FINA Water Polo World League

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FINA Water Polo World League
Fina wpwl logo.jpg
Sport Water Polo
Founded 2002
Continent all (International)
Most recent champion(s)  Serbia (Men's)
 United States (Women's)
Most titles  Serbia (Men's)
 United States (Women's)

The FINA Water Polo World League is an international water polo league organized by FINA, which plays annually, typically from winter through to June.[1] League play features continental tournaments for men and women, from which the top teams emerge to play in the championship tournament (the "Super Final") where the league champion team is crowned.

Men's league play began in 2002,[2] to capitalize on increased worldwide popularity of water polo created by the 2000 Olympic Games, especially in Europe, North America and Australia. The women’s league was added in 2004,[3] based on growing interest in women's play.

Play format[edit]

Matches consist of four eight-minute quarters, with a five-minute half-time break. Tie games are decided by an immediate penalty shootout. The game venues have television requirements to bring the sport to the biggest audience possible. Rule changes were made to provide more spectacular play and yield higher scores.

Preliminary rounds of play are organized by continent: Americas, Asia/Oceania, and Europe. The structure of continental play varies within the league. For example, for 2012, the Americas has a single tournament for each sex, Asia/Oceania has 2 tournaments for each sex on consecutive weekends, and Europe has 6 weekends of play for men and 2 for women.[4]

Results[edit]

Men[edit]

FINA Men's Water Polo World League
Year Host Winner Runner-up 3rd place
2002 Patras, Greece
Russia

Spain

Hungary
2003 New York, USA
Hungary

Italy

United States
2004 Long Beach, USA
Hungary

Serbia and Montenegro

Greece
2005 Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
Serbia and Montenegro

Hungary

Germany
2006 Athens, Greece
Serbia and Montenegro

Spain

Greece
2007 Berlin, Germany
Serbia

Hungary

Australia
2008 Genoa, Italy
Serbia

United States

Australia
2009 Podgorica, Montenegro
Montenegro

Croatia

Serbia
2010 Niš, Serbia
Serbia

Montenegro

Croatia
2011 Florence, Italy
Serbia

Italy

Croatia
2012 Almaty, Kazakhstan
Croatia

Spain

Italy
2013 Chelyabinsk, Russia
Serbia

Hungary

Montenegro
2014 Dubai, UAE
Serbia

Hungary

Montenegro

Men's medal standings

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Serbia* 8 1 1 10
2  Hungary 2 4 1 7
3  Croatia 1 1 2 4
3  Montenegro 1 1 2 4
5  Russia 1 - - 1
6  Spain - 3 - 3
7  Italy - 2 1 3
8  United States - 1 1 2
9  Australia - - 2 2
 Greece - - 2 2
11  Germany - - 1 1

* includes matches played as Serbia and Montenegro

Participation details

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF - Quarterfinals
  •  ×  — Did not enter qualifications
  •  •  — Did not qualify for the final tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •    — Hosts
Team 2002
Greece
(4)
2003
United States
(6)
2004
United States
(6)
2005
Serbia and Montenegro
Serbia
(6)
2006
Greece
(6)
2007
Germany
(8)
2008
Italy
(10)
2009
Montenegro
(8)
2010
Serbia
(8)
2011
Italy
(8)
2012
Kazakhstan
(8)
2013
Russia
(8)
2014
United Arab Emirates
(8)
2015
Italy
()
Years
 Algeria × × × × × × × × × × 0
 Australia × 4th 3rd 3rd 6th 4th 6th 7th × 4th 8
 Brazil × × × × 8th QF 7th 3
 Canada × × × 7th 6th × × 7th 6th 4
 China × × × 8th 9th × 7th 8th 6th QF 8th 7
 Croatia × × 4th 2nd 3rd 3rd 1st 5
 Egypt × × × × × × 10th × × × × × × 1
 France × × × × 6th × × × × × × 1
 Germany × × × 3rd 4th × 2
 Great Britain × × × × × × × × × × × × 0
 Greece 4th 5th 3rd 5th 3rd 8th 6
 Hungary 3rd 1st 1st 2nd × 2nd × × × × × 2nd 2nd 7
 Iran × × × × × × × × × × 0
 Italy 2nd 4th 7th 5th 2nd 3rd 6
 Japan × × × × 7th QF 2
 Kazakhstan × × × × × × × × 5th × 1
 Libya × × × × × × × × × × × × 0
 Macedonia × × × × × × × × × × 0
 Mexico × × × × × × × × × × × × 0
 Montenegro Part of  Serbia and Montenegro 4th 1st 2nd 5th × 3rd 3rd 6
 Morocco × × × × × × × × × × 0
 Netherlands × 6th × × × × × × × × × × 1
 New Zealand × × × × × × × × 0
 Puerto Rico × × × × × × × × × × × × 0
 Romania × × × 6th 1
 Russia 1st × × 6th QF 3
 Serbia Part of  Serbia and Montenegro 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st × 1st 1st 7
 Serbia and Montenegro × 4th 2nd 1st 1st official successor is  Serbia 4
 Slovakia × × × × × × × × × × × × 0
 South Africa × × × × × × × 8th 8th × × × × 2
 Spain 2nd × 5th 2nd 5th 6th 2nd × 6
 Tunisia × × × × × × × × × × × 0
 Turkey × × × × × × × × × 0
 United States 3rd 6th 5th 5th 2nd 4th 5th 4th 4th 4th 5th 11
 Venezuela × × × × × × × × × × × × 0

Women[edit]

FINA Women's Water Polo World League
Year Host Winner Runner-up 3rd Place
2004 Long Beach, USA
United States

Hungary

Italy
2005 Kirishi, Russia
Greece

Russia

Australia
2006 Cosenza, Italy
United States

Italy

Russia
2007 Montreal, Canada
United States

Australia

Greece
2008 Santa Cruz, Spain
Russia

United States

Australia
2009 Kirishi, Russia
United States

Canada

Australia
2010 La Jolla, USA
United States

Australia

Greece
2011 Tianjin, China
United States

Italy

Australia
2012 Changshu, China
United States

Australia

Greece
2013 Beijing, China
China

Russia

United States
2014 Kunshan, China
United States

Italy

Australia

Women's medal standings

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 8 1 1 10
2  Russia 1 1 1 3
3  Greece 1 - 3 4
4  China 1 - - 1
5  Australia - 3 5 8
6  Italy - 3 1 4
7  Canada - 1 - 1
8  Hungary - 1 - 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Water Polo World League page of the FINA website; retrieved 2012-03-03.
  2. ^ HistoFINA, Volume 8, part A, p.36; published by FINA in 2007. Retrieved 2012-03-03. ("HistoFINA" is FINA's self-history, volume 8 deals with Water Polo, this is part 1 of 2 for the volume.)
  3. ^ HistoFINA, Volume 8, part B, p.65; published by FINA in 2007. Retrieved 2012-03-03. ("HistoFINA" is FINA's self-history, volume 8 deals with Water Polo, this is part 2 of 2 for the volume.)
  4. ^ FINA Water Polo World League 2012 Edition - Programme, published 2012-02-27; retrieved 2012-03-03.

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