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The 19th edition of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championships will take place in both Italy and Bulgaria from September 10-30, 2018.  24 teams will need to qualify through an almost two-year process to compete for the title in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championships Italy-Bulgaria 2018.
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The tournament will see the participation of two teams from South America, four from Asia, 10 (including the hosts and defending champions Poland) from Europe, three from Africa and five from the North, Central America and Caribbean. A total of 103 matches will be played over the 18-day tournament. 

The 24 teams will be spread across four pools of six teams playing in around-robin system with the top four teams advancing to a second round of preliminary matches featuring two pools of eight teams playing in four cities.

The top three teams from each second-round pool will qualify to the third round, where the six teams will be split into two pools, from which the top two teams from each pool will then advance to the semifinals and finals with the third ranked teams in the third round pools also playing off for fifth place. 

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