Something has changed or is changing with regards to U-tournaments. Rather than research the rest of the world I want to just ask you folks to tell me if it's the same as it appears to be in Asia.
Here's what's happened/happening in Japan/Asia. (Everything is linked to its source in the table below. "Details" is the Wikipedia page; "Asian" is to AVC.net; the rest go to JVA site squads and overview).
You can see that "Youth" and "Junior" have given way to age specifics and U23 has been created. Except for the Asian U18 tournament in 2017 it appears that Japan have adapted their schedule to compete in alternating years with FIVB. A U17 squad will compete to qualify for the next year's FIVB U18.
So Japan now has: U17-U18-U19-U20 and U23 squads.
Here's what the Google showed me about Europe:
- 2018 CEV U17 Volleyball European Championship - Women
- 2017 CEV U18 Volleyball European Championship - Women
- 2015 CEV U18 Volleyball European Championship - Women
- 2013 CEV Youth Volleyball European Championship - Women
- 2011 CEV Youth Volleyball European Championship - Women
- GIRLS - Youth European Championships 2009
Something is going on and I want to get to the bottom of it. Does your country have FIVE specific aged squads now? Or still just U18 and U20 that might compete continentally to qualify for the FIVB U18 with players who become too old to play the FIVB tournament. Or what?
|2011||2011 FIVB Youth World Championship (U18) Details
2011 FIVB Junior World Championship (U20) Details
|2012||2012 Asian Youth Championship (9th) Details
2012 Asian Junior Championship (16th) Details
|2013||2013 FIVB U18 World Championship (13th) Details
2013 FIVB U20 World Championship (17th) Details
2013 FIVB U23 World Championship (1st) Details
|2014||2014 Asian U17 Championship (10th) Details
2014 Asian U19 Championship (17th) Details
|2015||2015 Asian U23 Championship (1st) Details||2015 FIVB U18 World Championship (14th) Details
2015 FIVB U20 World Championship (18th) Details
2015 FIVB U23 World Championship (2nd) Details
|2016||2016 Asian U19 Championship (18th) Details|
|2017||2017 Asian U18 Championship (11th) Details (U17)
2017 Asian U23 Championship (2nd) Details
|2017 FIVB U18 World Championship (15th) Details
2017 FIVB U20 World Championship (19th) Details
2017 FIVB U23 World Championship (3rd) Details
|2018||2018 Asian U17 Championship (12th) Details
2018 Asian U19 Championship (19th) Details
|2019||2019 FIVB U18 World Championship (16th) Details
2019 FIVB U20 World Championship (20th)