The FIVB Board of Administration approved a formula at its annual meeting in March however, following feedback from member federations, the FIVB Executive Group in collaboration with the five Confederation presidents, agreed to modify the distribution to eliminate the risk of having the two top teams in the world ranking in the same group.
Italy (June 8-10) Germany (June 8-10) Japan (June 1-10) *
1) Italy (WR3) Germany (WR13) Japan (WR 15)
2) The third highest WR The second highest WR The Highest of 3
CEV, NORCECA 1 or
CAVB or CSV
3) The fourth highest WR The fifth highest WR The sixth highest WR
4) AVC (Pakistan – WR43) AVC (India – WR 30) The lowest non-Asian
For rows 2-4, countries from the same continent cannot be placed in the same tournament.
The change sees all teams placed according to overall world ranking using the serpentine system rather than being divided by organisers and continent.
Therefore the three organizers Italy (WR 3), Germany (WR 13) and Japan WR(15) are positioned according to the world rankings (WR) (first event Italy, second event Germany and third event Japan) with the remaining teams placed starting in the second row with Japan following the table above.
The composition of each of the pools will be confirmed following the last of the Men’s Continental Olympic Qualification tournaments, which conclude on May 13.
There are a total of three World Olympic Qualification tournaments for men taking place in Japan (June 1-10), Italy and Germany (both on June 8-10) in addition to the five continental qualification tournaments.
The organisers and top four Asian teams will play at the World Olympic Qualification tournament in Japan, with nine additional teams as per the FIVB world ranking of January 4, 2012 participating with the organisers across the three tournaments as per the following breakdown: CEV (3), NORCECA (2), AVC (2), CSV (1) and CAVB (1).
A total of 12 teams per gender will participate in the volleyball competition at the 2012 Olympic Games with three vacancies on offer at the FIVB World Cup plus five vacancies from the continental Olympic qualifying tournaments, three from the world Olympic qualifying tournament(s) in addition to the hosts Great Britain.
The first of each World Olympic Qualification tournament will qualify to London. The first Asian team of the event in Japan will also qualify as per the Asian Confederation vacancy.
* The Asia World Olympic Qualification Tournament is combined with the Asia Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament offering an Olympic vacancy to the winner of the tournament and the best Asian team. If an Asian team wins the tournament, the next best Asia team will qualify for the Olympics.