Dallas to Host 2016 World League Tournament
16 Dec, 2015
Last Domestic Stop for the U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team Before the 2016 Rio Olympic Games
Celebrate the United States’ birthday by cheering the U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team at its final domestic tournament before the 2016 Olympic Games.
The Dallas Sports Commission and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas will host the 2015 FIVB World Cup champion United States, defending Olympic champion Russia, Bulgaria and Australia in FIVB World League matches on July 1-3.
The FIVB World League is an elite annual men’s volleyball competition in which the best teams in the world compete in pool play matches trying to qualify for the Final Round (July 13-17) and a first-place prize of $1 million.
Tickets for the 2016 World League matches will go on sale in mid-December. The 2016 World League matches will be played in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships, which will also be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
“We are looking forward to returning to Dallas for World League,” U.S. Head Coach John Speraw said. “Dallas fans were supportive and enthusiastic when we competed there in 2012 and we went on to do well in the World League Final Round.”
Dallas last hosted World League in 2012 when the U.S. Men hosted France, Italy and Korea and advanced to the Final round where they took the silver medal.
The U.S. Men qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games by winning the 2015 World Cup. The matches in Dallas will be their last competition in the United States before they leave for Rio.
In 2016, World League will have a shortened format. Group 1 consists of the top 12 teams from the 2015 World League. Every team will play every other team once over the course of three weekends of preliminary play. The top five teams plus the hosts will advance to the Final Round.
The U.S. Men have won World League twice (2008 and 2014). They took silver in 2012 and have finished third three times (1992, 2007 and 2015).