Nine down, 15 to go for Men's World Championship


Slovenia were one of six teams to qualify for the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship this weekend.

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 29, 2017 - With six teams qualified this past weekend from Europe for the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship, 15 spots remain up for grabs for the next edition of the flagship FIVB tournament which will be jointly hosted by Italy and Bulgaria next year.

France, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Serbia, Russia and Finland all claimed tickets to Italy/Bulgaria Sunday night, as Round 2 of the European qualifiers wound down with some amazing matches across the continent.

The qualified teams join hosts Italy and Bulgaria plus defending champions Poland in the 2018 World Championship.

The six second-ranked teams of each pool, Germany, Slovakia, Belgium, Estonia, Belarus and Spain continue to Round 3 of the continental qualifiers for one more ticket to the World Championship. Round 3 will be a single round-robin pool to be held 11-16 July.

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In Asia meanwhile, Kazakhstan dominated the first round of the Central Zone men's qualifiers in Bishkek to secure a spot in the Final Round, where they'll meet China, Korea, Qatar and hosts Iran in Pool A, 10-14 August.

Pool B of the Asian qualifying finals, 12-16 July, features hosts Australia, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and New Zealand.

The top two teams from each pool get direct tickets to the 2018 World Championship to complete Asia's quote of four teams.


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