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Expanded tournament a reflection of development

The FIVB Volleyball World League continues to develop and

grow year-on-year. The 2015 edition of the world’s premier

annual volleyball tournament for men is no exception, and

I am delighted to be able to welcome 32 teams to the

competition, an increase of four countries from the 2014


The World League has long had a reputation of testing

teams to the limit. The long format of the tournament,

where every game matters, and the challenging route to

the Finals mean this year’s edition is not going to be any


The exhilarating schedule features three groups, with

Group 1 consisting of eight teams and Groups 2 and 3

made up of 12 countries each. This extended format

culminates with three Finals, with the winners of Group 1

eventually crowned on July 19.

It is going to be a breathless tournament at all levels, with

the top tier desperate to lay down a marker one year out

from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, while teams in Groups

2 and 3 will be fighting for promotion up to the next level

of the competition. There is everything to play for.

The fact that the FIVB has once again been able to expand

the World League is testament to the developmental work

being done on a global scale. I am delighted to welcome

Montenegro and Kazakhstan to the tournament for the

first time, while Greece, Egypt and Venezuela are both

back after a lengthy absence. It is proof that our efforts to

expand volleyball’s horizons and break boundaries in terms

of reaching new audiences are paying off.

I look forward to watching the action unfold and wish the

teams every success.

Dr. Ary S. Graça F°

FIVB President