The World U18 Championships finished yesterday in Belgrade, and a new mass FINA competition already begins tomorrow.
The first-ever World U16 Championships start in Greece, in the Thessaly region. The championships for boys and girls will be staged simultaneously in the cities of Volos and Larissa between August 21 and 27.
More than 130 games will be played in seven days. A total of 38 national teams from 28 countries will take part in the inaugural FINA World Cadet Water Polo Championships.
It will be a festival of youth and water polo.
Men’s U16 World Championships
The boys’ championship that will be held in Volos will probably be FINA’s water polo tournament with the largest number of participants ever.
Even 25 teams arrive in Greece. Among them are all European powerhouses, the USA, Australia, etc. But, some teams that rarely have or never appeared at FINA water polo tournaments until now will play in Volos: Latvia, Azerbaijan, Poland, Switzerland, Portugal, Ukraine…
There are a total of 82 games on the program of the boys’ tournament,
The 25 teams will be split into eight groups in the preliminary stage. Seven groups will be with three teams, and one (Group D) with four teams. The games will be played in two pools.
After the group phase, three 1st-placed and the 2nd-placed will advance to the eighth finals.
The eight winners of this stage will continue to battle for medals in the Platinium Round (places 1st – 8th), which will be played by the usual knockout system (quarterfinals, semifinals, medal matches).
The losers in the eight finals will proceed to the Gold Round (places 9th – 16th), which will be organized, also as a knockout round.
The remaining nine teams (3rd-placed and 4th-placed in the groups) go to the Silver Round (places 17th – 25th)
Trophies and medals will be awarded to the three winning teams of the Platinum, Gold, and Silver Rounds.
Group A: Montenegro, Australia, Latvia.
Group B: Croatia, Slovenia, Azerbaijan.
Group C: Spain, Brazil, Poland.
Group D: Greece, Japan, Georgia, Switzerland.
Group E: Italy, Egypt, Ukraine.
Group F: United States of America, Kazakhstan, Malta.
Group G: Hungary, South Africa, Turkey.
Group H: Serbia, Germany, Portugal.
Day 1, Schedule
Group A: Montenegro-Latvia (9:00). Australia bye.
Group B: Croatia-Azerbaijan (10:15). Slovenia bye
Group C: Spain-Poland ( 18:00). Brazil bye
Group D: Georgia-Switzerland (19:15), Greece – Japan (20:30)
Group E: Italy-Ukraine (19:15). Egypt bye
Group F: USA – Malta (10:15). Kazakhstan bye
Group G: Hungary – Turkey (18:00). South Africa bye
Group H: Serbia-Germany(9:00). Portugal bye
Times are EEST
Pairing for the eighth-finals: A1 – D2, B2 – C1, B1 – C2, A2 – D1, 1E – H2, 2F – 1G, 1F – G2, 2E – 1H.
Women’s U16 World Championships
As for the girls, 13 teams participate. They will play in Larrissa.
The Preliminary Round consists of two parts. After a round-robin competition in the four groups (three groups of three and one of four teams) of the Preliminary Round 1, four new groups will be formed, as follows:
Group E (1A, 2B, 3C)
Group F (1B,2C, 3D, 4A)
Group G (1C, 2D, 3A)
Group H (1D, 2A, 3B)
At the end of Preliminary Round 2, the teams will proceed in three Classification Rounds.
Teams ranked 1st and 2nd per group will advance to the Platinium/Gold Rounds, and the teams ranked 3rd and 4th will proceed to the Silver Round (5 participants, for places 9th – 13th).
After the quarterfinals (1E – 2H, 2F – 1G, 1F – 2G, 2E – 1H), the winners go to the Platinium (1st – 4th place) and the losers to the Gold Round (5th – 8th place), which will be held by the knockout system (semifinals and medal matches)
Just like in the boys’ competition. a Cup and medals will be awarded to the three winning teams for each round.
A total of 52 games will be played.
Group A: Italy, Hungary, Croatia, Turkey.
Group B: Greece, Australia, Switzerland.
Group C: Spain, United States of America, Japan.
Group D: Netherlands, Israel, South Africa.
Day 1, Schedule
Group A: Italy – Croatia (9:00), Hungary – Turkey (10:15), Italy – Turkey (16:00)
Group B: Greece – Australia (21:15)
Group C: USA – Japan (11:30), Spain – Japan (17:15)
Group D: Netherlands – South Africa (12:45), Israel – South Africa (18:30)
Times are EEST
The competition field for both categories is 25,00 X 20,00 m, and the game duration is four periods of 6 minutes.
Read more about the World Cadet Championships