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.

Junior Women's WP Championships, Volos, Day 7: USA become the tournament winner

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United States of America was the triumphant team in the 11th World Women’s Junior Championship winning for the 4th time in their history the gold medal and the first place (in 5 finals). The team of Coralie Simons was amazing during the whole tournament and fairly achieved this great success.

Αs in 2013, USA beat Spain (13-10) in a game where the difference in quality was clear between the two teams. Spain deserved the silver medal as they were extremely stable throughout the whole Championship. Russia, who grabbed the third place (they defeated Canada) even if they were sluggish in the first game, proved that can be very competitive.

The MVP of the 11th World Women’s Junior Championship was Aria Fischer from the U.S. Τhe prize of the best goalkeeper was won by Amanda Longan from USA. First scores of the tournament were Anastasia Simanovich from Russia and Greece's Eleutheria Pleuritou scoring 29 goals.

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Junior Women's WP Championships, Volos, Day 6: USA and Spain in Final

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USA and Spain will be the pair of the final in the 11th World Women’s Junior Championship in Volos. As in 2013, in the same swimming pool, the two teams will fight again for the gold medal (two years ago USA had won 9-7). That will be the fifth final for USA, where they will battle for the fourth time for the gold. Spain will play for the third time in a final and this is the second time she will battle for the gold.

Τhe game will start at 20:00, as Canada and Russia will play for the bronze medal (18:30).

USA and Spain were better in the two semifinals, although Russia and Canada tried to overcome the difficulties. USA dominated Russia (13-11) and Spain beat Canada (11-9).

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Junior Women's WP Championships, Volos, Day 5

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Canada- Spain and Russia-USA are the couples of the semi finals of the World Women’s Junior Championship in Volos.

Spain celebrated the ticket to the semi finals, beating Hungary (12-9) in the first chronologically quarter final and will confront  The game, as predicted was very interesting but Spain was leading the score till the first period. Ιrene Gonzalez hit the target 5 times, so the team of Havier Perez grabbed the vital victory.

They will confront Canada who beat Greece, in front of many people who got to the swimming pool of Volos, in order to support their team.  Canada, due to his pertinence and the lack of concentration of the Greek players managed to take a lead in the second period (5-4). Afterwards, they team of David Paradello obtained a big difference (10-6), Greece tried to reduce it, but it was late.

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Junior Women's WP Championships, Volos, Day 4

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Russia, Canada, Brazil and Spain are the last four teams that took the tickets to the quarter finals of the World Women’s Junior Championship (Volos) in the games of day 4.

In the most important match, Spain beat Australia (11-9), leading the score from the beginning and playing enormously well in defence.

Brazil took a notorious qualification to the quarter finals, beating Japan (12-9) in a game where the Asians were competitive till the third period. Canada dominated Mexico, winning easily (20-3).

Russia beat easily New Zealand (18-10) and will fight for a place to the semi-finals.

Nederlands had no problem against Ukraine (30-4) and will play for the rankings 13-14, as Great Britain who obtained a victory against South Africa (10-4).

Ukraine and South Africa will battle for the places 15-16.

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Junior Women's WP Championships, Volos, Day 3

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Italy, USA, Greece and Hungary are the four teams that grabbed the direct tickets to the quarter finals of the World Women’s Junior Championship in Volos (GRE), after the end of the games in Groups (day 3).

In the most interesting match of Group D, USA achieved a vital win against Spain (17-16). Both teams were spectacular, in a game that USA used the two goalkeepers at the same time, in the last minutes, due to the fact that they didn’t have any players available (all of them have been expelled with 3 fouls).

In a stunning game, Italy beat Canada (11-10), took the first play in Group C and also secured direct ticket to the quarter finals. That was a great game, between two ambitious teams. In the other match of the group Australia beat Netherlands (13-9) and was third.

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Junior Women's WP Championships, Volos, Day 2

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Τhe most balanced group in the World Junior Women’s Championships is proved to be Group C, where four prosperous teams are fighting for the first place. Italy was the big winner of the games in the second day in Volos, beating Australia (8-7), whereas Nederlands and Canada reached a confident draw (15-15), with the spectacle to impress the people who watched the two games.

In Group A, Greece was the winner of the most important game, in a crucial victory against Russia (16-13) that will normally give to the host country directly one of the tickets to the quarter finals, if they beat Japan tomorrow afternoon (20:00 am). Τhe suspense was major for at least 3 periods in the game, but in the last one, Greece ameliorated their defense and celebrated the second win in the competition, in front of the citizens of Volos, that applauded the effort of the Greek team. In the other game, Japan beat Great Britain (22-8).

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Junior Women's WP Championships, Volos, Day 1

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The draw between Italy and the Nederlands (9-9) was the most noticeable result in the first day of the 11th World Women’s Junior Championship which was completed in Volos.

Italians was first leading (5-1) but then, the team of Nederlands managed to reduce the dispute and to balance it out afterwards, in Group C.

Canada obtained the most important victory against Australia (12-9),  whereas the result in group A, between Russia and Japan, in which the Asian team could have set in danger the win of Russia (23-20), was significant.

USA, Greece and Spain had a comfortable evening, beating Mexico, Great Britain and Ukraine with impressively high rates. Hungary took a comfortable victory over South Africa (18-3) in Group B and Brazil over New Zealand.

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WP Juniors (W), Day 7: USA takes gold after 9-7 win over Spain

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On the podium: USA, ESP and GRE - credit: NewSportsVolos (Greece), 25 August – The team of USA conquered the 2013 title at the FINA World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships in Volos (GRE), after beating in the decisive match of the tournament an inspired squad of Spain. The North Americans confirmed their favourite status and culminated a superb week with a fair win in the last game, by 9-7. As for the bronze, it went to home country Greece which took a close triumph against Russia. The best player of the tournament was Rachel Fattal (USA), while her teammate Ashleigh Johnson earned the prize of the best goalkeeper. As for the most goals (23) of the tournament, they were scored by Spain’s Roser Tarrago Aymerich.

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WP Juniors (W), Day 6: USA and Spain will meet in the final

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Volos (Greece), 24 August - USA and Spain are the two teams fighting for the world crown in Volos, after two very solid semifinals against Greece and Russia respectively. For the home country, remains the hope of a bronze medal, after a tournament in which they only fell to the North Americans. In other results of the day, Hungary and Italy, after their wins against Australia and Great Britain, will fight for a place in the best-5. Uzbekistan finished in 11th, while the Canadians got the 9th spot of the competition.

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WP Juniors (W), Day 5: Greece, USA, Spain and Russia, the quartet in the semis

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Volos (Greece) 23 August – Three great thrillers and an easy win for Greece marked the fifth day of the FINA World Women’s Junior Water Championships here in Volos. USA, Spain and Russia proceed, after quite undecided matches, to the semifinals (the host country is also in final-four) leaving out of contention Hungary, Australia and Italy respectively. Brazil finished its participation in 13th, while Canada and New Zealand will fight for the ninth place in the tournament.

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