About The World League
The FIVB World League is synonymous with fantastic matches and top-class sport and entertainment, involving a captivating format of 18 teams fighting it out for a place in the final round.
The Canadian Men competed in the World League in 2012 after qualifying in late summer 2011 by defeating both Slovakia and Puerto Rico. This was Canada’s sixth World League appearance and first since 2007.
The 2012 World League saw Canada grouped in a pool with world #1 Brazil, world #4 Poland and world #27 Finland. After starting strong with a 2-1 record on home soil in Toronto and defeating both Brazil and Finland, the Canadians then went on the road to Poland, Brazil and finally Finland for the next three weekend events. In the final match of the inter-continental round, Canada defeated Finland and finished in third place in the pool, twelfth overall, qualifying them automatically for the World League in 2013.
For 2013, it was determined that the World League would increase from 16 to 18 teams, structured in 3 pools of 6 for the intercontinental round, playing a weekend series with each other country in your group for a total of 10 matches per team. In this format the top 3 ranked teams in each pool will play host to 3 weekend series, and play away for 2 series, while the 3 lower ranked teams would play host to 2 weekends, and on the road for 3 series.
The current pool compositions are as follows:
Pool A: Brazil (WR1), Poland (WR4), USA (WR5), Bulgaria (WR8), Argentina (WR9) and France (WR16)
Pool B: Russia (WR2), Italy (WR3), Cuba (WR6), Serbia (WR7), Germany (WR10), Iran (WR14)
Pool C: Canada (WR18), Korea (WR22), Finland (WR31), the Netherlands (WR41), Portugal (WR36), Japan (WR19)
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