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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
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
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 will feature Croatia (relegated from Group 2),
Peru, Colombia, Australia, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Algeria
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.