchanged. The three best teams from the preliminary

round rankings will be joined by the competition hosts

- in each case, the four teams will play semifinals and

finals.

Group 1 includes 2015 World Grand Prix winners USA

and 10-time winners Brazil, and a stellar cast of top-

ranked teams including Russia, China, Italy, Japan,

Germany, Serbia, Thailand, Belgium and Turkey. The

Netherlands complete the 12-team composition after

they were promoted from Group 2.

The six-teamWorld Grand Prix Finals will feature the top

five teams in Group 1 and hosts Thailand.

Group 2 includes the Dominican Republic (relegated

from Group 1), Poland, the Czech Republic, Puerto Rico,

Bulgaria, Canada, Argentina and Kenya (promoted from

Group 3).

Group 3 will feature Croatia (relegated from Group 2),

Peru, Colombia, Australia, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Algeria

and Mexico.

USA became the first ever team to win gold while

hosting the Finals of a World Grand Prix, when they

sailed through the final six in Omaha undefeated in

2015. Russia took second place and Brazil third.

The 2015 edition brought together 28 teams in three

groups, with the ‘Queens of Africa’ Kenya capping a

brilliant year, topping Group 3 top in Canberra,Australia.

And to close the season, the Netherlands defeated

Poland in Lublin to win Group 2.