for FIVB World Championships
Switzerland, February 1, 2013 – A record number of 295 teams
have registered to enter the qualification process for the 2014
FIVB Volleyball World Championships.
total, coming from 162 national federations across the five FIVB
confederations, represents an increase of 81 teams from the
previous best of 214 teams from 119 federations for the 2010
“It is extremely
pleasing to see the level of interest in the FIVB World
Championships and the outstanding number of countries
participating in the FIVB’s signature volleyball event,” FIVB
President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° said. “This is a continuation of
the growth of our sport.
success of the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup which saw a
record 143 countries participate in the 2012 Olympic
qualification process, the FIVB Volleyball World Championships
is continuing the trend of increased participation across
volleyball and beach volleyball.”
The break down by
gender is also impressive. The FIVB Volleyball Men’s World
Championship Poland 2014 has 154 countries registered (up from
113 in 2010) while the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World
Championship Italy 2014 features 141 countries in the
qualification process (up from 101 in 2010).
process will see countries compete within their confederation to
determine the 23 participants who will join the hosts at the
FIVB Volleyball World Championships next year.
Confederation has already started its qualification process with
eight men’s and eight women’s first round tournaments held in
2012 with the top three teams from each advancing to the second
round. The process will continue through to the third round
where the five NORCECA men’s and six women’s representatives
will be determined.
A total of 40
National Federations of NORCECA have registered 39 men’s and 38
The winner of the
World Championships will qualify for the FIVB Volleyball World
Cup 2015, which is the first Olympic qualification event for the
Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Russia is the most
successful nation in the FIVB Volleyball World Championships
having won the men’s title six times (all as USSR) and the women’s
crown five times, including the last two editions. Brazil has
won the last three men’s editions.