2022 FIVB World Championship - Russia

  • WHAT!? Dear God. What the hell is wrong with FIVB!? Sorry, but that's just killing this sport. I hope the natonal federations will protest. I hope the IOC will do something... why the hell is volleyball getting so backwards lately? This is BY FAR the worst qualification system in any team sport I seen to date.


    Volleyball is more popular - and the level is better - then ever before. We had 150 National teams participating in the qualification to the 2018 World Championship. That was the 2nd most contested qualification tournament in this olympic cycle after only football. Why the hell does FIVB want to ruin this gigantic progress the sport has been making in the recent years?


    After completely destroying the World League, and implementing the awful Pay per View system for the match streams, now it's time to destroy the most important competition on the planet, I see.


    Just like they did with the WL< they're now turning the World Championship into a circus that noone will care about. Not only is the system completely unfair to teams from Asia, North America or Africa, they're taking basically any chance of qualifying for teams that aren't so high in the World Ranking and replacing a honest rivalization with a complete farce, created only to have the "proper" teams (a.k.a the ones that have money and fans) qualify.

    Yeah, sure, someone may say that " all the teams can advance in the World Ranking". The question is - how? How are the teams supposed to get more points in the ranking, when the FIVB is locking the only competition that can actually give them some points? Most countries don't care for European League or Asian Challenge Cup, and I don't think those competitions actually benefit them in world rankings. The VNL is already a joke, with most of the teams not even able to being relegated and an awful qualification system, the World Cup doesn't count, and the continental championship give like, 30 points for taking the 1st place?


    Honestly, this is just pathetic. After being taken over by Ary Graca FIVB has turned into this one big cash machine, that only cares about milking money from countries like Poland, italy or Brazil. The problem is that not only the rest of the world will no longer care about Volleyball, the potential in such countries will end too. Some people in Poland are alreadry becoming tired of how many tournaments we host lately - and we will probably host the male 2026 World Championship too.. It used to be an event, and now our federation already has problems to fill the stadiums.


    I wish Ary Graca would just retire, and take his "experts" with him.

  • Some people in Poland are alreadry becoming tired of how many tournaments we host lately - and we will probably host the male 2026 World Championship too.. It used to be an event, and now our federation already has problems to fill the stadiums.

    This is a worriesome sign for the global development of this sport. Can you elaborate on the last part — the Polish Volleyball federation already has problems to fill the stadiums? How’s the attendance of NT matches in Poland in the last two years?

  • I like this system of qualification because it will show real strength of each continent. Two guaranteed places for each federation is enough, and let the rest fight between each other. Thanks to this system of qualis WCH will be much more interesting. I never liked that NOCEA (especially in women’s tournament) has so many places while strong European teams (like Germany) has to stay at home. Now everyone needs to fight for his spot and this is fair.

  • I like the idea that only 2 spots for each continental qualification to win the tickets. I think the main purpose of this is to ensure more strong teams can participate into World Championship meanwhile to ensure equality to each continent.


    By increasing the competition level of World Championship, Volleyball can draw more audience and publicity.


    I think the big problem here is someone thinks that the InterContinental stage is assigned by world ranking which is clearly not mentioned in the news. This idea could be wrong.


    I think the teams participate InterContinental Pool needed to be assigned accordingly to the results of Continental Qualification. Ensuring the qualification into InterContinetal Stage is related to continental qualification would make sure the will of individual federations joining the continental qualification not to be reduced.


    I take AVC for example. Last continental qualification was divided into 2 groups. The best 2 of each group got the tickets to World Championship. If using the new rule, Iran and Japan still got the tickets to Italy-Bulgaria World Championship.


    23px-Flag_of_Iran.svg.png Iran (8) 23px-Flag_of_Australia_%28converted%29.svg.png Australia (13)
    23px-Flag_of_the_People%27s_Republic_of_China.svg.png China (19) 23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg.png Japan (14)
    23px-Flag_of_South_Korea.svg.png South Korea (23) 23px-Flag_of_Chinese_Taipei_for_Olympic_games.svg.png Chinese Taipei (38)
    23px-Flag_of_Qatar.svg.png Qatar (31) 23px-Flag_of_Thailand.svg.png Thailand (47)
    Central Asia Zonal Round 1st 23px-Flag_of_New_Zealand.svg.png New Zealand (59)


    And the following 3-6 countries can get a chance to participate into InterContinental Pool to win tickets to World Championship again. I think more federations will agree to it, especially it only takes 2 wins (mostly) to win the tickets. So China/Australia/Chinese Taipei/Qatar can gain another chance to win World Championship tickets. There is no one-time offer to those countries any more. You get second chance to fight your ticket.


    It's fair and better.

  • This is a worriesome sign for the global development of this sport. Can you elaborate on the last part — the Polish Volleyball federation already has problems to fill the stadiums? How’s the attendance of NT matches in Poland in the last two years?

    It shows mostly in our +Liga and internationally on the Nations League. Couple of years ago, there was a sell-out crowd at nearly every match of our national team, and now there are often free seats left even when we play against Brazil or Russia. But, even the attendance at the 2017 European Championship wasn't that good, and, on average, lower than for example the attendance for 2016 Handball Euro - and out of those two discipline only volley had the privilege of being played at the National Stadium. Volley doesn't even get the media attention it used to - POLSAT (our primary volley broadcaster) first stopped showing divisions 2 and 3 of World League, some time later they decided not to show some important matches in the main group, and this year they even withdrew from broadcasting the Champions League. They got the rights for the Serie A, but some leaks claim they are going to give it up after this season. And I remember how massive attention it gained when we were selected to host the women's 2009 Euro and men's 2014 World Championship. Every main media paid attention to it. Now, there's not nearly as much hype for this year's women's euro or the 2022 World Championship. After announcing we'll host those tournament, most newspapers either didn't react or just wrote a brief note on that matter, that basically summed up to "We'll host another volleyball tournament."

  • Actually tickets in Poland are very expensive for men’s NT and I’m not surprised that halls were not full.

    Well, the cheapest tickets to watch the games of eurovolley 2017 costed about 7 Euro, and teh cheapest ticket for the final game was about 15 Euro, so I wouldn't say they were that expensive. The only time I remember when PZPS went crazy was the World League 2016 finals.

  • Well, the cheapest tickets to watch the games of eurovolley 2017 costed about 7 Euro, and teh cheapest ticket for the final game was about 15 Euro, so I wouldn't say they were that expensive. The only time I remember when PZPS went crazy was the World League 2016 finals.

    Are these prices for Polish NT? Because I meant that.