This is a significant increase in the level of participation from the 2010 edition when only 15 countries, comprising 13 men’s and 13 women’s teams, took part in the qualifications.
The 2014 FIVB World Championship qualifications will feature 42 men’s and 40 women’s teams.
As the African Sports Organizing Committee (SOC) proposed in their meeting last year, the African teams will be divided into sub zonal groups.
Only 28 teams will proceed to the zonal phase where they will be regrouped into pools. The top twelve countries will advance to the finals which will include the top three ranked teams in the men’s competition and the top two ranked teams in the women’s. In the finals only the top three men’s and the top two women’s teams will qualify for the World Championships.
Egypt, Cameroon and Tunisia represented the African continent at the 2010 Men’s FIVB World Championship in Italy while Algeria and Kenya made their way to the 2010 Women’s FIVB World Championship in Japan.
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