Eight of the world’s best teams, Australia, Croatia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Serbia and USA will be competing in a round-robin format tournament in Ruza, Russia, from June 20-25 at the Super Final of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League 2017.
The European teams qualified over a five-month preliminary tournament and Asian, Oceania and American teams grabbed their spot at the Intercontinental Tournament in Gold Coast (AUS).
The groups’ composition for the tournament unfolds as follows:
GROUP A: USA, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Italy
GROUP B: Australia, Croatia, Japan, Russia
Serbia, World League title holders since 2013 and current Olympic and World champions are the team to beat in Ruza. Croatia is another strong contingent with the 2012 Olympic title, while gold and silver Intercontinental Tournament medallists, respectively Australia and the U.S are other teams to watch for.
Ruza’s schedule (local time)
Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)
The Fédération Internationale de Natation, founded in 1908, is the governing body for aquatics worldwide. FINA’s five discipline Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Synchronised Swimming – are all included in the Olympic programme. High Diving made its first appearance in FINA events at the 2013 FINA World Championships. FINA counts 207 affiliated National Federations on the five continents and has its headquarters in Lausanne (SUI).
Press Release courtesy of FINA.