The competition is not one of the main events in the FIVB international calendar, but it is perceived by the participating countries as an important test for their national teams. Those with a younger group were using the event to provide international experience to their players.
The format adopted was very simple. Six teams, divided in two groups of three, played for the berths in the Semifinals. That being the case, only the last team of each group failed to qualify, the remaining four advancing to the Semifinals in the following system: winner of Group A versus second place of Group B and winner of Group B versus second place of Group A. The winners of the Semifinal matches would play for the title, whereas the losers played for the third place. If two or more teams were to have the same number of victories in the first round, the team with more sets won would take precedence, if the tie persisted, then the set average (sets won minus sets lost) would decide the final standing.