The composition of the two preliminary Pools reads as follows:
Pool I in Gdynia (POL): Russia, Poland, Serbia, Belgium, Italy and Finland
Pool II in Randers (DEN): Bulgaria, Denmark, Spain, Turkey, Greece and Germany
Teams were drawn as per their ranking in the previous edition and their performance in the three qualification rounds that were completed this past week thereby making up the starting field of the Championship.
The DOL was attended by CEV Vice President and Jury President Philip Berben and carried out by ESOC member Luis Fernando Muchaga, with the host countries being represented by Miroslaw Przedpelski, CEV Vice President and President of the Polish Volleyball Federation, and Mikael Trolle, Secretary General of the Danish Volleyball Federation. This Championship is seen as a sort of “test event” for the major Volleyball party that the same countries will be celebrating in September 2013 as the final round of the senior competition was also assigned to the “tandem” composed by Denmark and Poland.