All eyes will be on the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence this afternoon when the draw for the first round of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship takes place in the Italian city.
Tune in at 16.15 local time/15.15 GMT to watch the live stream of the ceremony, which will be available on the Italian Volleyball Federation (FIPAV) YouTube and Facebook pages:
The draw will also be broadcast live on Italian television channel Rai Sport.
How the draw works:
The hosts are seeded in Pool A (Italy) and in Pool D (Bulgaria).
The next six highest ranked teams in the FIVB World Ranking are seeded into the first and second rows of the draw table in a serpentine system (as illustrated below) following their order in the FIVB World Ranking on July 7, 2017.
The 16 remaining teams (also in accordance with the world ranking on July 7, 2017) will be drawn row by row.
• Teams in Draw 1/3rd row: Iran (WR8); France (WR9); Serbia (WR11); Japan (WR12)
• Teams in Draw 2/4th row: Egypt (WR13); Belgium (WR15); Cuba (WR16); Australia (WR16)
• Teams in Draw 3/5th row: Finland (WR18); China (WR20); Slovenia (WR23); Tunisia (WR24)
• Teams in Draw 4/6th row: Netherlands (WR25); Puerto Rico (WR29); Cameroon (WR30); Dominican Republic (WR38)
Teams participating in the Men’s World Championship and their World Ranking:
The FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Italy-Bulgaria 2018 will take place from September 10 to 30 in the three Bulgarian cities of Sofia, Varna and Ruse and six Italian cities of Bari, Bologna, Florence, Milan, Rome and Turin. For more information about the competition, the venues and the teams participating in the event, visit the tournament website here.
A draw for the first round of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship will take place in Japan on December 7. For more information about the Women’s World Championship, click here.