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FIVB confirms: 32 teams per gender will compete in World Championships in 2026

by WoV

The President of the Japanese Volleyball Association (JVA), Shunichi Kawai, announced the possibility of expanding the number of participating national teams in the next men’s and women’s FIVB World Championships, and the governing body of world volleyball has confirmed it.

Poland vs Italy, 2022 FIVB Men’s World Championship (Photo: en.volleyballworld.com)

With the announcement of applying to host both men’s and women’s World Championships in four years, the head of JVA, Kawai, said that these two events will be played with an increased number of participating teams. The information was confirmed from the highest instance – the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).

Following the FIVB Board of Administration’s agreement, the FIVB has announced an increase in the number of participating teams in the World Championships, with 32 teams per gender expected to compete in the upcoming editions of the famous competition instead of 24 teams. For the round-robin phase of the competition, 32 teams will be divided into eight groups of four teams, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the direct knockout phase, which consists of the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final. The improved competition formula will be the same for the men’s and women’s events.

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1 comment

Joe October 19, 2022 - 2:57 am

This tour should be every two years not four! Every two then shows the team that is at top, just prior to the upcoming Olympics.
Adding this many teams should mean players as well should be upped. Then in which region are teams being added from as it does not state.


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