2015 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup

The 2015 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup was held in Japan from 8 to 23 September 2015 in. The tournament served as a qualification process for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The top two teams, USA and Italy, qualified for the Olympics,[1][2] and joined Brazil as they had already secured a berth as the host country.

2015 Men's World Cup
Tournament details
Host nation Japan
Dates8–23 September
Teams12 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)6 (in 5 host cities)
Champions United States (2nd title)
Runners-up Italy
Third place Poland
Fourth place Russia
Tournament awards
MVPUnited States Matt Anderson
Best SetterUnited States Micah Christenson
Best OHItaly Osmany Juantorena
Japan Yūki Ishikawa
Best MBArgentina Sebastián Sole
Iran Mohammad Mousavi
Best OPPItaly Ivan Zaytsev
Best LiberoUnited States Erik Shoji
Official website

United States secured the country's second title with 10 victories and only 1 loss. Matt Anderson was elected the Most Valuable Player.[3] Moreover, there were 3 record breakings. Firstly, Thomas Edgar broke the highest score points in a single match record in Australia's win over Egypt with 50 points.[4] Secondly, in Canada's win over Australia in five sets (32-34, 25-14, 25-21, 27-29, 20-18), two tournament records were broken: the longest match (2 hours and 49 minutes) and the highest scoring game (245 points).[5]

InformationEdit

The FIVB Volleyball World Cup began with signing a contract between Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) and Japan Volleyball Association (JVA) for hosting the tournament on 31 January 2013. In this event, Fuji TV had the right to broadcast the tournament. Moreover, the FIVB released the qualification process of the tournament:[1]

  1. Host country
  2. 2014 World champions
  3. 2 teams per continental confederation considered by World ranking, continental ranking, or continental championship

But, on 10 March 2015, the FIVB announced a change of the continental events following each continental confederation's agreement.[6]

  1. AVC used the World ranking as of 1 January 2015.
  2. CAVB used the African Championship.
  3. CEV used the European ranking as of 1 January 2015.
  4. CSV held a qualification tournament.
  5. NORCECA used the 2015 NORCECA Champions Cup.

ChangesEdit

 
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  1. Olympics places
    Only the winners and runners-up of the competition could secure the berths in the 2016 Summer Olympics. It was different from last edition which three medalists teams joined the Olympics.
  2. Qualification format
    The 2015 World Cup changed the format of the competition following the information above. There were not 2 wild card teams like 2011 edition. One of these spots belonged to the World champions, the other one belonged to the 2nd place of a continental event (2011 edition gave tickets to 4 of 5 continents, but 2015 edition gave tickets to all 5 continents).
  3. Competition format
    Competition rounds decreased from 4 in 2011 to 3. Combining rounds 1 (3 days) and 2 (2 days) in 2011 to 1 round of 5 days. The hosts also reduced the venues from 8 to 6.
  4. Pool standing procedure
    In 2011 edition, match points was the first criterion, but 2015 changed it to number of matches won. All criteria are shown in section Pool standing procedure.[7]
  5. Net touch
    In this edition, players can not touch the whole net and antennas, not just the white band like in 2011 edition.[8]
  6. Roster
    All 14 players (maximum 12 regular players and maximum 2 liberos) can play in every match and be named in score sheets.
  7. Individual awards
    Individual awards were given to players by positions, unlike previous editions when awards were given to players by volleyball skills.
  8. Attribution of points
    FIVB approved the proposal that in case the team hosting the Summer Olympics participated in a previous World Cup then they would keep the World Ranking points gained at the previous World Cup.[7]
  9. Referee
    It was the first time in the competition when there was a challenge referee. In each match, there was a referee who controlled the challenge system.

QualificationEdit

12 teams participated in the World Cup.[6] Only teams who had not yet qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics could compete in the tournament.

Means of qualification Date Venue Vacancies Qualified
Host Country 31 January 2013   Lausanne 1   Japan
2014 World Championship 30 Aug – 21 Sep 2014   Poland 1   Poland
World Ranking for Asian Team 22 September 2014   Bangkok 2   Iran
  Australia
European Ranking[9] 15 October 2014   Luxembourg 2   Russia
  Italy
South American Qualifier 19–23 May 2015   Cali 2   Argentina
  Venezuela
2015 NORCECA Champions Cup 21–23 May 2015   Detroit 2   Canada
  United States
2015 African Championship 22–30 July 2015   Cairo 2   Egypt
  Tunisia
Total 12

SquadsEdit

Maximum of 12 regular players and maximum of 2 liberos can be selected to play in the tournament. The rosters of 14 players of each team can be seen in the article below.

VenuesEdit

Site First round Second round Third round
A Hiroshima Osaka Tokyo
Hiroshima Prefectural Sports Center Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium Yoyogi National Gymnasium
Capacity: 4,750 Capacity: 7,000 Capacity: 13,291
     
B Hamamatsu Toyama Tokyo
Hamamatsu Arena Toyama City Gymnasium Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Capacity: 8,000 Capacity: 5,000 Capacity: 10,000
     

FormatEdit

Pool standing procedureEdit

  1. Number of matches won
  2. Match points
  3. Sets ratio
  4. Points ratio
  5. Result of the last match between the tied teams

Match won 3–0 or 3–1: 3 match points for the winner, 0 match points for the loser
Match won 3–2: 2 match points for the winner, 1 match point for the loser

ResultsEdit

Rank Team Matches Pts Sets Points
W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1   United States 10 1 30 31 6 5.167 899 746 1.205
2   Italy 10 1 29 30 8 3.750 918 780 1.177
3   Poland 10 1 29 31 11 2.818 1011 884 1.144
4   Russia 8 3 23 25 12 2.083 885 794 1.115
5   Argentina 7 4 21 26 16 1.625 985 922 1.068
6   Japan 5 6 16 21 21 1.000 928 934 0.994
7   Canada 5 6 13 18 22 0.818 886 940 0.943
8   Iran 4 7 12 16 24 0.667 905 893 1.013
9   Australia 4 7 12 15 24 0.625 831 925 0.898
10   Egypt 2 9 8 13 30 0.433 889 976 0.911
11   Venezuela 1 10 3 8 32 0.250 815 981 0.831
12   Tunisia 0 11 2 5 33 0.152 747 924 0.808

First roundEdit

Site AEdit

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
8 Sep 12:10 Canada   1–3   Italy 19–25 20–25 25–22 13–25   77–97 P2 P3
8 Sep 15:10 United States   3–0   Australia 25–23 25–12 25–15     75–50 P2 P3
8 Sep 19:20 Japan   3–2   Egypt 25–19 23–25 25–18 17–25 15–7 105–94 P2 P3
9 Sep 12:10 Australia   0–3   Italy 17–25 18–25 15–25     50–75 P2 P3
9 Sep 15:10 Egypt   2–3   Canada 22–25 23–25 25–21 26–24 12–15 108–110 P2 P3
9 Sep 19:20 United States   3–1   Japan 25–23 21–25 25–11 25–14   96–73 P2 P3
10 Sep 12:10 Italy   3–1   Egypt 20–25 26–24 25–22 25–13   96–84 P2 P3
10 Sep 15:10 Canada   0–3   United States 21–25 20–25 17–25     58–75 P2 P3
10 Sep 19:20 Japan   3–1   Australia 25–17 25–21 25–27 25–18   100–83 P2 P3
12 Sep 12:10 United States   3–0   Italy 25–18 25–23 29–27     79–68 P2 P3
12 Sep 15:10 Australia   3–2   Egypt 23–25 26–24 25–23 20–25 15–13 109–110 P2 P3
12 Sep 19:20 Japan   3–0   Canada 25–17 25–15 25–21     75–53 P2 P3
13 Sep 12:10 Egypt   0–3   United States 20–25 13–25 21–25     54–75 P2 P3
13 Sep 15:10 Canada   3–2   Australia 32–34 25–14 25–21 27–29 20–18 129–116 P2 P3
13 Sep 19:20 Italy   3–0   Japan 25–21 25–20 25–15     75–56 P2 P3

Site BEdit

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
8 Sep 12:10 Argentina   3–1   Iran 25–27 25–22 25–22 26–24   101–95 P2 P3
8 Sep 15:10 Russia   3–0   Venezuela 29–27 25–16 25–15     79–58 P2 P3
8 Sep 18:40 Poland   3–0   Tunisia 25–17 25–15 25–20     75–52 P2 P3
9 Sep 12:10 Venezuela   2–3   Argentina 32–30 15–25 26–24 13–25 10–15 96–119 P2 P3
9 Sep 15:20 Tunisia   1–3   Iran 17–25 25–21 14–25 20–25   76–96 P2 P3
9 Sep 18:40 Poland   3–1   Russia 26–28 27–25 25–19 25–22   103–94 P2 P3
10 Sep 12:10 Iran   3–0   Venezuela 25–20 25–17 25–15     75–52 P2 P3
10 Sep 15:10 Argentina   1–3   Poland 18–25 25–19 21–25 25–27   89–96 P2 P3
10 Sep 18:40 Russia   3–0   Tunisia 25–17 25–16 29–27     79–60 P2 P3
12 Sep 12:10 Poland   3–2   Iran 18–25 23–25 25–15 25–20 15–11 106–96 P2 P3
12 Sep 15:10 Tunisia   2–3   Venezuela 25–19 18–25 25–22 26–28 13–15 107–109 P2 P3
12 Sep 18:40 Russia   3–1   Argentina 25–19 21–25 25–18 25–20   96–82 P2 P3
13 Sep 12:10 Venezuela   1–3   Poland 27–25 23–25 16–25 23–25   89–100 P2 P3
13 Sep 15:10 Argentina   3–0   Tunisia 25–20 25–19 25–20     75–59 P2 P3
13 Sep 18:40 Iran   0–3   Russia 24–26 18–25 20–25     62–76 P2 P3

Second roundEdit

Site AEdit

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
16 Sep 12:10 United States   3–0   Venezuela 25–18 25–16 25–20     75–54 P2 P3
16 Sep 15:10 Italy   3–0   Iran 25–19 25–23 25–21     75–63 P2 P3
16 Sep 19:20 Japan   3–0   Tunisia 25–21 25–19 25–19     75–59 P2 P3
17 Sep 12:10 United States   3–1   Iran 20–25 25–19 25–22 25–21   95–87 P2 P3
17 Sep 15:10 Italy   3–0   Tunisia 25–18 25–23 25–22     75–63 P2 P3
17 Sep 19:20 Japan   3–0   Venezuela 33–31 26–24 25–19     84–74 P2 P3
18 Sep 12:10 United States   3–0   Tunisia 25–14 25–19 29–27     79–60 P2 P3
18 Sep 15:10 Italy   3–0   Venezuela 25–16 25–22 25–18     75–56 P2 P3
18 Sep 19:20 Japan   2–3   Iran 25–22 25–23 18–25 21–25 12–15 101–110 P2 P3

Site BEdit

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
16 Sep 12:10 Egypt   0–3   Argentina 18–25 19–25 21–25     58–75 P2 P3
16 Sep 15:10 Canada   1–3   Poland 25–23 15–25 19–25 19–25   78–98 P2 P3
16 Sep 19:10 Australia   0–3   Russia 24–26 16–25 18–25     58–76 P2 P3
17 Sep 12:10 Egypt   0–3   Poland 20–25 23–25 18–25     61–75 P2 P3
17 Sep 15:10 Canada   0–3   Russia 21–25 16–25 19–25     56–75 P2 P3
17 Sep 19:10 Australia   0–3   Argentina 21–25 23–25 16–25     60–75 P2 P3
18 Sep 12:10 Egypt   0–3   Russia 20–25 24–26 18–25     62–76 P2 P3
18 Sep 15:10 Argentina   3-1   Canada 25–21 23–25 29–27 25–22   102–95 P2 P3
18 Sep 19:10 Australia   0–3   Poland 15–25 22–25 17–25     54–75 P2 P3

Third roundEdit

Site AEdit

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
21 Sep 10:30 Italy   3–0   Russia 25–15 26–24 25–18     76–57 P2 P3
21 Sep 14:15 Japan   0–3   Argentina 24–26 22–25 21–25     67–76 P2 P3
21 Sep 17:10 United States   1–3   Poland 25–17 19–25 23–25 15–25   82–92 P2 P3
22 Sep 10:30 Italy   3–2   Argentina 22–25 25–20 25–21 20–25 16–14 108–105 P2 P3
22 Sep 14:15 Japan   1–3   Poland 26–24 25–27 21–25 19–25   91–101 P2 P3
22 Sep 17:10 United States   3–0   Russia 25–23 26–24 25–17     76–64 P2 P3
23 Sep 10:30 Italy   3–1   Poland 26–24 22–25 25–22 25–19   98–90 P2 P3
23 Sep 14:15 Japan   2–3   Russia 29–27 17–25 25–21 17–25 13–15 101–113 P2 P3
23 Sep 18:40 United States   3–1   Argentina 25–20 25–21 17–25 25–20   92–86 P2 P3

Site BEdit

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
21 Sep 11:10 Egypt   3–2   Tunisia 23–25 25–21 23–25 25–17 15–11 111–99 P2 P3
21 Sep 14:10 Canada   3–0   Venezuela 25–18 25–22 25–23     75–63 P2 P3
21 Sep 17:10 Australia   3–0   Iran 27–25 27–25 25–22     79–72 P2 P3
22 Sep 11:10 Egypt   3–1   Venezuela 25–18 20–25 25–18 25–20   95–81 P2 P3
22 Sep 14:10 Canada   3–0   Iran 25–23 29–27 26–24     80–74 P2 P3
22 Sep 17:10 Australia   3–0   Tunisia 25–19 25–17 25–19     75–55 P2 P3
23 Sep 11:10 Egypt   0–3   Iran 18–25 11–25 23–25     52–75 P2 P3
23 Sep 14:10 Canada   3–0   Tunisia 25–19 25–21 25–17     75–57 P2 P3
23 Sep 17:10 Australia   3–1   Venezuela 25–16 25–21 22–25 25–21   97–83 P2 P3

Final standingEdit

AwardsEdit

Statistics leadersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "FIVB signs World Cup deal with Japan for 2015 and 2019". FIVB. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  2. ^ "USA wrap up historic World Cup as Italy join them on road to Rio". FIVB. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  3. ^ "USA's Anderson heads Men's World Cup Dream Team". FIVB. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Edgar's 50-point performance shoots him to top of all-time list". FIVB. 16 September 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Records smashed as Canada deny Australia". FIVB. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  6. ^ a b "World Cup 2015 qualification process confirmed". FIVB. 10 March 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Puerto Rico confirmed as new hosts of U20 World Championship". FIVB. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  8. ^ "New net touch rule approved". FIVB. 1 November 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  9. ^ "CEV European Ranking List - Men (as per 15.10.2014)". CEV. 15 October 2014. Archived from the original on 27 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Olympic and World champions to meet in World Cup". FIVB. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2019.

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