The men’s World League Final Eight will be held in Tbilisi (Georgia) between June 28 and July 4.
As usual, four European and four non-European teams will take part.
Europe will be represented by host Georgia and the top three teams from the continental qualifications: Greece, Montenegro, Italy.
The Intercontinental Cup (non-European qualifications), both for men and for women, that was scheduled for the end of May (24 – 31), has been canceled. Still, it is known which non-European teams will play in Tbilisi: the USA, Japan, Kazakhstan, and Argentina.
Argentina will make its debut at the World League Super Final. The South American champion was invited to play in Tbilisi after Australia, the regular participant of the F8 in the past six years, withdrew from the competition.
That means that none of the medal winners in the previous edition of the World League will play in Tbilisi. Serbia won gold, Croatia silver, while Australia finished 3rd at the 2019 Super Final, held in Belgrade. Serbia and Croatia were stopped in the quarterfinals of the European qualifications.
The eight teams will be split into two groups in the first phase
Group A: Greece (1st in Europe), Italy (3rd in Europe), Kazakhstan, and Argentina.
Group B: Montenegro (2nd in Europe), Georgia (host); USA and Japan.
After the group stage, all teams will advance to the quarterfinals.
Ladies in Athens
The Women’s World League Super Final will be held in Athens (June 14 -19). Originally, Kazan (Russia) was designated as the host, but recently FINA moved the F8 to Athens, to the venue of the water polo tournament at the 2004 Olympic Games.
Group A: Hungary (1st in Europe), Russia (3rd in Europe), Canada, Japan
Group B: Spain (2nd in Europe), Greece (4th in Europe and host), USA, Kazakhstan.