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09/05/2018 11:00
Draw for #EuroVolleyU19W produces pools for Septembers Final Round in Albania
2018 CEV U19 Volleyball European Championship - Women

Tirana, Albania, May 9, 2018.  Following the U20 Mens draw yesterday, today it was the turn of the 2018 U19 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Women with the draw being held earlier today in Tirana (ALB) at the "Kastrati Hotel & Tower".  As in previous editions, 12 teams will go head to head across a 9-day period for gold, starting in two pools of six teams before moving to the knock-out stage.

Final Round matches commence later this year on 1st September, with the final being played on the 9th September 2018.  The top two teams from this tournament will qualify for the 2019 edition of the FIVB Women's U20 World Championship.

34 teams started in the championship back in January and while eight of the Final Round teams are already known, the final four teams will come from the 3rd Round tournaments which are scheduled for the end of June and will be composed as follows:

Pool H in Ploiesti (ROU): Romania, Germany, Norway, Belarus
Pool I in Vathi Samos (GRE): Greece, The Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia 

As hosts of the Final Round, Albania chose to be in the top spot of Pool I, while all other teams were drawn - first those teams that were already confirmed, followed by those still to be qualified.


CEV Vice President and Treasurer and 2018 #EuroVolleyU19W Jury President Ozkan Mutlugil together with the highest authorities of the Albanian Volleyball Federation and ESOC member Tomas Singer

The composition of the two preliminary pools for the Final Round is as follows:

Pool I in Durres (ALB): Albania, Poland, Italy, Bulgaria, Winner of 3rd Round Pool H, Second placed team from 3rd Round Pool I

Pool II in Tirana (ALB): Turkey, Russia, Serbia, France, Winner of 3rd Round Pool I , Second placed team from 3rd Round Pool H

The top two from each pool will progress to the semis and play for the medals – whilst the third and fourth-placed teams from each group will contest the classification matches 5-8.

The match schedule for the pool stage of the competition will be made available on CEV website shortly.

Russia (pictured below) won gold in the 2016 edition of the #EuroVolleyU19W held in Slovakia and Hungary, while Serbia and Turkey settled for the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

The draw was streamed live on the Albanian Facebook page, click here to see a re-run.

Click here for further information.


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