Lausanne, Switzerland, January 16, 2015 – The FIVB junior and youth world rankings have been updated and re-organised with four new lists to better reflect the different FIVB Age-Group World Championships.
Previously the World Rankings were combined to include both the youth and junior world championships as well as their continental equivalents. However, the change sees four new catagories outlined: Girls’ U18, Boys’ U19, Women’s U20 and Men’s U21.
FIVB World Ranking - Boys’ U19
FIVB World Ranking - Women’s U20
FIVB World Ranking - Men’s U21
The change has seen the rankings shuffle slightly, although European teams will receive the points earned at the CEV Boys’ U19 and Girls’ U18 Championships as these take place from April 4 to 12 and March 28 to April 4 respectively. In addition, African teams competing at next year’s Boys’ U19, Women’s U20 and Men’s U21 championships can also expect to see their ranking update.
The top five in the Girls’ U18 ranking remains unchanged with China, USA, Brazil, Peru, Japan occupying the top spots after finishing in the same positions at the U18 Girls’ World Championship. The Dominican Republic (up two places), Egypt (up three places) and Thailand (up nine places) all benefit from the new structure however.
China now sit atop of the Boys’ U19 ranking after their silver medal at the U19 Boys’ Youth World Championship with Iran and Russia in joint-second. This is likely to change however when the points for the 2015 European U19 Championship are taken into consideration.
The top three in the women’s U20 also stays the same with China above Japan and Brazil whilst Turkey move to fourth at the expense of Italy.
Russia’s gold medal performance at the Men’s U21 World Championship sees them go top of the U21 ranking as Brazil drop to second.