2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship

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2018 Men's World Championship
Italy-Bulgaria 2018 WCH.png
Tournament details
Host nation Italy
 Bulgaria
Dates9–30 September
Teams24 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)9 (in 9 host cities)
Champions Poland (3rd title)
Runners-up Brazil
Third place United States
Fourth place Serbia
Tournament awards
MVP Bartosz Kurek
Best Setter Micah Christenson
Best OH Michał Kubiak
Douglas Souza
Best MB Piotr Nowakowski
Lucas Saatkamp
Best OPP Matt Anderson
Best Libero Paweł Zatorski
Tournament statistics
Matches played94
Attendance389,029 (4,139 per match)
Best scorer Bartosz Kurek (171 points)
Best spiker Douglas Souza (56.58%)
Best blocker Bartosz Kurek (0.48 Avg)
Best server Marko Ivović (0.36 Avg)
Best setter Micah Christenson (6.51 Avg)
Best digger Erik Shoji (1.64 Avg)
Best receiver Taylor Sander (34.78%)
Official website
FIVB Men's World Championship

The 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship was the 19th staging of the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship, contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), the sport's global governing body. The final tournament was held in Italy and Bulgaria from 9 to 30 September 2018. For the first time the tournament was jointly-hosted by more than one country. The final six was hosted by Italy at the Pala Alpitour in Turin.[1]

Poland defended their world title, defeating the reigning olympic champions Brazil in straight sets at a repeat of the 2014 final.[2][3] This was Poland's third title overall, and the third time in the last four editions of the World Championship that Brazil and Poland contested the final. This was also the fifth straight World Championship with Brazil reaching at least the final. United States won the 3rd place match, defeating Serbia in four sets.[4] Bartosz Kurek from Poland was elected the MVP.[5]

The first round match between Russia and Tunisia set the new all-time lowest-scoring record in a World Championship set since the new volleyball scoring rules were adopted, with Russia winning the second set by 25–6. The previous record was a 25–8 achieved by United States against Puerto Rico during the 2014 World Championship.[6]

Host selection[edit]

On 9 December 2015, FIVB announced that the tournament would be held in Italy and Bulgaria. For the first time the championship will take place in more than one country.[1] The tournament will take place in six Italian cities (Bari, Bologna, Florence, Assago, Rome and Turin) and three Bulgarian cities (Ruse, Varna and Sofia).[7]

Both Italy and Bulgaria have previously hosted the Men's World Championship. Italy last organised the 2010 edition, when Brazil claimed the title their third straight title. Italy also hosted the men's event in 1978 as well as the 2014 Women's World Championship. Moreover, Italy hosted the 1985 Men's U21 World Championship, the 1985 Women's U20 World Championship and the 2009 Boys' U19 World Championship. Bulgaria, on the other hand, hosted both the men's and women's senior editions in 1970. Both countries have also played hosts to other important volleyball competitions, including the Men's European Volleyball Championship and the World League final round.

Qualification[edit]

The qualification process was a series of tournaments organised by the five FIVB confederations to decide 21 of the 24 teams which would play in the final tournament, with Italy and Bulgaria qualifying automatically as hosts and Poland also qualifying automatically as the defending champions. All remaining FIVB member associations were eligible to enter the qualifying process.

At first, 150 associations registered teams to compete in the qualification process, but 19 associations withdrew from the qualifying process after they registered and India were suspended and then expelled from taking part in the process as a punishment for internal problems in the India Volleyball Federation.[citation needed]

The five regional governing bodies were allocated the remaining 21 spots; CAVB (Africa) was granted three, AVC (Asia and Oceania) four, NORCECA (North America) five, CSV (South America) two, and CEV (Europe) seven spots.[8]

Of the 24 nations qualified to play at the 2018 World Championship, 20 countries competed at the previous tournament in 2014. Slovenia qualified for the first time. Other teams returning after absences of the last tournament(s) include: Dominican Republic, returning to the finals after their only previous appearance in 1974, Netherlands, who last competed in 2002, and Japan, who missed the 2014 edition.

Notable countries that failed to qualify include the 2014 third placed Germany, Venezuela (for the first time since 1998), South Korea and Czech Republic.

Qualified teams[edit]

Country Confederation Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances
Total First Last
 Poland CEV Defending Champions 21 September 2014 16 1949 2014
 Italy CEV Host Country 9 December 2015 16 1949 2014
 Bulgaria CEV Host Country 9 December 2015 17 1949 2014
 Serbia1 CEV CEV Second Round Pool E Winners 27 May 2017 9 1956 2014
 Netherlands CEV CEV Second Round Pool B Winners 28 May 2017 11 1949 2002
 Slovenia CEV CEV Second Round Pool C Winners 28 May 2017 0
 Finland CEV CEV Second Round Pool F Winners 28 May 2017 7 1952 2014
 Russia2 CEV CEV Second Round Pool D Winners 28 May 2017 18 1949 2014
 France CEV CEV Second Round Pool A Winners 28 May 2017 15 1949 2014
 Japan AVC AVC Final Round Pool B Winners 15 July 2017 14 1960 2010
 Australia AVC AVC Final Round Pool B Runners-up 16 July 2017 6 1982 2014
 Belgium CEV CEV Third Round Pool G Winners 23 July 2017 8 1949 2014
 Brazil CSV CSV Championship Winners 11 August 2017 16 1956 2014
 China AVC AVC Final Round Pool A Runners-up 13 August 2017 13 1956 2014
 Iran AVC AVC Final Round Pool A Winners 13 August 2017 5 1970 2014
 Argentina CSV CSV Qualifier Winners 2 September 2017 11 1960 2014
 Dominican Republic NORCECA NORCECA Championship Runners-up 30 September 2017 1 1974 1974
 United States NORCECA NORCECA Championship Winners 30 September 2017 15 1956 2014
 Canada NORCECA NORCECA Championship 3rd place 1 October 2017 10 1974 2014
 Tunisia CAVB CAVB Championship Winners 27 October 2017 9 1962 2014
 Egypt CAVB CAVB Championship Runners-up 27 October 2017 8 1974 2014
 Cameroon CAVB CAVB Championship 3rd place 29 October 2017 3 1990 2014
 Puerto Rico NORCECA NORCECA Final Four Winners 12 November 2017 4 1974 2014
 Cuba NORCECA NORCECA Final Four Runners-up 12 November 2017 14 1956 2014
Notes
1 Competed as SFR Yugoslavia from 1956 to 1990 and as Serbia and Montenegro (FR Yugoslavia) from 1994 to 2006; 3rd appearance as Serbia.
2 Competed as Soviet Union from 1949 to 1990; 7th appearance as Russia.

Format[edit]

First round

In the first round, the 24 teams will be spread across four pools of six teams playing in a round-robin system. The top four teams from each pool will advance to the second round. featuring four pools of four teams playing in four cities.

Second round

The second round will feature four pools of four teams playing once again in a round-robin system. At the end of the second round matches, the rankings of the four pools will be drawn up taking into account the points scored by each team in the first and second rounds. The four pool-winning teams of the second stage will access the third stage, together with the top two of the second ranked teams.

Third round

The six teams competing in the third round will be divided into two three-team pools by a draw. After the matches played once again in a round-robin system, the top two in each pool will qualify for the semifinals and finals.

Final round

The third round pool winners play against the runners-up in this round. The semifinals winners advance to compete for the World Championship title. The losers face each other in the third place match.

Opening[edit]

The opening matches of the 2018 FIVB World Championship, jointly hosted by Italy and Bulgaria held With the presence of the president Sergio Mattarella and Rumen Radev.[9]

Pools composition[edit]

First round[edit]

Teams were seeded in the first two positions of each pool following the Serpentine system according to their FIVB World Ranking as of 7 July 2017.[10] FIVB reserved the right to seed the hosts as heads of pools A and D regardless of the World Ranking.[11] All teams not seeded were drawn to take other available positions in the remaining lines following the World Ranking.[12] Each pool had no more than three teams from the same confederation.[13] The draw was held in Florence, Italy on 30 November 2017. Rankings as of 7 July 2017 are shown in brackets, except the hosts Italy and Bulgaria who ranked 4th and 14th respectively.

Seeded teams
Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D

 Italy (Hosts)
 Argentina (7)

 Brazil (1)
 Canada (6)

 United States (2)
 Russia (4)

 Bulgaria (Hosts)
 Poland (3)

Unseeded teams
Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

 Iran (8)
 France (9)
 Serbia (11)
 Japan (12)

 Egypt (13)
 Belgium (15)
 Cuba (16)
 Australia (16)

 Finland (18)
 China (20)
 Slovenia (23)
 Tunisia (24)

 Netherlands (25)
 Puerto Rico (29)
 Cameroon (30)
 Dominican Republic (38)

Draw
Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
 Italy  Brazil  United States  Bulgaria
 Argentina  Canada  Russia  Poland
 Japan  France  Serbia  Iran
 Belgium  Egypt  Australia  Cuba
 Slovenia  China  Tunisia  Finland
 Dominican Republic  Netherlands  Cameroon  Puerto Rico

Second round[edit]

Pool E Pool F Pool G Pool H
 Italy (Pool A 1st)  Brazil (Pool B 1st)  United States (Pool C 1st)  Poland (Pool D 1st)
 Netherlands (Pool B 2nd)  Belgium (Pool A 2nd)  Iran (Pool D 2nd)  Serbia (Pool C 2nd)
 Russia (Pool C 3rd)  Slovenia (Pool A 3rd)  Bulgaria (Pool D 3rd)  France (Pool B 3rd)
 Finland (Pool D 4th)  Australia (Pool C 4th)  Canada (Pool B 4th)  Argentina (Pool A 4th)

Third round[edit]

The third round draw was held in Turin, Italy on 24 September 2018.[14] The 1st ranked teams of Pools E and F were drawn in Pools I and Pool J consecutively and the 1st ranked teams of Pools G and H were also drawn in Pools I and J consecutively. The 1st best second team among the four pools was placed in Pool I, while the 2nd best second team among the four pools was placed in Pool J.

Pool I Pool J
 Brazil (Pool F 1st)  Italy (Pool E 1st)
 United States (Pool G 1st)  Poland (Pool H 1st)
 Russia (Best 2nd of second round)  Serbia (2nd best 2nd of second round)

Squads[edit]

Venues[edit]

If co-hosts Italy and Bulgaria qualify for the second round, they will play in Assago and Sofia respectively regardless of whether they finish first, second or third in their first round pools. The host cities will be adjusted accordingly.

Pool A (only 9 September) Pool A (excl. 9 September) Pool B Pool C
Rome, Italy Florence, Italy Ruse, Bulgaria Bari, Italy
Foro Italico Tennis Center Court Nelson Mandela Forum Arena Ruse PalaFlorio
Capacity: 11,000 Capacity: 7,500 Capacity: 5,100 Capacity: 5,080
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Pool D and H
2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship (Italy)
2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship (Bulgaria)
Varna, Bulgaria
Palace of Culture and Sports
Capacity: 6,000
Palace of Culture and Sports Varna.jpg
Pool E Pool F Pool G Third and Final round
Assago, Italy Bologna, Italy Sofia, Bulgaria Turin, Italy
Mediolanum Forum Land Rover Arena Arena Armeets Pala Alpitour
Capacity: 12,677 Capacity: 5,721 Capacity: 12,500 Capacity: 15,807
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Pool standing procedure[edit]

  1. Total number of victories (matches won, matches lost)
  2. In the event of a tie, the following first tiebreaker will apply: The teams will be ranked by the most point gained per match as follows:
    • Match won 3–0 or 3–1: 3 points for the winner, 0 points for the loser
    • Match won 3–2: 2 points for the winner, 1 point for the loser
    • Match forfeited: 3 points for the winner, 0 points (0–25, 0–25, 0–25) for the loser
  3. If teams are still tied after examining the number of victories and points gained, then the FIVB will examine the results in order to break the tie in the following order:
    • Set quotient: if two or more teams are tied on the number of points gained, they will be ranked by the quotient resulting from the division of the number of all set won by the number of all sets lost.
    • Points quotient: if the tie persists based on the set quotient, the teams will be ranked by the quotient resulting from the division of all points scored by the total of points lost during all sets.
    • If the tie persists based on the point quotient, the tie will be broken based on the team that won the match of the Round Robin Phase between the tied teams. When the tie in point quotient is between three or more teams, these teams ranked taking into consideration only the matches involving the teams in question.

First round[edit]

  • The top four teams in each pool qualified for the second round.
Qualified for the Second round

Pool A[edit]

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Italy 5 0 15 15 2 7.500 423 326 1.298
2  Belgium 3 2 10 11 8 1.375 419 394 1.063
3  Slovenia 3 2 9 12 10 1.200 479 463 1.035
4  Argentina 2 3 6 10 11 0.909 475 469 1.013
5  Japan 2 3 5 8 11 0.727 414 427 0.970
6  Dominican Republic 0 5 0 1 15 0.067 267 398 0.671
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
9 Sep 19:30 Italy  3–0  Japan 25–20 25–21 25–23     75–64 P2 Report
12 Sep 17:00 Dominican Republic  1–3  Slovenia 25–22 13–25 13–25 17–25   68–97 P2 Report
12 Sep 20:30 Belgium  3–1  Argentina 25–19 25–19 22–25 25–19   97–82 P2 Report
13 Sep 17:00 Dominican Republic  0–3  Japan 20–25 16–25 16–25     52–75 P2 Report
13 Sep 21:15 Italy  3–0  Belgium 25–20 25–17 25–16     75–53 P2 Report
14 Sep 17:00 Japan  1–3  Slovenia 20–25 25–22 20–25 13–25   78–97 P2 Report
14 Sep 20:30 Argentina  3–0  Dominican Republic 26–24 25–15 25–15     76–54 P2 Report
15 Sep 17:00 Belgium  2–3  Slovenia 25–22 25–21 19–25 23–25 13–15 105–108 P2 Report
15 Sep 21:15 Italy  3–1  Argentina 22–25 25–15 25–23 28–26   100–89 P2 Report
16 Sep 17:00 Japan  1–3  Belgium 25–14 23–25 14–25 19–25   81–89 P2 Report
16 Sep 21:15 Dominican Republic  0–3  Italy 12–25 18–25 15–25     45–75 P2 Report
17 Sep 17:00 Belgium  3–0  Dominican Republic 25–18 25–13 25–17     75–48 P2 Report
17 Sep 20:30 Argentina  3–2  Slovenia 25–18 22–25 27–29 25–17 15–13 114–102 P2 Report
18 Sep 17:00 Japan  3–2  Argentina 26–24 20–25 30–32 25–20 15–13 116–114 P2 Report
18 Sep 21:15 Italy  3–1  Slovenia 23–25 25–19 25–13 25–18   98–75 P2 Report

Pool B[edit]

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Brazil 4 1 11 13 6 2.167 439 405 1.084
2  Netherlands 4 1 11 12 8 1.500 455 420 1.083
3  France 3 2 11 13 7 1.857 456 420 1.086
4  Canada 3 2 9 11 7 1.571 426 408 1.044
5  Egypt 1 4 3 4 13 0.308 368 426 0.864
6  China 0 5 0 3 15 0.200 375 440 0.852
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
12 Sep 14:00 France  3–0  China 25–20 25–21 25–17     75–58 P2 Report
12 Sep 17:00 Netherlands  0–3  Canada 15–25 23–25 18–25     56–75 P2 Report
12 Sep 20:30 Brazil  3–0  Egypt 25–17 25–22 25–20     75–59 P2 Report
13 Sep 17:00 Egypt  0–3  Canada 25–27 28–30 19–25     72–82 P2 Report
13 Sep 20:30 Brazil  3–2  France 25–20 25–20 21–25 23–25 15–12 109–102 P2 Report
14 Sep 17:00 China  1–3  Netherlands 21–25 13–25 25–23 13–25   72–98 P2 Report
14 Sep 20:30 France  3–0  Egypt 25–22 25–23 25–16     75–61 P2 Report
15 Sep 17:00 Canada  3–1  China 25–22 25–19 21–25 25–23   96–89 P2 Report
15 Sep 20:30 Netherlands  3–1  Brazil 21–25 25–20 25–20 25–21   96–86 P2 Report
16 Sep 17:00 China  1–3  Egypt 26–28 24–26 25–17 21–25   96–96 P2 Report
16 Sep 20:30 Netherlands  3–2  France 23–25 19–25 25–21 25–23 15–13 107–107 P2 Report
17 Sep 17:00 Egypt  1–3  Netherlands 18–25 21–25 25–23 16–25   80–98 P2 Report
17 Sep 20:30 Brazil  3–1  Canada 25–22 19–25 25–23 25–18   94–88 P2 Report
18 Sep 17:00 China  0–3  Brazil 21–25 22–25 17–25     60–75 P2 Report
18 Sep 20:30 Canada  1–3  France 22–25 21–25 25–22 17–25   85–97 P2 Report

Pool C[edit]

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  United States 5 0 13 15 5 3.000 456 383 1.191
2  Serbia 4 1 12 14 7 2.000 476 430 1.107
3  Russia 3 2 10 12 6 2.000 422 366 1.153
4  Australia 2 3 7 9 11 0.818 428 442 0.968
5  Cameroon 1 4 3 4 12 0.333 334 398 0.839
6  Tunisia 0 5 0 2 15 0.133 317 414 0.766
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
12 Sep 14:00 Cameroon  3–0  Tunisia 25–20 28–26 25–21     78–67 P2 Report
12 Sep 17:00 Australia  0–3  Russia 21–25 20–25 16–25     57–75 P2 Report
12 Sep 20:30 United States  3–2  Serbia 15–25 25–14 21–25 25–20 15–10 101–94 P2 Report
13 Sep 17:00 Australia  2–3  United States 23–25 20–25 25–22 25–23 10–15 103–110 P2 Report
13 Sep 20:30 Cameroon  0–3  Serbia 28–30 16–25 17–25     61–80 P2 Report
14 Sep 17:00 Australia  3–1  Cameroon 21–25 25–17 25–22 25–20   96–84 P2 Report
14 Sep 20:30 Russia  3–0  Tunisia 25–19 25–6 25–19     75–44 P2 Report
15 Sep 17:00 Serbia  3–1  Tunisia 20–25 25–20 25–21 25–20   95–86 P2 Report
15 Sep 20:30 United States  3–1  Russia 25–23 20–25 25–23 25–20   95–91 P2 Report
16 Sep 17:00 Cameroon  0–3  United States 18–25 20–25 14–25     52–75 P2 Report
16 Sep 20:30 Serbia  3–1  Australia 25–20 21–25 25–17 25–19   96–81 P2 Report
17 Sep 17:00 Russia  3–0  Cameroon 25–16 30–28 25–15     80–59 P2 Report
17 Sep 20:30 Australia  3–1  Tunisia 16–25 25–17 25–19 25–16   91–77 P2 Report
18 Sep 17:00 United States  3–0  Tunisia 25–12 25–18 25–13     75–43 P2 Report
18 Sep 20:30 Serbia  3–2  Russia 25–21 24–26 25–17 22–25 15–12 111–101 P2 Report

Pool D[edit]

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Poland 5 0 15 15 3 5.000 445 343 1.297
2  Iran 4 1 11 12 7 1.714 437 400 1.093
3  Bulgaria 3 2 9 11 6 1.833 395 368 1.073
4  Finland 2 3 6 9 12 0.750 453 471 0.962
5  Cuba 1 4 3 6 13 0.462 392 436 0.899
6  Puerto Rico 0 5 1 3 15 0.200 331 435 0.761
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
9 Sep 20:40 Bulgaria  3–0  Finland 25–21 25–19 25–22     75–62 P2 Report
12 Sep 17:00 Iran  3–0  Puerto Rico 25–19 25–14 25–18     75–51 P2 Report
12 Sep 20:30 Cuba  1–3  Poland 18–25 19–25 25–21 14–25   76–96 P2 Report
13 Sep 17:00 Puerto Rico  0–3  Poland 14–25 12–25 15–25     41–75 P2 Report
13 Sep 20:40 Iran  3–1  Bulgaria 25–22 25–20 22–25 25–19   97–86 P2 Report
14 Sep 17:00 Finland  3–1  Cuba 25–19 25–19 20–25 25–16   95–79 P2 Report
14 Sep 20:40 Bulgaria  3–0  Puerto Rico 25–16 25–18 25–21     75–55 P2 Report
15 Sep 17:00 Cuba  1–3  Iran 25–17 18–25 22–25 19–25   84–92 P2 Report
15 Sep 20:30 Poland  3–1  Finland 25–20 26–28 25–16 25–15   101–79 P2 Report
16 Sep 17:00 Puerto Rico  2–3  Finland 19–25 23–25 29–27 25–21 10–15 106–113 P2 Report
16 Sep 20:40 Cuba  0–3  Bulgaria 22–25 16–25 18–25     56–75 P2 Report
17 Sep 17:00 Cuba  3–1  Puerto Rico 25–15 22–25 25–21 25–17   97–78 P2 Report
17 Sep 20:30 Iran  0–3  Poland 21–25 20–25 22–25     63–75 P2 Report
18 Sep 17:00 Finland  2–3  Iran 19–25 25–22 25–23 23–25 12–15 104–110 P2 Report
18 Sep 20:40 Bulgaria  1–3  Poland 14–25 25–23 22–25 23–25   84–98 P2 Report

Second round[edit]

  • The standings of the four pools were drawn up taking into account the points scored and wins by each team in the first and second round.
  • The winners in each pool and the top two of the second ranked teams qualified for the third round.
Qualified for the Third round

Pool E[edit]

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Italy 7 1 22 23 6 3.833 691 568 1.217
2  Russia 6 2 18 21 8 2.625 675 578 1.168
3  Netherlands 5 3 14 16 15 1.067 692 661 1.047
4  Finland 2 6 6 10 21 0.476 638 719 0.887
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
21 Sep 17:00 Netherlands  0–3  Russia 17–25 16–25 21–25     54–75 P2 Report
21 Sep 21:15 Italy  3–0  Finland 25–20 25–18 25–16     75–54 P2 Report
22 Sep 17:00 Netherlands  3–1  Finland 25–19 23–25 25–16 25–13   98–73 P2 Report
22 Sep 21:15 Russia  3–2  Italy 19–25 25–18 25–21 19–25 15–11 103–100 P2 Report
23 Sep 17:00 Russia  3–0  Finland 25–17 25–19 25–22     75–58 P2 Report
23 Sep 21:15 Italy  3–1  Netherlands 16–25 25–20 27–25 25–15   93–85 P2 Report

Pool F[edit]

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Brazil 7 1 19 22 8 2.750 699 618 1.131
2  Belgium 4 4 14 16 14 1.143 667 657 1.015
3  Slovenia 4 4 13 17 16 1.063 722 716 1.008
4  Australia 3 5 9 12 19 0.632 665 701 0.949
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
21 Sep 17:00 Brazil  3–0  Australia 25–21 25–22 25–15     75–58 P2 Report
21 Sep 20:30 Belgium  0–3  Slovenia 26–28 26–28 19–25     71–81 P2 Report
22 Sep 17:00 Australia  0–3  Belgium 26–28 26–28 20–25     72–81 P2 Report
22 Sep 20:30 Slovenia  0–3  Brazil 22–25 21–25 16–25     59–75 P2 Report
23 Sep 17:00 Slovenia  2–3  Australia 25–23 20–25 25–19 22–25 11–15 103–107 P2 Report
23 Sep 20:30 Belgium  2–3  Brazil 25–22 25–23 19–25 15–25 12–15 96–110 P2 Report

Pool G[edit]

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  United States 8 0 22 24 6 4.000 704 585 1.203
2  Canada 5 3 13 18 14 1.286 712 694 1.026
3  Bulgaria 4 4 13 16 12 1.333 625 617 1.013
4  Iran 4 4 12 14 16 0.875 674 664 1.015
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
21 Sep 17:00 United States  3–1  Canada 25–17 25–14 21–25 25–17   96–73 P2 Report
21 Sep 20:40 Bulgaria  3–0  Iran 25–19 28–26 26–24     79–69 P2 Report
22 Sep 17:00 Iran  2–3  Canada 20–25 25–20 15–25 25–23 12–15 97–108 P2 Report
22 Sep 20:40 Bulgaria  0–3  United States 20–25 20–25 18–25     58–75 P2 Report
23 Sep 17:00 United States  3–0  Iran 25–23 26–24 26–24     77–71 P2 Report
23 Sep 20:40 Bulgaria  2–3  Canada 19–25 14–25 25–21 25–19 10–15 93–105 P2 Report

Pool H[edit]

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Poland 6 2 19 21 9 2.333 702 593 1.184
2  Serbia 6 2 17 20 12 1.667 707 677 1.044
3  France 5 3 18 21 12 1.750 765 688 1.112
4  Argentina 3 5 8 14 19 0.737 725 751 0.965
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
21 Sep 17:00 Serbia  3–2  France 22–25 26–24 25–20 18–25 18–16 109–110 P2 Report
21 Sep 20:40 Poland  2–3  Argentina 25–16 19–25 23–25 25–23 14–16 106–105 P2 Report
22 Sep 17:00 Serbia  3–0  Argentina 25–18 25–22 25–22     75–62 P2 Report
22 Sep 20:40 Poland  1–3  France 15–25 18–25 25–23 18–25   76–98 P2 Report
23 Sep 17:00 France  3–1  Argentina 25–16 25–20 26–28 25–19   101–83 P2 Report
23 Sep 20:40 Poland  3–0  Serbia 25–17 25–16 25–14     75–47 P2 Report

Ranking of the second placed teams[edit]

  • The top two of the second ranked teams qualified for the third round.
Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Russia 6 2 18 21 8 2.625 675 578 1.168
2  Serbia 6 2 17 20 12 1.667 707 677 1.044
3  Canada 5 3 13 18 14 1.286 712 694 1.026
4  Belgium 4 4 14 16 14 1.143 667 657 1.015

Third round[edit]

Qualified for the Semifinals

Pool I[edit]

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Brazil 2 0 5 6 2 3.000 181 164 1.104
2  United States 1 1 3 3 3 1.000 132 143 0.923
3  Russia 0 2 1 2 6 0.333 175 181 0.967
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
26 Sep 17:00 Brazil  3–2  Russia 20–25 21–25 25–22 25–23 15–12 106–107 P2 Report
27 Sep 17:00 United States  3–0  Russia 25–22 25–23 25–23     75–68 P2 Report
28 Sep 17:00 Brazil  3–0  United States 25–20 25–18 25–19     75–57 P2 Report

Pool J[edit]

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Poland 1 1 4 5 3 1.667 180 171 1.053
2  Serbia 1 1 3 3 3 1.000 149 134 1.112
3  Italy 1 1 2 3 5 0.600 150 174 0.862
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
26 Sep 21:15 Italy  0–3  Serbia 15–25 20–25 18–25     53–75 P2 Report
27 Sep 20:30 Poland  3–0  Serbia 28–26 28–26 25–22     81–74 P2 Report
28 Sep 21:15 Italy  3–2  Poland 14–25 25–21 18–25 25–17 15–11 97–99 P2 Report

Final round[edit]

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
29 September
 
 
 Brazil3
 
30 September
 
 Serbia0
 
 Brazil0
 
29 September
 
 Poland3
 
 Poland3
 
 
 United States2
 
3rd place match
 
 
30 September
 
 
 Serbia1
 
 
 United States3

Semifinals[edit]

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
29 Sep 17:00 Brazil  3–0  Serbia 25–22 25–21 25–22     75–65 P2 Report
29 Sep 21:15 Poland  3–2  United States 25–22 20–25 23–25 25–20 15–11 108–103 P2 Report

3rd place match[edit]

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
30 Sep 17:00 Serbia  1–3  United States 25–23 17–25 30–32 19–25   91–105 P2 Report

Final[edit]

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
30 Sep 21:15 Brazil  0–3  Poland 26–28 20–25 23–25     69–78 P2 Report

Final standing[edit]

Awards[edit]

Statistics leaders[edit]

The statistics of each group follows the vis reports P2 and P3. The statistics include 6 volleyball skills; serve, reception, set, spike, block, and dig. The table below shows the top 5 ranked players in each skill plus top scorers at the completion of the tournament.[15] Only players whose teams advanced to the final round are taken in consideration.[citation needed]

Marketing[edit]

Sponsors[edit]

Italy

Bulgaria

Broadcasting rights[edit]

FIVB, through several companies, sold the broadcasting rights for the 2018 World Championship[16] to the following broadcasters.

Country/Region Broadcaster
 Algeria ENTV
 Argentina TV Pública
 Azerbaijan S sport
 Bahrain ASBU
 Belarus Saran Holding
 Belgium VRT
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sport Klub
 Brazil Grupo Globo
 Bulgaria BNT
 China CCTV, Tencent
 Costa Rica Sky México
 Croatia Sport Klub
 Dominica Sky México
 Dominican Republic Sky México
 Egypt Nile Sport
 Europe Eurosport
 Georgia S sport
 Germany Sky Sport
 Guatemala Sky México
 Honduras Sky México
 Hong Kong i-CABLE Sports
 Iran IRIB
 Iraq ASBU
 Israel Charlton
 Italy RAI
 Japan TBS
 Jordan S sport
 Kazakhstan Saran Holding
 South Korea SPOTV
 Kuwait Kuwait TV
 Libya Libya TV
 Macedonia Sport Klub
 Malaysia Astro
 Mexico Sky México
 Montenegro Sport Klub
 Morocco SNRT
 Netherlands Ziggo Sport
 Nicaragua Sky México
 Oman ASBU
 Panama Sky México
 Poland Polsat
 Puerto Rico WAPA-TV
 Qatar ASBU
 Russia Match TV
 Saudi Arabia Saudi TV
 Serbia Sport Klub
 Slovenia Sport Klub
 Thailand Workpoint TV
 Trinidad and Tobago Sky México
 Tunisia El Wataniya 2
 Turkey Saran Holding, S sport
 United Arab Emirates ASBU
 United States FloSports

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Italy and Bulgaria to co-host 2018 Men's World Championship". FIVB. 9 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Poland triumph over Brazil to retain world title for four more years". FIVB. 30 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Poland retake the world by storm". FIVB. 30 September 2018.
  4. ^ "USA rebound from a set down to claim world bronze over Serbia". FIVB. 30 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Bartosz Kurek named MVP to lead World Dream Team". FIVB. 30 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Russia set scoring record as World Championship pools take shape". FIVB. 16 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Countdown launched in Rome for 2018 World Championship". FIVB. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  8. ^ "World Championships qualification process to be confirmed by Confederations". FIVB. 2 February 2016.
  9. ^ Italy and Bulgaria Presidents watch on as FIVB Men’s World Championship gets underway
  10. ^ "FIVB Senior World Ranking - Men (as of 7 July 2017)". FIVB. 7 July 2017.
  11. ^ "2018 Men's World Championship Drawing of Lots PressKit" (PDF). FIVB. p. 6.
  12. ^ "FIVB – EVENT REGULATIONS – Volleyball" (PDF). FIVB. 5 May 2017. pp. 12–13. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Mondiali 2018: A Firenze il sorteggio. Italia, c'è subito Velasco" (in Italian). Volleyball.it. 27 November 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  14. ^ "3rd Round Drawing of Lots - Results". FIVB. 24 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Statistics". FIVB.org. 28 September 2018.
  16. ^ "WhereToWatch". Retrieved 10 September 2018.

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