2018 World Championship qualification process continues this weekend
The 2018 World Championships will feature 24 teams per gender
A total of 24 teams per gender will qualify for the 2018 World Championships. Hosts Japan (women), Italy and Bulgaria (men) qualify automatically. As do reigning world champions USA (women) and Poland (men).
FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Poland 2014
FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship Italy 2014
NORCECA - Women's qualification process
The women's qualification process in the NORCECA Confederation will take place over three rounds including first round AFECAVOL, CAZOVA and ECVA zonal qualification tournaments in 2016. USA qualify automatically for the final round in Japan as the reigning women's world champions and will be joined by six other teams from the NORCECA Confederation.
NORCECA - Men's qualification process
In the men's competition, five teams from the NORCECA Confederation will qualify for the World Championship final round in Italy and Bulgaria. First round zonal qualification tournaments will take place in the AFECAVOL, CAZOVA and ECVA regions in 2016.
European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) - Women's qualification process
In Europe, the first round of the women's qualification process took place in May with Cyprus and Iceland progressing to the second round which will be played in May and June 2017. Eight European teams will qualify for the Women's World Championship when the qualification process is completed.
European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) - Men's qualification process
In the European men's qualification competition, Luxembourg and Cyprus were victorious in the first round pools in May. They will participate in the second qualification round in May-June 2017. Ten European men's teams will qualify for the Men's World Championship including hosts Italy and Bulgaria and reigning world champions Poland, who all qualify automatically.
Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) - Women's qualification process
In Asia, three tournaments will be held in the first round of the women's qualification process in 2016 with the best teams progressing to the second round to be played in 2017. Five Asian women's teams will qualify for the Women's World Championship including hosts Japan who qualify automatically.
Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) - Men's qualification process
Five pools make up the first round of the qualification process for Asian men's teams. And again the best teams will progress to the second round to be played in 2017. Four Asian men's teams will qualify for the Men's World Championship in 2018.
South American Volleyball Confederation (CSV)
In South America, 2015 South American champions Brazil are qualified for the Women's World Championship in 2018. They will be joined by one team following a South American qualification tournament to be confirmed. The same is true for the men's teams, where 2015 South American champions Brazil will be joined by one other South America country following a qualification tournament to be confirmed.
African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB)
Finally, two women's teams and three men's teams will qualify for the 2018 World Championships from the African continent. The details of the qualification process will be announced in due course.
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