Bigger than ever: FIVB Volleyball World
League expands for 26
The records continue as the FIVB Volleyball World League
enters its 26
edition which is set to be the biggest ever in
the history of the tournament.
Thirty two teams – including defending champions USA
and newly-crowned world champions Poland – will contest
the title at the most prestigious annual tournament in the
world of men’s volleyball. With four more teams than last
year, the FIVBWorld League, which has thrilled hundreds of
millions of fans around the world since its debut in 1990,
continues its spectacular growth. The year’s tournament
will run for 10 weeks, giving fans the added treat of an
extra week of world class volleyball action.
The Intercontinental Round will begin on May 16 and will
culminate in the World League Finals in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, where the winner will be crowned on July 19.
Two strong nations make their debut in the FIVB World
League in the shape of 2014 Euro League winners
Montenegro and Kazakhstan, who finished third in the
2014 AVC Cup. They bring the total number of countries to
have played in the World League to 33.
Returning after a long break are 2014 Euro League
runners-up Greece (who last appeared in 2005), African
Nations champions Egypt (2010) and Venezuela (2009).
Only Brazil and Italy have played in all 25 previous editions
of the World League.
All the former winners are also back in action again:
Brazil (nine titles), Italy (eight), Russia (three), defending
champions USA (two), world champions Poland, Cuba and
the Netherlands (one title each).
The tournament began with just eight countries, who
took part in the inaugural competition in 1990. In 1991
the number of teams had risen to 10, while 12 nations
competed from 1992-2000 and 2004-05. The field
featured 16 teams from 2001-2003 and 2006-2012. 2013
saw 18 different countries compete, with that increasing to
28 in 2014 with the new record of 32 in this year.