Teams and hosts of European Qualifier for 2017 U23 World Championships confirmed
2016 CEV U22 European Qualification – Men / Women
Luxembourg, April 22, 2016. The 2017 FIVB U23 Volleyball World Championships will be played in the summer of next year with the competition taking place in Egypt and Slovenia for men and women, respectively. Europe has been awarded two guaranteed slots for each of these World Championships. The slots will be allocated through a U22 European Qualification to be played in 2016 where six European teams per gender will compete for their ticket to the World Championship.
Six European teams per gender will compete in a single round robin European Qualification tournament for a place at the 2017 FIVB U23 World Championships. This is the first time ever a European Qualification is being organised to determine the teams that will compete at this prestigious tournament, which was first introduced in 2013 by the FIVB. The goal of these qualifiers is to provide young players with more opportunities to compete on the international stage and complete their transition from the under-age groups towards the senior level.
The composition for the U22 European Qualification - Men and the respective organiser read as follows:
Croatia (org.), Italy, Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovenia
The top two teams will claim the European slots and will join Russia, who are already qualified being the number 1 in the U23 Men’s world ranking. The U22 European Qualification – Men is scheduled for July 27-31, 2016 and will take place at Zagreb’s (CRO) Dom odbojke Bojan Stranić arena.
The Women’s U23 World Championship will feature three European teams as well. Slovenia are directly qualified as they were appointed as the 2017 hosts. The following teams will fight for the two European slots:
Serbia (org.), Turkey, Italy, Bulgaria, Poland, Croatia
The tournament is scheduled to be played at the SC ‘Vlade Divac’ competition hall in Vrnjačka Banja (SRB) from July 27-31, 2016.
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Picture: Russia claimed gold at the 2015 FIVB Men’s U23 World Championship in Dubai, UAE to lead a European sweep of the medals as Turkey and Italy settled for silver and bronze, respectively