With the Paris 2024 Olympics rapidly approaching, the International Volleyball Federation's (FIVB) world ranking has assumed a critical role in the qualification process for major events, ensuring the participation of the best teams. The FIVB website's ranking page, the most visited, underscores its significance, a fact that was evident during this year's Olympic qualifiers held in Brazil, China, Japan, and Poland. It was during these qualifiers that six teams per gender secured their spots for the Paris 2024.
FIVB ranking and Paris 2024 Qualification
The remaining five contenders for Paris 2024 will be selected based on the ranking after the conclusion of the Nations League preliminary phase on June 24, 2024. France, as the host country, automatically qualifies as the 12th team. Among the men's teams that have already clinched their ticket to Paris include Poland, the United States, Italy, Japan, Brazil, and Argentina.
Teams Vying for Remaining Spots
Cuba, currently ranked 11th, is in the fray for the remaining five spots, alongside Slovenia (7th), Serbia (9th), and Germany (10th). These teams will be under intense pressure to perform in the upcoming Nations League to boost their chances of qualifying for the Olympics.
Changes in FIVB Competitions
During a recent FIVB Council meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, the competition format for Paris 2024 was confirmed, and discussions about the 2025-2028 calendar were held. This new calendar will witness a significant reduction in events to preserve the health of the athletes and ensure higher quality tournaments. The next men's and women's world championships will expand to 32 teams, divided into eight groups of four in the group phase, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the round of 16 in a knockout format.