FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships
FINA organises a men's and women's World Championships for young 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). Click here to be redirected on the Youth page.
The next editions of the FINA World Men's and Women's Junior Water Polo Championships (20 & U) will be held in 2015. The men's competition will take place in Almaty (KAZ) on September 4-12, 2015 (20 teams). The women's tournament will be held in Volos (GRE) on August 17-23, 2015.
WP Juniors (W), Day 3: Greece, USA, Australia and Russia assure presence in the quarterfinals
Volos (Greece), 21 August – In another exciting day in Volos, home country Greece achieved the greatest win among the seven matches on the programme, sealing its presence in the quarterfinals. A very celebrated outcome after a dramatic end of the match against Canada, and a decisive goal in the last second! USA, Australia and Russia also assured their qualification for the quarterfinals, after getting their third victories in the tournament.
WP Juniors (W), Day 2: USA, Russia and Australia lead after second win
Volos (Greece), 20 August - In a very exciting day in Volos, all the seven games were really interesting with many beautiful goals, turnovers, unexpected results and the first draw. The match of this second day was the last one, with Greece celebrating a crucial victory against Spain in front of the Hellenic supporters. Another highlight was the second victory of the USA in the tournament (this time against Italy), making the North Americans a strong contender for the quarterfinals. Russia and Australia also assured their second win in Volos.
WP Juniors (W), Day 1: No surprises in the initial day in Volos
WP Juniors (M), Day 7: Mission completed, Italy crowned as world champion
Szombathely (Hungary), 18 August – The Italian team completed its mission: after earning this age-group’s U18 world title and the U19 European triumph they added the U20 world crown to their tally. They proved their tactical and physical superiority against Croatia as well.
Serbia clinched the bronze medal by winning a great game against the hosts Hungarians.
WP Juniors (M), Day 6: Italy faces off Croatia in the final
Szombathely (Hungary), 17 August – Just as in last year, at the Olympic Games, Italy meets Croatia in the final. Now the two nations’ best juniors clash for the U20 world title. So far, these youngsters are just dreaming of playing at the Olympics, but they have definitely taken the first steps towards the highest level. In the semis, Italy won a tough defensive game against Serbia while Croatia’s huge blasts sank Hungary’s ship to the sadness of one and half thousand fans around the pool.
WP Juniors (M), Day 5: No surprise: Italy, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary reach the semis
SZOMBATHELY (Hungary), 16 August – Summer returned to the host city so everything was given to enjoy the very best of water polo: beautiful sunshine, a great outdoor pool in the green and packed stands around. The traditional powerhouses had all the answers for the challenges they faced in the quarters: the European giants didn’t leave the decision to the dying minutes against the teams from the other continents, Italy beat USA, Serbia kept Australia at bay and Croatia defeated Brazil. In the most thrilling match of the day Hungary managed to oust Spain.
WP Juniors (M), Day 4: Brazil creates surprise, Australia wins a thriller
SZOMBATHELY (Hungary), 15 August – Brazil created a surprise by reaching the quarter finals. Australia also got on board after scoring the decisive goal against Russia in the very last second. Team USA and the host Hungarians enjoyed an easy ride en route to the best eight.
WP Juniors (M), Day 3: Italy, Spain, Serbia and Croatia reach quarter finals
WP Juniors 2013 (M), Day 2: Hungary drew with Italy, scoring twice in last 45 seconds
SZOMBATHELY, Hungary (13 August) – Together with the dark clouds and gutsy winds, excitement also arrived to the venue, close to Hungary’s western border. Day 2 offered a series of twists and turns in almost every game. The highlight of the programme came last, Hungary earned a draw against Italy in a real thriller: the hosts came back from two goals down in the last 45 seconds!
WP Juniors 2013 (M), Day 1: Wearing the white caps, win guaranteed
SZOMBATHELY, Hungary (August 12) – The opening day didn’t bring too much excitement. Interestingly, all eight matches saw the teams in the white caps winning – in facts these eight sides are the favourites for the top two places in their respective groups at this FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships.
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