Asian Men's Volleyball Championship

The Asian Men's Volleyball Championship is an international volleyball competition in Asia and Oceania contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC), the sport's continent governing body. The initial gap between championships was four years, but since 1987 they have been awarded every two years. The current champion is Iran, which won its fourth title at the 2021 tournament.

Asian Men's Volleyball Championship
Upcoming season or competition:
Current sports event 2023 Asian Men's Volleyball Championship
SportVolleyball
Founded1975; 48 years ago (1975)
Inaugural season1975
No. of teams16 (Finals)
ContinentAsia and Oceania (AVC)
Most recent
champion(s)
 Iran
(4th title)
Most titles Japan
(9 titles)
TV partner(s)PPTV
Official websiteasianvolleyball.net

HistoryEdit

The first tournament was held in 1975 with the participation of seven national teams. Japan captured the first gold. The next edition was held in 1979, were won by China and Wang Jiawei hailed as the first ever MVP of the tournament. However, in 1980s Japan managed to return at first position. They captured another Asian gold in 1983 and repeated this success at next edition in 1897. In 1989, twice runners-up South Korea won its maiden Asian title at the home tournament. The three teams from East Asia dominated the tournament for next three decades.

The domination of East Asian teams was ceased in 2007 when Australia unprecedentally won their first ever title. The next tournament was won again by Japan. In 2011, Iran took their first ever title at the home tournament and repeated this success at the next edition in 2013.

The 2015 Asian Championship took place again in Tehran, Iran. It was won by Japan who managed to beat home favorites – Iran – in 3–1 victory. They also won the next tournament.

The 2019 Asian Championship was hosted by Iran for the third time and they won and captured their 3rd title after defeating Australia in 3–0 victory. For the first time in the tournament, the 2021 edition was held in two venues in Japan. In the final match held in Chiba, Iran finally took their revenge against home favorites – Japan – in 3–1 victory and won their fourth Asian title.

The 21 Asian Championship tournaments have been won by five different national teams. Japan have won nine times. The other Asian Championship winners are South Korea and Iran, with four titles each; China, with three titles; and Australia, with one title.

Australia, China, Japan, and South Korea co-holds record for the participation at the Asian Championships (21 times).

Results summaryEdit

Year Host Final 3rd place match Teams
Champions Score Runners-up 3rd place Score 4th place
1975
Details
 
Melbourne
 
Japan
Round-robin  
South Korea
 
China
Round-robin  
Australia
7
1979
Details
 
Manama
 
China
Round-robin  
South Korea
 
Japan
Round-robin  
Australia
15
1983
Details
 
Tokyo
 
Japan
Round-robin  
China
 
South Korea
Round-robin  
Chinese Taipei
11
1987
Details
 
Kuwait City
 
Japan
3–0  
China
 
South Korea
3–0  
Kuwait
17
1989
Details
 
Seoul
 
South Korea
3–0  
Japan
 
China
3–2  
Pakistan
19
1991
Details
 
Perth
 
Japan
Round-robin  
South Korea
 
China
Round-robin  
Australia
15
1993
Details
 
Nakhon Ratchasima
 
South Korea
3–0  
Kazakhstan
 
Japan
3–2  
China
16
1995
Details
 
Seoul
 
Japan
Round-robin  
China
 
South Korea
Round-robin  
Iran
14
1997
Details
 
Doha
 
China
Round-robin  
Japan
 
Australia
Round-robin  
Chinese Taipei
17
1999
Details
 
Tehran
 
China
Round-robin  
Australia
 
South Korea
Round-robin  
Japan
14
2001
Details
 
Changwon
 
South Korea
3–1  
Australia
 
Japan
3–1  
China
12
2003
Details
 
Tianjin
 
South Korea
Round-robin  
China
 
Iran
Round-robin  
Australia
15
2005
Details
 
Suphan Buri
 
Japan
3–0  
China
 
South Korea
3–1  
India
18
2007
Details
 
Jakarta
 
Australia
Round-robin  
Japan
 
South Korea
Round-robin  
China
17
2009
Details
 
Manila
 
Japan
3–1  
Iran
 
South Korea
3–1  
China
18
2011
Details
 
Tehran
 
Iran
3–1  
China
 
South Korea
3–1  
Australia
16
2013
Details
 
Dubai
 
Iran
3–0  
South Korea
 
China
3–1  
Japan
21
2015
Details
 
Tehran
 
Japan
3–1  
Iran
 
China
3–2  
Qatar
16
2017
Details
 
Gresik
 
Japan
3–1  
Kazakhstan
 
South Korea
3–0  
Indonesia
16
2019
Details
 
Tehran
 
Iran
3–0  
Australia
 
Japan
3–1  
South Korea
16
2021
Details
 
Chiba / Funabashi
 
Iran
3–0  
Japan
 
China
3–0  
Chinese Taipei
16
2023
Details
 
Tehran
[to be determined] [to be determined] [to be determined] [to be determined] TBD

Teams reaching the top fourEdit

Team Champions Runners-up 3rd place 4th place
  Japan 9 (1975, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1995, 2005, 2009, 2015, 2017) 4 (1989, 1997, 2007, 2021) 4 (1979, 1993, 2001, 2019) 2 (1999, 2013)
  South Korea 4 (1989, 1993, 2001, 2003) 4 (1975, 1979, 1991, 2013) 9 (1983, 1987, 1995, 1999, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2017) 1 (2019)
  Iran 4 (2011, 2013, 2019, 2021) 2 (2009, 2015) 1 (2003) 1 (1995)
  China 3 (1979, 1997, 1999) 6 (1983, 1987, 1995, 2003, 2005, 2011) 6 (1975, 1989, 1991, 2013, 2015, 2021) 4 (1993, 2001, 2007, 2009)
  Australia 1 (2007) 3 (1999, 2001, 2019) 1 (1997) 5 (1975, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2011)
  Kazakhstan 2 (1993, 2017)
  Chinese Taipei 3 (1983, 1997, 2021)
  Kuwait 1 (1987)
  Pakistan 1 (1989)
  India 1 (2005)
  Qatar 1 (2015)
  Indonesia 1 (2017)

Champions by regionEdit

Federation (Region) Champion(s) Number
EAZVA (East Asia) Japan (9), South Korea (4), China (3) 16 titles
CAZVA (Central Asia) Iran (4) 4 titles
OZVA (Oceania) Australia (1) 1 title

HostsEdit

List of hosts by number of championships hosted.

Times Hosted Nations Year(s)
5   Iran 1999, 2011, 2015, 2019, 2023
3   South Korea 1989, 1995, 2001
2   Australia 1975, 1991
  Japan 1983, 2021
  Thailand 1993, 2005
  Indonesia 2007, 2017
1   Bahrain 1979
  China 2003
  Kuwait 1987
  Philippines 2009
  Qatar 1997
  United Arab Emirates 2013

Medal summaryEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Japan94417
2  South Korea44917
3  Iran4217
4  China36615
5  Australia1315
6  Kazakhstan0202
Totals (6 entries)21212163

Participating nationsEdit

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  •  •  – Did not enter / Did not qualify
  •    – Hosts
  • Q – Qualified for the forthcoming tournament
Team  
1975
(7)
 
1979
(15)
 
1983
(11)
 
1987
(17)
 
1989
(19)
 
1991
(15)
 
1993
(16)
 
1995
(14)
 
1997
(17)
 
1999
(14)
 
2001
(12)
 
2003
(15)
 
2005
(18)
 
2007
(17)
 
2009
(18)
  Afghanistan
  Australia 4th 4th 6th 11th 10th 4th 6th 5th 3rd 2nd 2nd 4th 8th 1st 7th
  Bahrain 14th 8th 16th 10th 10th 13th 10th
  Bangladesh 17th 16th
  China 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd 4th 2nd 1st 1st 4th 2nd 2nd 4th 4th
  Chinese Taipei 4th 6th 9th 5th 10th 6th 4th 7th 6th 9th 13th 8th 8th
  Hong Kong 10th 14th 12th 18th 17th
  India 5th 5th 5th 6th 10th 9th 9th 9th 7th 5th 4th 9th 9th
  Indonesia 6th 9th 6th 6th 11th 7th 6th
  Iran 6th 10th 8th 7th 5th 4th 6th 5th 5th 3rd 6th 5th 2nd
  Iraq 8th 9th 7th
  Japan 1st 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 2nd 4th 3rd 6th 1st 2nd 1st
  Jordan 17th
  Kazakhstan 2nd 14th 11th 9th 8th 10th 5th
  Kuwait 7th 7th 4th 5th 14th 13th 14th 17th
  Lebanon 13th 11th
  Macau 13th
  Maldives 16th 18th
  Myanmar 10th
    Nepal 11th 18th
  New Zealand 7th 11th 8th 12th 12th 12th 11th 12th 14th 15th
  North Korea 11th
  Oman
  Pakistan 7th 4th 8th 8th 8th 7th 8th 7th 9th 13th
  Philippines 5th 15th 11th 14th 14th 15th
  Qatar 19th 12th 10th 8th 13th 11th 11th 7th 11th 14th
  Samoa 15th
  Saudi Arabia 9th 13th 13th 12th 8th 12th 12th
  Singapore 12th
  South Korea 2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 5th 3rd 1st 1st 3rd 3rd 3rd
  Sri Lanka 13th 13th 9th 15th 12th 14th 16th
  Syria 10th
  Thailand 14th 15th 9th 7th 7th 11th 10th 5th 6th 13th
  Turkmenistan
  United Arab Emirates 15th 11th 14th 17th 10th 15th 17th
  Uzbekistan 16th 16th
  Vietnam 12th 15th 12th
Discontinued teams
  South Yemen 15th 16th
Team  
2011
(16)
 
2013
(21)
 
2015
(16)
 
2017
(16)
 
2019
(16)
 
2021
(16)
 
2023
()
Total
  Afghanistan 15th 20th 2
  Australia 4th 5th 5th 8th 2nd 6th 21
  Bahrain 12th 12th 10th 10
  Bangladesh 2
  China 2nd 3rd 3rd 6th 6th 3rd 21
  Chinese Taipei 13th 9th 6th 7th 5th 4th 19
  Hong Kong 16th 16th 14th 8
  India 6th 7th 11th 8th 9th 18
  Indonesia 11th 4th 12th 10
  Iran 1st 1st 2nd 5th 1st 1st Q 20
  Iraq 13th 13th 5
  Japan 5th 4th 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 21
  Jordan 1
  Kazakhstan 9th 10th 9th 2nd 10th 11th 13
  Kuwait 17th 14th 15th 16th 12
  Lebanon 8th 3
  Macau 1
  Maldives 2
  Myanmar 18th 2
    Nepal 2
  New Zealand 10
  North Korea 1
  Oman 19th 15th 13th 3
  Pakistan 7th 10th 12th 7th 7th 15
  Philippines 6
  Qatar 12th 11th 4th 9th 9th 5th 16
  Samoa 1
  Saudi Arabia 21st 15th 12th 10
  Singapore 1
  South Korea 3rd 2nd 7th 3rd 4th 8th 21
  Sri Lanka 8th 15th 13th 14th 14th 12
  Syria 1
  Thailand 10th 6th 8th 11th 11th 15th 16
  Turkmenistan 14th 16th 2
  United Arab Emirates 14th 8
  Uzbekistan 16th 16th 13th 5
  Vietnam 10th 4
Discontinued teams
  South Yemen 2

Debut of teamsEdit

MVP by editionEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit