FIVB World Championship matches to follow today

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The second round is underway and three matches will determine if the United States can remain in contention for its first FIVB World Championship title in more than 30 years.

The United States will play its NORCECA rival Canada in its second-round opener. Check out all the FIVB World Championship pool-play matches to follow today and how to follow them live.

Pool G matches

United States (5-0, 0-0 Pool G) vs. Canada (3-2, 0-0 Pool G)
Match vitals:
5 p.m. (9 a.m. CDT) in Sofia, Bulgaria
Follow live: Live stats, Pay-per-view online video, In-match tweets
FIVB World Championship titles: United States (1986); Canada (none)
Last time qualified for FIVB World Championship third round: United States (2010); Canada (2006)
NCAA players on U.S. roster: Matt Anderson (Penn State 2006-08); Taylor Averill (Hawai’i 2012-15); Micah Christenson (USC 2012-15); Max Holt (Penn State 2006-09); Jeff Jendryk (Loyola 2015-18); Jake Langlois (BYU 2014-17); Dan McDonnell (UC Irvine 2011-12); Ben Patch (BYU 2013, 2016-17); Aaron Russell (Penn State 2012-15); Taylor Sander (BYU 2011-14); Kawika Shoji (Stanford 2007-10); Erik Shoji (Stanford 2009-12); David Smith (UC Irvine 2004-07); Dustin Watten (Long Beach State 2005-09)
NCAA players on Canada roster: None

Bulgaria (3-2, 0-0 Pool G) vs. Iran (4-1, 0-0 Pool G)
Match vitals:
8:40 p.m. (12:40 p.m. CDT) in Sofia, Bulgaria
Follow live: Live stats, In-match tweets
FIVB World Championship titles: Bulgaria (none); Iran (none)
Last time qualified for FIVB World Championship third round: Bulgaria (2010); Iran (2014)
NCAA players on Bulgaria roster: None
NCAA players on Iran roster: None

Pool E matches

Netherlands (4-1, 0-0 Pool E) vs. Russia (3-2, 0-0 Pool E)
Match vitals:
5 p.m. (10 a.m. CDT) in Milan, Italy
Follow live: Live stats, In-match tweets
FIVB World Championship titles: Netherlands (none); Russia (1982, 1978, 1962, 1960, 1952, 1949)
Last time qualified for FIVB World Championship third round: Netherlands (1994); Russia (2014)
NCAA players on Netherlands roster: None
NCAA players on Russia roster: None

Italy (5-0, 0-0 Pool E) vs. Finland (2-3, 0-0 Pool E)
Match vitals:
9:15 p.m. (2:15 p.m. CDT) in Milan, Italy
Follow live: Live stats, In-match tweets
FIVB World Championship titles: Italy (1998, 1994, 1990); Finland (none)
Last time qualified for FIVB World Championship third round: Italy (2010); Finland (never)
NCAA players on Italy roster: None
NCAA players on Finland roster: None

Pool F matches

Brazil (4-1, 0-0 Pool F) vs. Australia (2-3, 0-0 Pool F)
Match vitals:
5 p.m. (10 a.m. CDT) in Bologna, Italy
Follow live: Live stats, In-match tweets
FIVB World Championship titles: Brazil (2010, 2006, 2002); Australia (none)
Last time qualified for FIVB World Championship third round: Brazil (2014); Australia (never)
NCAA players on Brazil roster: None
NCAA players on Australia roster: Paul Carroll (Pepperdine 2006-09); Thomas Hodges (Pacific 2014; UC Irvine 2015-17)

Belgium (3-2, 0-0 Pool F) vs. Slovenia (3-2, 0-0 Pool F)
Match vitals:
8:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. CDT) in Bologna, Italy
Follow live: Live stats, In-match tweets
FIVB World Championship titles: Belgium (none); Slovenia (none)
Last time qualified for FIVB World Championship third round: Belgium (never); Slovenia (never)
NCAA players on Belgium roster: None
NCAA players on Slovenia roster: None

Pool H matches

Serbia (4-1, 0-0 Pool H) vs. France (3-2, 0-0 Pool H)
Match vitals:
5 p.m. (9 a.m. CDT) in Varna, Bulgaria
Follow live: Live stats, In-match tweets
FIVB World Championship titles: Serbia (none); France (none)
Last time qualified for FIVB World Championship third round: Serbia (2010); France (2014)
NCAA players on Serbia roster: None
NCAA players on France roster: Kevin Tillie (UC Irvine 2012-13)

Poland (5-0, 0-0 Pool H) vs. Argentina (2-3, 0-0 Pool H)
Match vitals:
8:40 p.m. (12:40 p.m. CDT) in Varna, Bulgaria
Follow live: Live stats, In-match tweets
FIVB World Championship titles: Poland (2014, 1974); Argentina (none)
Last time qualified for FIVB World Championship third round: Poland (2014); Argentina (2002)
NCAA players on Poland roster: None
NCAA players on Argentina roster: None