FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships
FINA organises World Championships for young women and men water
polo players every year. From 2011 on, a new age group competition
format has been launched with World Junior Championships for “20
Year & Under” taking place in odd years and World Youth
Championships “18 Years & Under” in even years.
In 2012, the first-ever FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships (18 & U) for both men and women was held in Perth (AUS) from December 1-9. Click here to be redirected on the Youth page.
The 17th FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships 2013 (20 & U) will be held in Szombathely (HUN) from August 12-18, 2013. 16 teams will be participating in the tournament.
The 10th FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championships 2013 (20 & U) will take place in Volos (GRE) from August 19-25, 2013.
WP Juniors (Men), Day 6: Hungary, Australia, Serbia and Montenegro looking strong
Serbia was impressive scoring eight goals as they dismantled the challenge from France which could manage only three for the game. Dujan MANDIC would land the ball into the net four times for Serbia giving his team the right to play Croatia in the next round. France will meet Iran tomorrow. Montenegro scored 16 goals powered by three from Gavril SUBOTIC in their rout of Kuwait. Montenegro will play Spain in the quarters. Kuwait will meet Mexico next.
WP Juniors (Men), Day 5: Greece, Italy, Croatia and Spain top teams earn spots in semi finals
VOLOS, Greece (August 31) - In the fifth day of the preliminary rounds the teams from Greece, Italy and Spain were confirmed as the top teams from Groups A, B and D. Croatia completed a sweep of their rivals in Group C yesterday; all four teams will advance to semi final, each earning a day off and a bye from the qualification round which begins on 1 September.
The Greek team defeated Puerto Rico by a score of 16 to 4 in a match that began during a thunderstorm. Despite the inclement weather, fans of the home team were not deterred in their support for the Greek juniors. The televised game confirmed Greece as the top team in Group A. Australia, the second place team in the group was idle today and will meet the team from the USA. The winner of tomorrow's game will advance to the semi finals.
WP Juniors (Men), Day 4: Unbeaten Croatia advances to semi finals
VOLOS, Greece (August 30) - Croatia continues their winning ways defeating Uzbekistan today by a huge margin, confirming they are the Group C champions by virtue of their four consecutive victories in the first round. Croatia is the only team to have achieved four victories over the first three days of competition. Croatia will be idle tomorrow and will earn an automatic spot in the semi final round which begins on 2 September. A win by Montenegro over Brazil tomorrow will confirm their position as second place in the Group C standings.
Greece dominated their contest with France before a standing room only spectator capacity this evening. The Greeks will play Puerto Rico tomorrow night and a win will put them in a tie with Australia for the top of the Group A bracket. Australia and Greece tied, 6-6, when they played head to head, so the decision of which team to advance to the semi final round will be made on the basis of goal differential against each of their opponents. But a victory over Puerto Rico is a prerequisite. Australia is idle tomorrow and does not control their own fate.
WP Juniors (Men), Day 3: Croatia makes good start with three consecutive wins
VOLOS, Greece (August 29) - Croatia leads the 16th FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships as the only team to earn three consecutive victories. Croatia will face Uzbekistan tomorrow and will likely emerge at the top of Group C standings. Montenegro, which Croatia defeated today will face Brazil in an important contest for the second position in Group C.
Hungary and Italy are tied with 4 points each in Group B competition, but a winner of their head to head match will be known tomorrow evening when these two European rivals face off in the first game of the evening session.
WP Juniors (Men), Day 2: Australia, Iran, Serbia and Croatia lead their groups after two days of play
VOLOS, Greece (August 28) - Australia and Iran are at the top of the Group A and Group B standings respectively, each team having posted a victory in today's competition and each team having tied their first game yesterday. France sits comfortably in second position in Group A standings having soundly defeated Puerto Rico by a wide margin in their first game today. Canada is in third position in Group A due to their victory over Puerto Rico yesterday but they lost by a 11 goal margin to Australia today. Hungary rests confidently in second place with 2 points in the Group B standings having played and won their only game, a 26-0 beating of Kuwait on the first day of competition. Italy, also with 2 points in Group B completion defeated Kazakhstan by a 20-2 margin in their only game, and will challenge for the leadership of the bracket.
Tomorrow's big games will be a match up between Australia and France in Group A play and a Hungary versus Iran match up that will surely churn the waters at the outdoor pool.
WP Juniors (Men), Day 1: world's best junior teams gather in sunny Volos (GRE)
VOLOS, Greece (August 27) - The modern city of Volos, Greece has a rich local history and mythological tradition. Volos may be best known for Jason and the Argonauts, as well as the legendary Centaurs who lived on Mt. Pelion. At the foot of this equally historic and famous mountain is the swimming pool that will be at the center stage for 20 nations competing in the 16th FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships.
"The two swimming pools of the city, the indoor swimming pool 'Vasilis Polymeros' of New Ionia and the open air swimming pool 'Iason Zirganos' of Volos, are host to the best young athletes of water polo" said Panos Tr. Skotiniotis the Mayor of Volos. "These young men will offer a spectacular show to the sportsmanship spectators from Volos and from the whole region of Thessaly. It’s indisputable, that both of the sports centers will be full of spectators on the occasion of the distinction of the Greek national team."
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