Sportsnet host broadcaster for World League

OTTAWA (May 17, 2013)– Volleyball Canada is pleased to announce Sportsnet as the Canadian host broadcaster for the FIVB Volleyball World League 2013 season which will include mostly live coverage of Canada’s home matches.

The FIVB Volleyball World League is the most prestigious tournament in the sport and features 18 countries this season including the top-12 in the world. Canada returned to the World League circuit last year and placed 12th and is primed to improve on that result in 2013 with an experienced and professionally-seasoned squad.

"We are very excited about this partnership with Sportsnet in broadcasting all of the World League intercontinental round matches this 2013 season," stated Mark Eckert, Volleyball Canada's Executive Director. "This will give us the opportunity to showcase the Canadian Men's National Team playing our sport at the highest global level on Sportsnet channels across the country."

Canada competes in pool C and will face its five opponents twice with six of the matches held in Canada.

Here is the broadcast schedule for the matches in Canada

Friday, May 31 @ 7 p.m.- Canada vs the Netherlands – Live on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific (National)

Saturday, June 1 @ 4 p.m. EST – Canada vs the Netherlands - Live on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West, Pacific (National)

Friday, June 7 @ 7 p.m. EST – Canada vs Portugal - Live on Sportsnet ONE

Saturday, June 8 @ 7 p.m. EST – Canada vs Portugal - Tape delayed on Sportsnet ONE @ 23:00, Encore on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West, Pacific on June 9 @ 10:00am

Friday, June 14 @ 7 p.m.EST – Canada vs South Korea - Live on Sportsnet ONE

Saturday, June 15 @ 7 p.m. EST – Canada vs South Korea - Live on Sportsnet ONE

Broadcast times for Canada’s away matches are still to be announced:

            Fri, June 28       Canada vs Finland in Tampere, Finland              

            Sat, June 29      Canada vs Finland in Tampere, Finland              

            Sat, July 6        Canada vs Japan in Osaka, Japan                    

            Sun, July 7        Canada vs Japan in Osaka, Japan

If Canada places first in its pool it will advance to the World League final set for July 17-21 in Mar del Plata, Argentina.  Competition is expected to be fierce for that spot. Canada is ranked 18th in the world followed by Japan at 19, South Korea at 24 and Portugal and Netherlands both at 36.

For more information: http://www.volleyball.ca/content/world-league-2013 and www.fivb.org