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)
Men's:  Serbia (10th title)
Women's:  United States (10th title)
Most titles Men's:  Serbia (10th)
Women's:  United States (10th)

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
2015 Bergamo, Italy
Serbia

Croatia

Brazil
2016 Huizhou, China
Serbia

United States

Greece

Men's medal standings

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Serbia* 10 1 1 12
2  Hungary 2 4 1 7
3  Croatia 1 2 2 5
3  Montenegro 1 1 2 4
5  Russia 1 - - 1
6  Spain - 3 - 3
7  Italy - 2 1 3
 United States - 2 1 3
9  Greece - - 3 3
10  Australia - - 2 2
11  Brazil - - 1 1
 Germany - - 1 1

* includes matches played as Serbia and Montenegro.

Statistic[edit]

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
(8)
2016
China
(8)
YQ / YP
 Algeria × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/3
 Argentina × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
 Australia × 4th 3rd 3rd 6th 4th 6th 7th × 4th 5th 5th 10/13
 Brazil × × × × 8th 8th 7th 3rd 7th 5/11
 Canada × × × 7th 6th × × 7th 6th × 4/9
 China × × × 8th 9th × 7th 8th 6th 6th 8th 8th 8th 9/11
 Croatia × × 4th 2nd 3rd 3rd 1st 2nd 6/13
 Egypt × × × × × × 10th × × × × × × × × 1/1
 France × × × × 6th × × × × × × 1/5
 Georgia × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
 Germany × × × 3rd 4th × × 2/10
 Great Britain × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
 Greece 4th 5th 3rd 5th 3rd 8th 3rd 7/15
 Hungary 3rd 1st 1st 2nd × 2nd × × × × × 2nd 2nd 6th 8/9
 Iran × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/3
 Italy 2nd 4th 7th 5th 2nd 3rd 7th 4th 8/15
 Japan × × × × 7th 7th 6th 3/11
 Kazakhstan × × × × × × × × 5th × 1/5
 Libya × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
 Macedonia × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/3
 Mexico × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
 Montenegro Part of  Serbia and Montenegro 4th 1st 2nd 5th × 3rd 3rd 6/8
 Morocco × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/3
 Netherlands × 6th × × × × × × × × × × × × 1/2
 New Zealand × × × × × × × × × × 0/5
 Puerto Rico × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
 Romania × × × 6th 1/12
 Russia 1st × × 6th 5th 3/13
 Serbia Part of  Serbia and Montenegro 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st × 1st 1st 1st 1st 9/9
 Serbia and Montenegro × 4th 2nd 1st 1st official successor is  Serbia 4/4
 Slovakia × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/2
 South Africa × × × × × × × 8th 8th × × × × × × 2/2
 Spain 2nd × 5th 2nd 5th 6th 2nd × 6/12
 Tunisia × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/2
 Turkey × × × × × × × × × 0/6
 United States 3rd 6th 5th 5th 2nd 4th 5th 4th 4th 4th 5th 4th 2nd 13/15
 Venezuela × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1

After 2015 World League

National team Total* X Super Final
App W% Pld W** L** A% App F4 W% Pld W** L**
 Algeria 3 0.533 15 8 7 X 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Argentina 1 0.000 6 0 6 X 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Australia 12 0.645 141 91 50 X 0.750 9 5 0.418 55 23 32
 Brazil 10 0.230 87 20 67 X 0.400 4 1 0.250 24 6 18
 Canada 9 0.288 66 19 47 X 0.444 4 0 0.292 24 7 17
 China 10 0.368 114 42 72 X 0.800 8 0 0.130 46 6 40
 Croatia 12 0.645 121 78 43 X 0.500 6 6 0.706 34 24 10
 Egypt 1 0.429 7 3 4 X 1.000 1 0 0.000 4 0 4
 France 4 0.222 36 8 28 X 0.250 1 0 0.000 7 0 7
 Germany 10 0.333 75 25 50 X 0.200 2 2 0.625 8 5 3
 Great Britain 1 0.000 4 0 4 X 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Greece 14 0.460 126 58 68 X 0.429 6 3 0.346 26 9 17
 Hungary 8 0.825 97 80 17 X 1.000 8 7 0.694 36 25 11
 Iran 3 0.083 24 2 22 X 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Italy 14 0.598 132 79 53 X 0.500 7 4 0.559 34 19 15
 Japan 10 0.387 75 29 46 X 0.200 2 0 0.250 12 3 9
 Kazakhstan 5 0.293 41 12 29 X 0.200 1 0 0.333 6 2 4
 Libya 1 0.000 6 0 6 X 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Macedonia 3 0.188 16 3 13 X 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Mexico 1 0.333 3 1 2 X 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Montenegro 8 0.767 86 66 20 X 0.750 6 5 0.694 36 25 11
 Morocco 3 0.200 15 3 12 X 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Netherlands 2 0.091 11 1 10 X 0.500 1 0 0.000 2 0 2
 New Zealand 5 0.111 36 4 32 X 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Puerto Rico 1 0.000 3 0 3 X 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Romania 11 0.413 75 31 44 X 0.091 1 0 0.500 6 3 3
 Russia 12 0.421 95 40 55 X 0.250 3 1 0.500 14 7 7
 Serbia*** 12 0.895 143 128 15 X 1.000 12 12 0.937 63 59 4
 Slovakia 2 0.083 12 1 11 X 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 South Africa 2 0.500 24 12 12 X 1.000 2 0 0.000 12 0 12
 Spain 12 0.581 124 72 52 X 0.500 6 3 0.567 30 17 13
 Tunisia 2 0.444 9 4 5 X 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Turkey 5 0.031 32 1 31 X 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 United States 14 0.572 138 79 59 X 0.857 12 7 0.485 66 32 34
 Venezuela 1 0.000 4 0 4 X 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
  • *Since 2007 Preliminary Round is played among teams from the same regions (Asia/Oceania, Americas or Asia/Oceania/Americas, Africa and Europe) so for statistic to be effective consider Europe independently.
  • **Wins/Defeats after penalty shootout counted as wins/defeats.
  • ***Serbia's total includes appearances as  Serbia and Montenegro.

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
2015 Shanghai, China
United States

Australia

Netherlands
2016 Shanghai, China
United States

Spain

Australia

Women's medal standings

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 10 1 1 12
2  Russia 1 2 1 4
3  Greece 1 - 3 4
4  China 1 - - 1
5  Australia - 4 6 10
6  Italy - 3 1 4
7  Canada - 1 - 1
 Hungary - 1 - 1
 Spain - 1 - 1
10  Netherlands - - 1 1

Statistic[edit]

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 2004
United States
(8)
2005
Russia
(8)
2006
Italy
(6)
2007
Canada
(6)
2008
Spain
(6)
2009
Russia
(8)
2010
United States
(8)
2011
China
(8)
2012
China
(8)
2013
China
(8)
2014
China
(8)
2015
China
(8)
2016
China
(8)
Years
 Australia 7th 3rd 4th 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 7th 3rd 2nd 3rd 13
 Brazil × × × × × × 8th 8th 8th 3
 Canada 5th 6th 6th 4th 4th 2nd 8th 6th 7th 8th 6th 6th 7th 13
 China × × 6th 5th 5th 5th 4th 4th 1st 4th 4th 4th 10
 France × × × × × × × 0
 Germany × × 6th × × 1
 Great Britain × × × × × × × × 0
 Greece 6th 1st 3rd 7th 3rd 7th 3rd 7
 Hungary 2nd 4th × × × 6th 4th 4
 Italy 3rd 8th 2nd × 8th 2nd 8th 6th 2nd 7th 5th 10
 Japan × × × 0
 Kazakhstan 8th × × × × × × × × × 1
 Netherlands × 7th 5th × × 7th × × 3rd 4
 New Zealand × × × × × × × × 0
 Puerto Rico × × × × × × × × × × × 0
 Russia 4th 2nd 3rd 1st 6th 4th 5th 5th 2nd 7th 5th 6th 12
 Spain × 5th 6th 4th 8th 5th 5th 2nd 7
 South Africa × × × × × × × × × × × 0
 United States 1st 5th 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 13

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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