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 VOLLEYBALL WORLD LEAGUE
MEDIA GUIDE 2015