FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup

The FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup is an international volleyball competition contested by the senior men's and women's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), the sport's global governing body. The tournament was created in 1993 after radical changes made on the biggest tournaments organised by the FIVB. The main goal was not to have a single year without two high-profile world-level volleyball competitions, alongside the pre-existing men's and women's world championship, men's and women's world cup and the volleyball tournament at the Olympic Games which are all quadrennial and the annual men's and women's Nations League.

FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup
FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup Logo.png
SportVolleyball
Founded1993
Inaugural season1993
No. of teams6
ContinentInternational (FIVB)
Most recent
champion(s)
M:  Brazil (5th title)
W:  China (2nd title)
Most titlesM:  Brazil (5 titles)
W:  Brazil
      China
     (2 titles each)

The World Grand Champions Cup is therefore played quadrennially the year after the Olympic Games and is always hosted by the Japan Volleyball Association. It does not give any points for the World Ranking.

Brazil has been the most successful team in the men's tournament, having won five of the seven editions. Brazil has also finished runners-up to Cuba and Italy in the only two occasions claimed by other national teams. The women's tournament history is more balanced with Brazil and China having won the tournament twice, while Cuba, Italy, and Russia have won one title each.

HistoryEdit

OriginsEdit

The World Grand Champions Cup was created in 1993 after radical changes made on the biggest tournaments organised by the FIVB. The main goal was not to have a single year without a world FIVB competition. This is the only FIVB tournament that doesn't give FIVB points for the world ranking.

WinnersEdit

Brazil has been the most successful team with the men's team winning five and the women's team two titles.

Competition formulaEdit

The World Grand Champions Cup has always had the same formula since the first edition:

  • The competition takes place in Japan.
  • Six teams participate in each event: host nation, four continental champions and one wild card.
  • Japan is always pre-qualified as the host nation.
  • Four continental champions from continents whose teams reached the highest ranking at the preceding Olympic Games.
  • The remaining team participates through a wild card granted by the FIVB.
  • A round robin format is used for this competition.
  • Final standings are calculated by usual volleyball criteria: match points, numbers of matches won, sets ratio (the total number of sets won divided by the total number of sets lost), points ratio, direct confrontation.

Results summaryEdit

MenEdit

Year Champions Runners-up 3rd place 4th place 5th place 6th place
1993
Details
 
Italy
 
Brazil
 
Cuba
 
Japan
 
United States
 
South Korea
1997
Details
 
Brazil
 
Netherlands
 
Cuba
 
China
 
Japan
 
Australia
2001
Details
 
Cuba
 
Brazil
 
FR Yugoslavia
 
South Korea
 
Japan
 
Argentina
2005
Details
 
Brazil
 
United States
 
Italy
 
Japan
 
Egypt
 
China
2009
Details
 
Brazil
 
Cuba
 
Japan
 
Poland
 
Iran
 
Egypt
2013
Details
 
Brazil
 
Russia
 
Italy
 
Iran
 
United States
 
Japan
2017
Details
 
Brazil
 
Italy
 
Iran
 
United States
 
France
 
Japan
2021 Not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2025
Details

WomenEdit

Year Champions Runners-up 3rd place 4th place 5th place 6th place
1993
Details
 
Cuba
 
China
 
Russia
 
Japan
 
United States
 
Peru
1997
Details
 
Russia
 
Cuba
 
Brazil
 
China
 
Japan
 
South Korea
2001
Details
 
China
 
Russia
 
Japan
 
Brazil
 
United States
 
South Korea
2005
Details
 
Brazil
 
United States
 
China
 
Poland
 
Japan
 
South Korea
2009
Details
 
Italy
 
Brazil
 
Dominican Republic
 
Japan
 
South Korea
 
Thailand
2013
Details
 
Brazil
 
United States
 
Japan
 
Russia
 
Thailand
 
Dominican Republic
2017
Details
 
China
 
Brazil
 
United States
 
Russia
 
Japan
 
South Korea
2021 Not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2025
Details

Medals summaryEdit

MenEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Brazil5207
2  Cuba1124
  Italy1124
4  Netherlands0101
  Russia0101
  United States0101
7  FR Yugoslavia0011
  Iran0011
  Japan0011
Totals (9 nations)77721

WomenEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Brazil2215
2  China2114
3  Russia1113
4  Cuba1102
5  Italy1001
6  United States0213
7  Japan0022
8  Dominican Republic0011
Totals (8 nations)77721

MVP by editionEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit