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FIVB World League volleyball

FIVB, the International Federation of Volleyball, conducts a two-month tournament among the world’s top 18 men’s national teams. This is the 24th year of the tournament.

Broken into three pools, a team plays its five opponents two times each — two consecutive days of matches. This weekend is the first round of pool play.

A winning team gets three points if it won by a set score of 3-0 or 3-1, two points if it won 3-2. A losing team gets no points for a 3-0 or 3-1 loss, one point for a 3-2 loss.

The three pool winners, the final-round host country (Argentina) and the second-place team in Pools A and B advance to the finals July 17-21 in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Once there, teams are split into three-team pools, with the top two in each advancing to cross-bracket semifinals and a championship match.

Poland is the defending champion.

Pool A

Argentina and top two other finishers advance

Argentina

Brazil

Bulgaria

France

Poland

United States

This weekend’s matches

Argentina vs. U.S. at Koch Arena

Brazil at Poland

Bulgaria at France

Pool B

Top two finishers advance

Cuba

Germany

Iran

Italy

Russia

Serbia

This weekend’s matches

Iran at Russia

Germany at Italy

Serbia at Cuba

Pool C

Pool winner advances

Canada

Finland

Japan

Netherlands

Portugal

South Korea

This weekend’s matches

Netherlands at Canada

Japan at South Korea

Portugal at Finland

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