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FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022

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After the group stage, only 16 of the best men’s volleyball teams remain in the race for the 2022 world championship title.

Barely a year after the end of the Olympic competitions, the 20th FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship Poland Slovenia 2022are in the knockout finals, with the round of 16 taking place September 3-6.

Originally planned in Russia, the event was moved to Poland and Slovenia which stepped in to host it after the outbreak of war in Ukraine. This is the second time that Poland has hosted the competition after 2014; Slovenia has never hosted the Worlds.

Co-hosts Poland are two-time defending championsafter winning in Katowice in 2014 and Turin, Italy in 2018. They came top of Pool C with 9 points from 3 group matches and remain among the favorites to win the title.

Ranking points earned in this tournament count towards qualification for the 2023 Olympic Qualifying Tournament, where several of the 12 spots available for men’s teams at the 2024 Paris Olympics are to be decided.

READ MORE: How to qualify for volleyball at Paris 2024

Men’s Volleyball World Championship 2022: final group stage standings, venues and teams to watch

Three host cities from both countries hosted the 24 teams, divided into six groups for the initial phase of the tournament.

The top two teams from each group after the single round robin stage, along with the top four third-placed teams, progressed to the knockout knockout finals. The remaining eight teams were eliminated.

This replaces the old format, which in 2018 saw three separate round-robin group stages before a semi-final and final, making it easier for fans to follow the action.

The Stozice Arena in Ljubljana hosted four groups – Pools B, D, E and F – with its capacity of 12,500, as well as four round of 16 matches and two quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, the capacity of 11,000 Spodek indoor, named after its flying saucer shape, hosted the eight teams from pools A and C in Katowice. Spodek was also the host arena for the 2014 World Championships, the last time Poland hosted the event. It will also host the semi-finals and medal matches at this tournament.

One of the largest indoor arenas in Poland, the Gliwice Arena will host the other four round of 16 and two quarter-finals.

Final classification of the group. Each team played 3 games:

Pool A (played in Katowice)

  1. Serbia. 9 points – Qualified for the Round of 16 automatically.
  2. Ukraine. 6 Points – Qualified for the Round of 16 automatically.
  3. Tunisia. 3 points – Qualified for the Round of 16 as the best third team.
  4. Porto Rico. 0 dots.

Pool B (played in Ljubljana)

  1. Brazil. 8 Points – Qualified for the Round of 16 automatically.
  2. Japan. 6 Points – Qualified for the Round of 16 automatically.
  3. Cuba. 4 points – Qualified for the Round of 16 as the best third team.
  4. Qatar. 0 dots

Pool C (played in Katowice)

  1. Poland (co-hosts). 9 points – Qualified for the Round of 16 automatically.
  2. United States. 6 dots
  3. Mexico. 2 points.
  4. Bulgaria. 1 Point.

Pool D (playing in Ljubljana)

  1. France. 8 Points – Qualified for the Round of 16 automatically.
  2. Slovenia (co-hosts). 7 points – Qualified for the Round of 16 automatically.
  3. Germany. 3 points. – Qualified for the Round of 16 as the best third-placed team.
  4. Cameroon. 0 dots.

Pool E (playing in Ljubljana)

  1. Italy. 9 points – Qualified for the Round of 16 automatically.
  2. Turkey. 6 Points – Qualified for the Round of 16 automatically.
  3. Canada. 3 points
  4. China. 0 dots.

Hen F (playing in Ljubljana)

  1. Netherlands. 8 Points – Qualified for the Round of 16 automatically.
  2. Iran. 5 Points – Qualified for the Round of 16 automatically.
  3. Argentina. 4 points – Qualified for the Round of 16 as the best third team.
  4. Egypt. 1 Point.

With the co-hosts Poland the two-time defending champions, on paper they are the favorites to win a third consecutive world title (and fourth overall) on home soil. However, they must do so without their talismanic powerhouse Wilfredo Leon. The Cuban-born outside striker has been ruled out as he hasn’t fully recovered from knee surgery in June.

The United States came through Group C and are the 2018 bronze medalists. However, the Americans’ fortunes have varied wildly in recent years and they finished a disappointing 10th place at the Tokyo Olympics.

France topped Group D which included co-hosts Slovenia and are the surprise reigning Olympic champions. They have reached the semi-finals of the World Championships twice, finishing third in 2002 and fourth the last time the tournament was held in Katowice in 2014. Can they continue that momentum this year?

Italy, Braziland Serbia are perennial heavyweights in the sport and have all finished top of their groups. The Brazilians have played in the last five World Championship finals since 2002 and it would be a surprise if they didn’t come back this far.

FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland Slovenia 2022: Knockout Finals Schedule

All times Central European Summer Time / CEST (UTC/GMT +2 hours)

Saturday September 3

  • 5:30 p.m. – Round of 16, Ljubljana – Slovenia V Germany
  • 9:15 p.m. – Round of 16, Ljubljana – Italy v Cuba

Sunday September 4

  • 5:30 p.m. – Round of 16, Gilwice – USA v Turkey
  • 9:00 p.m. – Round of 16, Gilwice – Poland v Tunisia

monday september 5

  • 5:30 p.m. – Round of 16, Ljubljana – Netherlands v Ukraine
  • 9:00 p.m. – Round of 16, Ljubljana – France v Japan

tuesday september 6

  • 5:30 p.m. – Round of 16, Gilwice – Serbia v Argentina
  • 9:00 p.m. – Round of 16, Gilwice – Brazil v Iran

Wednesday, September 7

  • 6:00 p.m. – Quarter-finals, Ljubljana – Italy v France
  • 9:00 p.m. – Quarter-finals, Ljubljana – Slovenia v Ukraine

Thursday, September 8

  • 5:30 p.m. – Quarter-finals, Gilwice – Argentina v Brazil
  • 9:00 p.m. – Quarter-finals, Gilwice – Poland v USA

The schedule and times for the semi-finals will be confirmed once the quarter-final matches have been completed.

Saturday September 10

  • 6:00 p.m. – Semi-finals, Katowice
  • 9:00 p.m. – Semi-finals, Katowice

Sunday September 11

  • 6:00 p.m. – Bronze Medal Final, Katowice
  • 9:00 p.m. – Gold Medal Final, Katowice

How to watch the FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship 2022

Matches from the 2022 World Championships in Poland and Slovenia will be broadcast on the Olympic Channel via Olympics.com in select regions.

The action is also available on the FIVB’s own volleyball television subscription streaming service.

Each group stage and knockout match will be offered live and on demand on this service.

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