The FIVB has released the new formula that they’re going to implement to decide which teams will compete at this years Men’s Club Volleyball Championships in Poland.
Continental champions from South America, Europe, and Asia, will be joined by the league champions in Poland along with the league champions of the top two ranked nations as per the FIVB rankings on December 31st, 2016.
Rounding out the last two teams will be two wild card picks. Those picks haven’t been announced yet, but will be decided closer to the event.
The new format differentiates from the 2016 qualification format mainly by excluding the 2016 African continental champions as well as a wild card spot. Last year, the 2016 African Champions, 2015 Asian Champions, 2016 European Champs, 2016 South American Champions, the top team from the host nation Brazil, and three wild card teams made up the eight teams that contested in the tournament.
This year’s tournament will take place in Poland from December 11-17 as the last event on the FIVB’s 2017 calendar.
The pool portion of the event will be taking place from December 11-14 in one city. Once the semifinalists are selected, they will be competing in a different city in Poland as will the eventual finalists who will go on to compete for the championship title.