Here are some questions and answers to give you an idea of what the FIVB World League is all about.
What is World League? And what’s the big deal?
World league is a yearly tournament put on by FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball). It started off in 1990 as an intensive marketing program to promote the sport of volleyball in a way that would appeal to audiences around the world.
In 2013, the Canadian team won its pool, advancing to the playoffs and winning an exciting battle against the top-ranked Russian team, ultimately finishing fifth overall. The team’s performance resulted in a seven-place gain for Canada in the World Rankings – from 18th to 11th.
With Canada’s successes in the last few years, including recently qualifying for World Championships in September, they are on their way to qualifying for Rio 2016. World League offers a rare opportunity to watch Olympic level volleyball live in our home town.
Where does World League take place?
World League, unlike World Championships and Olympic games, is designed to be played in several cities around the world allowing every team to host a number of matches during preliminary rounds (round robin).
Canada is hosting 3 matches during the preliminary rounds:
- Canada vs. Finland, Stampede Corral, Calgary – May 31st /June 1st
- Canada vs. Belgium, Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre (UBC), Vancouver – June 13th/14th
- Canada vs. Australia, Rexall Place, Edmonton – June 20th/21st June
How many teams are participating in World League 2014?
This is the 25th Edition of the FIVB World League. In 2013, there were 18 teams, this year there are 28.
Who is playing for Canada?
The team is led by captain Fred Winters, who just wrapped up another season playing in the Chinese professional league.
Why is this tournament important to Team Canada?
For a large part of the year, team Canada members are playing professionally around the world. The World Championship qualifier at the beginning of May was the first time they’ve come together as a team this season. After qualifying, they are now looking ahead to the World Championships in Poland. The FIVB World League tournament is a great place for the men’s team to play as a team again in preparation for World Championships.
It’s also a great way for them to connect with their fans at home and to promote the sport in Canada.
Who are some of the past World League Champions?
2013 – Gold: Russia, Silver: Brazil, Bronze: Italy
2012 – Gold: Poland, Silver: USA, Bronze: Cuba
2011 – Gold: Russia, Silver: Brazil, Bronze Poland
Where can I get tickets for the Vancouver June 13th/14th Match?
General admission for adult is $22.60 and $15.95 for kids under 13. You can get tickets on ticketmaster.ca and there will also be tickets sold on site for the same price.
Where can I watch all the other Canadian Games?
The games will be broadcast on SportsnetOne.
How can I get involved?
Each event is looking for volunteers to help with various positions including set-up and take down, team hosts, transportation and more. For more information check out the Volleyball Canada World League Volunteers Page.