LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 31, 2023.- The drawing for the FIVB World Championships men’s U21 and U19 age categories, as well as that for the U19 women’s competition were conducted in Lausanne on Friday and were streamed live on the **Volleyball World YouTube channel**.
As for the draw for the U21 women’s tournament will take place in Mexico City on May 12.
U21 Men’s World Championship
The two finalists of the U19 Men’s World Championship two years ago, winners Poland and silver medalists Bulgaria, will clash with each other in a Pool C encounter that is likely to be the most anticipated match in the first phase of this year’s U21 competition in Bahrain.
The 16 teams to compete in the capital Manama from July 7 through 16 were drawn into four round-robin pools of four. All pool winners and pool runners-up will continue the race for the medals in another two pools of four for the second phase of the tournament. The top two teams from those pools will qualify for the semifinals. All teams will continue playing in the competition to determine the final standings in the places from 1st to 16th.
Pool A: Bahrain, Iran, Thailand, Tunisia
Pool B: Italy, Brazil, Egypt, Mexico
Pool C: Poland, Bulgaria, Canada, India
Pool D: Argentina, Belgium, Czechia, United States
U19 Men’s World Championship
The U19 Men’s World Championship will unfold from August 2 through 11 in San Juan, Argentina. 20 teams from all five continents will battle it out to take over the throne from Poland. The representatives of 2021 silver medalists Bulgaria and bronze medalists Iran lead Pools B and C, respectively. Hosts Argentina, who are also reigning South American youth champions from 2022, headline Pool A, while continental runners-up Brazil and incumbent European youth champions Italy will go head to head in Pool D.
The first four teams in the final standings of each pool will move on to the eighth finals to start the direct elimination phase. The remaining four teams, as well as all knockout round losers will keep playing to fix the final standings in all classification positions.
Pool A: Argentina, Egypt, United States, Serbia, Costa Rica
Pool B: Bulgaria, India, Japan, France, Slovenia
Pool C: Iran, Nigeria, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Korea
Pool D: Italy, Brazil, Belgium, Mexico, Chile
U19 Women’s World Championship
Pool D can reasonably be dubbed “the group of death” as representatives of many powerful volleyball nations will take on each other as they try to make it among the top four of the pool and advance to the eighth finals. The pool includes the United States and Serbia, who met in the bronze medal match of the U18 Girls’ World Championship two years ago, but also a few other strong teams that will make the outcome completely unpredictable. The other three pools are also quite impressive, especially Pool C, where 2021 U18 silver medalists Italy will take on mighty Brazil.
The U19 Women’s World Championship will be held in Osijek, Croatia and Szeged, Hungary from August 1 through 11. While the top four teams from each of the four pools will progress to the eighth finals and then hope to keep winning on the way to the final, all 24 participants will continue competing to determine the final standings in the places from 1st to 24th.
Pool A: Hungary, Argentina, Egypt, Cameroon, China, Chile
Pool B: Croatia, Türkiye, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Nigeria, Germany
Pool C: Italy, Brazil, Thailand, Peru, Canada, Bulgaria
Pool D: United States, Serbia, Poland, Mexico, Japan, Korea
United States Bronze Medal 2021 U18 World Championship