Pool Play? Meh... is it 12 matches against the same 8 teams? That would be boring. Or am I reading it wrong.
Yeah.. I don't fully understand the new formula. Teams will be split into 2 group of 8 teams and every team will play 12 games. 12 not 14? That's weird.
It wasn't quite clear how the pools are arranged. I do have some thoughts on the arrangement to fit into the number of games that mentioned in the announcement.
No. 1: The 16 teams are divided into 4 groups (let's say ABCD). Each pool consists of two groups. The teams only play against the teams in the other group, not in their group. Then every week each team will play 4 games. Each pool play 16 games. All together there are 96 games for the preliminary round. Every week pool 1 and 2 swipe one group. Then each team will play against the 12 teams in other groups.
Week 1: Pool 1-AB, Pool 2-CD
Week 2: Pool 1-AC, Pool 2-BD
Week 3: Pool 1-AD, Pool 2-BC
However, how to distribute these groups is a problem, since there will be six hosts.
No. 2: The pools are decided first, then each pool will be separated into two groups randomly (maybe by drawing of lots). Each team will play against the 4 teams in the other group. In this way, the team may play against another team for more than once.
It's just my guess. So the exact format need to be clarified by FIVB.