Women’s EuroVolley Qualifying Tournament Begins Wednesday

  0 Braden Keith | August 14th, 2018 | European volleyball, International Volleyball, News

2019 European Championship Final Qualifying Tournament – WOMEN

The final leg of qualifying for the 2019 CEV Women’s European Volleyball Championships begins on Wednesday, where 24 teams divided into 6 pools will vie for spots at next year’s continental championship tournament.

Half of the field for the championship tournament are already determined, with 4 (Turkey, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia) qualifying as host countries, with 8 more (Serbia, Netherlands, Azerbaijan, Italy, Russia, Belarus, Germany, Bulgaria) qualifying via placement at the 2017 championship.

That leaves 12 spots remaining, and the next 24-best ranked teams in Europe were split into pools in a serpentine system, based on their rankings. Each pool will be played in a double-round-robin, home-and-home, between August 15th and January 9th. The top 2 finishers in each pool will automatically advance to the European Championship (the qualifier will not be played out any further than that).

The top team in the tournament and most likely to come through to compete for a European podium next year is Belgium, who are ranked #13 in the world and #7 in Europe. The Belgians won 4 matches to place 13th in this summer’s Nations League tournament. The country’s two-headed hitting monster of Kaja Grobelna and Britt Herbots, who are just 22 and 18, respectively, are starting to come into their own as an international force. Belgium has strength at every position on the court, if limited depth, and really are a team that just needs more experience – for that reason, playing in this qualification tournament might be more of a benefit than a hindrance to their overall development as a team.

The team that eliminated them in pool play at the 2017 European Championships, The Czech Republic, will also play in this qualification tournament, as will Croatia, who are ranked #19 in the world.

The Pools:

Pool A World Rank European Rank
Belgium 13 7
Iceland 97 41
Israel 35 23
Slovenia 115 25
Pool B World Rank European Rank
Albania 79 39
Austria 79 26
Croatia 19 10
Switzerland 45 23
Pool C World Rank European Rank
Greece 64 27
Montenegro 66 22
Norway 115 35
Ukraine 35 14
Pool D World Rank European Rank
Denmark 97 33
France 40 16
Georgia 115 28
Portugal 79 21
Pool E World Rank European Rank
Czech Republic 23 11
Estonia 45 28
Finland 79 20
Sweden 115 32
Pool F World Rank European Rank
Bosnia & Herzogovina 79 31
Latvia 66 30
Romania 31 18
Spain 35 19


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Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of VolleyMob.com. Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined SwimSwam.com as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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