2016 FINA Men's Water Polo World League

The 2016 FINA Men's Water Polo World League was the 15th edition of the annual men's international water polo tournament. It was played between October 2015 and June 2016 and opened to all men's water polo national teams. After participating in a preliminary round, eight teams qualify to play in a final tournament, called the Super Final in Huizhou, China from 21–26 June 2016.[1]

In the world league, there are specific rules that do not allow matches to end in a draw. If teams are level at the end of the 4th quarter of any world league match, the match will be decided by a penalty shootout. Teams earn points in the standings in group matches as follows:

  • Match won in normal time - 3 points
  • Match won in shootout - 2 points
  • Match lost in shootout - 1 point
  • Match lost in normal time - 0 points

EuropeEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

The European preliminary round consisted of three group of four teams. The winner of each group after the home and away series of games qualified for the Super Final.

Group AEdit

Team GP W L GF GA GD Pts
  Greece 6 5 1 81 48 +33 15
  Hungary 6 5 1 89 57 +32 15
  Romania 6 2 4 54 76 -22 6
  Georgia 6 0 6 57 100 -43 0
20 Oct 2015 Hungary   17–10   Georgia Tiszaligeti uszoda, Szolnok
20 Oct 2015 Greece   17–3   Romania Athens

17 Nov 2015 Hungary   16–8   Romania Kecskeméti Fürdő, Kecskemét
17 Nov 2015 Greece   18–10   Georgia Athens

01 Dec 2015 Greece   12–8   Hungary Patras
01 Dec 2015 Georgia   11–13   Romania Tbilisi

16 Feb 2016 Georgia   10–20   Hungary Tbilisi
16 Feb 2016 Romania   6–9   Greece Bucharest

26 Apr 2016 Romania   7–15   Hungary Oradea
26 Apr 2016 Georgia   8–15   Greece Tbilisi

10 May 2016 Hungary   13–10   Greece Városi Sportuszoda, Szentes
10 May 2016 Romania   17–8   Georgia Bucharest

Group BEdit

Team GP W L GF GA GD Pts
  Serbia 6 5 1 79 69 +10 16
  Montenegro 6 4 2 73 55 +18 11
  Spain 6 3 3 67 63 +4 9
  France 6 0 6 50 82 -32 0
20 Oct 2015 Serbia   12–9   France Belgrade
20 Oct 2015 Montenegro   11–6   Spain Herceg Novi

17 Nov 2015 Serbia   13–12   Spain Novi Sad

01 Dec 2015 Spain   18–10   France Barcelona
01 Dec 2015 Montenegro   10–12   Serbia Budva

16 Feb 2016 France   10–15   Serbia Strasbourg
16 Feb 2016 Spain   10–8   Montenegro Sabadell

14 Mar 2016 France   10–12   Montenegro Nice

26 Apr 2016 Spain   13–14   Serbia Barcelona
26 Apr 2016 Montenegro   17–4   France Herceg Novi

10 May 2016 France   7–8   Spain Limoges
10 May 2016 Serbia   (3) 10–10 (5)   Montenegro Banja Luka

Group CEdit

Team GP W L GF GA GD Pts
  Italy 6 6 0 89 51 +38 17
  Croatia 6 4 2 86 51 +35 13
  Russia 6 2 4 65 75 -10 6
  Turkey 6 0 6 34 97 -63 0
20 Oct 2015 Croatia   19–6   Turkey Šibenik
20 Oct 2015 Russia   11–16   Italy Moscow

17 Nov 2015 Croatia   17–9   Russia Zadar
17 Nov 2015 Italy   14–4   Turkey Rome

01 Dec 2015 Russia   13–9   Turkey Moscow
01 Dec 2015 Croatia   8–9   Italy Dubrovnik

16 Feb 2016 Turkey   3–16   Croatia Ankara
16 Feb 2016 Italy   14–9   Russia Turin

26 Apr 2016 Russia   10–14   Croatia Moscow
26 Apr 2016 Turkey   7–22   Italy Bursa

03 May 2016 Turkey   5–13   Russia Antalya

10 May 2016 Italy   (5) 9–9 (3)   Croatia Syracuse

Intercontinental Qualification TournamentEdit

Preliminary RoundEdit

Team GP W L GF GA GD Pts
  United States 5 5 0 79 40 +39 15
  Australia 5 4 1 58 30 +28 12
  Brazil 5 3 2 72 50 +22 9
  Japan 5 2 3 69 52 +17 6
  Kazakhstan 5 1 4 40 78 -38 3
  China 5 0 5 25 93 -68 0
10 May 2016 United States   8–6   Australia Yokohama, Japan
10 May 2016 Kazakhstan   7–19   Brazil Yokohama, Japan
10 May 2016 Japan   21–5   China Yokohama, Japan

11 May 2016 Australia   13–9   Brazil Yokohama, Japan
11 May 2016 China   10–15   Kazakhstan Yokohama, Japan
11 May 2016 United States   17–14   Japan Yokohama, Japan

12 May 2016 Brazil   17–4   China Yokohama, Japan
12 May 2016 Kazakhstan   7–19   United States Yokohama, Japan
12 May 2016 Japan   5–7   Australia Yokohama, Japan

13 May 2016 United States   16–11   Brazil Yokohama, Japan
13 May 2016 China   4–21   Australia Yokohama, Japan
13 May 2016 Japan   19–7   Kazakhstan Yokohama, Japan

14 May 2016 Kazakhstan   4–11   Australia Yokohama, Japan
14 May 2016 United States   19–2   China Yokohama, Japan
14 May 2016 Brazil   16–10   Japan Yokohama, Japan

5th PlaceEdit

15 May 2016 Kazakhstan   16–7   China Yokohama, Japan

3rd PlaceEdit

15 May 2016 Brazil   13–12   Japan Yokohama, Japan

FinalEdit

15 May 2016 United States   10–9   Australia Yokohama, Japan

Super FinalEdit

In the Super Final the eight qualifying teams are split into two groups of four teams with all teams progressing to the knock-out stage. The games were played in Huizhou, China from 21 to 26 June 2016.

Qualified teamsEdit

Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania
  Brazil
  United States
  China (Host)
  Japan
  Greece
  Italy
  Serbia
  Australia

Group AEdit

Team GP W L GF GA GD Pts
  Greece 3 3 0 40 16 +24 9
  Italy 3 2 1 35 32 +3 6
  Australia 3 1 2 25 31 -6 3
  Japan 3 0 3 24 45 -21 0
21 Jun 2016 Greece   15–7   Japan Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 3–1, 4–1, 3–2, 5–3
21 Jun 2016 Australia   7–14   Italy Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 2–3, 2–3, 2–4, 1–4

22 Jun 2016 Australia   13–7   Japan Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 3–3, 3–2, 5–1, 2–1
22 Jun 2016 Greece   15–4   Italy Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 4–0, 3–1, 4–1, 4–2

23 Jun 2016 Greece   10–5   Australia Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 1–1, 3–1, 2–2, 4–1
23 Jun 2016 Japan   10–17   Italy Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 1–3, 4–6, 1–4, 4–4

Group BEdit

Team GP W L GF GA GD Pts
  Serbia 3 3 0 44 23 +21 9
  United States 3 2 1 30 23 +7 6
  Brazil 3 1 2 32 37 -5 2
  China 3 0 3 24 47 -23 1
21 Jun 2016 Serbia   14–10   Brazil Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 4–3, 4–3, 4–2, 2–2
21 Jun 2016 United States   12–6   China Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 3–1, 3–1, 2–2, 4–2

22 Jun 2016 United States   10–7   Brazil Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 3–2, 2–3, 3–1, 2–1
22 Jun 2016 Serbia   20–5   China Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 5–2, 4–1, 6–1, 5–1

23 Jun 2016 Serbia   10–8   United States Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 4–2, 3–2, 2–2, 1–2
23 Jun 2016 Brazil   11–11   China Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 2–2, 2–2, 3–4, 4–3  PSO: 4–2

Knockout stageEdit

 
QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
  Italy12
 
 
 
  Brazil6
 
  Italy4
 
 
 
  Serbia7
 
  Japan10
 
 
 
  Serbia19
 
  Serbia10
 
 
 
  United States6
 
  Australia8 (7)
 
 
 
  United States (pen.)8 (8)
 
  United States (pen.)11 (6)
 
 
 
  Greece11 (5) Third place
 
  Greece15
 
 
 
  China5
 
  Greece11
 
 
  Italy7
 
5th–8th Places
 
SemifinalsFifth place
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Brazil10
 
 
 
  Japan12
 
  Japan7
 
 
 
  Australia12
 
  Australia15
 
 
  China4
 
Seventh place
 
 
 
 
 
  Brazil16
 
 
  China4

QuarterfinalsEdit

24 Jun 2016 Italy   12–6   Brazil Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 4–1, 2–3, 3–1, 3–1
24 Jun 2016 Australia   8–8   United States Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 1–2, 3–3, 0–1, 4–2  PSO: 7–8
24 Jun 2016 Greece   15–5   China Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 4–1, 5–2, 2–1, 4–1
24 Jun 2016 Japan   10–19   Serbia Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 3–4, 1–7, 3–5, 3–3

5th–8th Places SemifinalsEdit

25 Jun 2016 Brazil   10–12   Japan Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 2–4, 1–6, 5–2, 2–0
25 Jun 2016 Australia   15–4   China Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 5–1, 3–0, 3–2, 4–1

SemifinalsEdit

25 Jun 2016 Italy   4–7   Serbia Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 1–2, 1–2, 1–1, 1–2
25 Jun 2016 United States   11–11   Greece Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 5–2, 1–3, 4–5, 1–1  PSO: 6–5

7th PlaceEdit

26 Jun 2016 Brazil   16–4   China Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 2–1, 3–0, 5–1, 6–2

5th PlaceEdit

26 Jun 2016 Japan   7–12   Australia Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 2–4, 2–3, 1–3, 2–2

3rd PlaceEdit

26 Jun 2016 Italy   7–11   Greece Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 4–1, 2–4, 1–4, 0–2

FinalEdit

26 Jun 2016 Serbia   10–6   United States Huizhou, China
Score by quarters: 2–0, 3–1, 3–0, 2–5

Final rankingEdit

Top Scorer Player of the Tournament Goalkeeper of the Tournament
  Tony Azevedo   Branislav Mitrović   Konstantinos Flegkas

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "HistoFINA – Water polo medalists and statistics" (PDF). fina.org. FINA. September 2019. p. 40. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 August 2021. Retrieved 6 August 2021.