Tournament field gets set for 2017 FIVB U21 World Championship

The United States now knows the teams it could have to play as it attempts to win the FIVB U21 World Championship for the first time in the nation nation’s history.

With the conclusion of qualification tournaments during the weekend, the remain spots in the bi-annual international tournament field were all but finalized.

The 16-team tournament is comprised of the host nation and nine teams that qualify through continental tournaments, such as the United States earning a berth for winning the 2016 NORCECA Championships. The remaining six bids to the international event are awarded to the remaining teams with the highest FIVB U1 Men’s World Ranking.

Check out the chart below breaking down all the teams in the tournament field and how they qualified for the World Championship.

[Editor’s note: This list does take into account any nations that earned a berth to the event but opted to withdrawal. The FIVB will officially unveil the 16-team field later this summer.]

U21 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT FIELD

Team How it qualified World Ranking
Argentina CSV (South American) champion 2
Brazil Top South American finish at Pan Am Cup 4
Canada At-large bid because of World Ranking 8
China AVC (Asian) champion 3
Cuba Top North American finish at Pan Am Cup 13
Czech Republic Host nation 35
Egypt CAVB (African) champion 11
Iran AVC (Asian) runner-up 11
Italy At-large bid because of World Ranking 5
Japan At-large bid because of World Ranking 14
Poland CEV (European) Pool F champion 7
Russia At-large bid because of World Ranking 1
Slovenia At-large bid because of World Ranking 10
Turkey At-large bid because of World Ranking 6
Ukraine CEV (European) Pool E champion 15
United States NORCECA (North American) champion 9

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