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10/11/2016 16:43
Everything is set for exciting European qualification process to 2017 Men’s U21 and Women’s U20 World Champs
2017 FIVB U20 Women / U21 Men Volleyball World Championship - European Qualification

Luxembourg, November 10, 2016. After they put on a show earlier this summer when contesting the Final Rounds of their respective European Championships, Europe’s rising Volleyball stars will be taking centre stage again in early January when taking part in the qualification process for the 2017 edition of the FIVB Women’s U20 and Men’s U21 World Championships. As a result of the rules set by FIVB, two European teams per gender – Italy and Serbia for the Women’s U20, Russia and Italy for the Men’s U21 competition respectively – are already qualified to the World Champs since they feature among the top five in the FIVB Ranking for their respective age groups.

The European qualification to the 2017 FIVB Women’s U20 and Men’s U21 World Championships will commence in January 2017 with a first round as per the results of the Drawing of Lots held on Thursday at the CEV headquarters in Luxembourg.

Women’s U20


The gold medallists from the 2016 CEV U19 Volleyball European Championship – Women, Russia, start their campaign from the 2nd Round.

1st Round – January 5-8, 2017

Pool A: Latvia (org.), Germany, Croatia, Denmark
Pool B: Turkey (org.), Bulgaria, Finland, Austria
Pool C: Romania (org.), France, Netherlands, Estonia
Pool D: Portugal (org.), Belgium, Poland

The first placed teams of each pool plus the three second-placed teams with the best score will progress to the second stage of the qualification process. Since one of the first-round pools consists of three teams only, the second best placed teams will be determined after discarding the results of the matches with the team finishing last in each one of the pools of four.

2nd Round – May 18-21, 2017

Pool E: 1st Pool A, 1st Pool D, 2nd Best 2nd Placed from Round 1, Best 2nd Placed from Round 1
Pool F: Russia, 1st Pool C, 1st Pool B, 3rd Best 2nd Placed from Round 1

The eventual winners of the two second-round tournaments will join Italy and Serbia to compose the European contingent for next year’s Women’s U20 Worlds in Mexico (in Boca del Rio and Cordoba, July 7-16, 2017).

Men’s U21

The gold and silver medallists from the 2016 CEV U20 Volleyball European Championship – Men, Poland and Ukraine, start their campaign from the 2nd Round.

1st Round – January 5-8, 2017

Pool A: Germany (org.), Romania, Estonia
Pool B: Belgium, Turkey, Croatia (org.), Latvia
Pool C: Portugal (org.), Serbia, Austria, Netherlands
Pool D: Bulgaria (org.), France, Denmark

The first placed teams of each pool plus the two second-placed teams with the best score will progress to the second stage of the qualification process. Since two of the first-round pools consist of three teams only, the second best placed teams will be determined after discarding the results of the matches with the team finishing last in each one of the pools of four.

2nd Round – May 18-21, 2017

Pool E: Ukraine, 1st Pool C, 1st Pool D, 2nd Best 2nd Placed from Round 1
Pool F: Poland, 1st Pool A, 1st Pool B, Best 2nd Placed from Round 1

The eventual winners of the two second-round tournaments will join Russia and Italy plus hosts Czech Republic to compose the European contingent for next year’s Men’s U21 Worlds (in Brno and Ceske Budejovice, June 23-July 2, 2017).

Teams participating in the 1st Round were drawn according to the latest European Ranking in the respective age group.

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2016 U20 European champions Poland will be one of the main contenders for one of two spots at stake to qualify to the 2017 edition of the FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship.

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