World Youth Water Polo Championships

2016 INFO:
Women's: December 12-18, 2016 in Auckland (NZL)
Men's: to be confirmed


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). The event gathers 16 to 20 teams, about 200 players, from the strongest and rising nations in the sport.

The second edition of the FINA World Men's Youth Water Polo Championships (18 & U) was held in Istanbul (TUR) from August 2-10, 2014. The women's Championships will take place in Madrid (ESP) from August 25-31, 2014.


Youth Water Polo (W), Day 2: USA, Greece, Spain and Canada rule in their groups

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USA, Greece, Spain and Canada are the leaders in their respective groups after the second day of the preliminary stage at the pool of the Swimming Centre M-86 in Madrid, Spain. In Group A, USA secured the first place after defeating South Africa with a 4-20 score. In the second game, Hungary found no rival in Germany, which was beaten with a 22-3 score. The South Africans wait for them in the final match.

Meanwhile, in Group B, the leader is Greece thanks to the better goal average compared to Italy after the victory against Brazil with a 4-22 score, with Vasiliki and Eleftheria as the top scorers. Italy had more problems with Japan, but dispelled their doubts with a 5-1 partial score in the last quarter, the final score after the match being 13-9.

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Youth Water Polo (W), Day 1: USA, Japan, Russia and Spain win first games

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USA, Japan, Russia and Spain are the first leaders of the group of the FINA World Women’s Water Polo Youth Championships that have begun this morning at the pool of the Swimming Center M-86 in Madrid, Spain. The USA team beat Hungary with a surprising score (14-9), and they are leaders of the group A, together with South Africa, which has defeated Germany (7-5).

United States showed an excellent physical condition in its match against the Hungarian team, with Fisher and Rane as the main scorers. In the group's other match, South Africa faced pressure from Germany in a more even game.


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Youth Water Polo (M), Day 9: Hungary clinches the title on the day of thrillers

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Emotional medal ceremony for the Hungarian winners - credit: Alexander Kothe/waterpoloworld.comThe final day brought a series of thrillers as three of the four contests were decided by penalties, including the final which saw the Hungarian team winning the shootout against Spain. Interestingly, both sides remained unbeaten if we consider the regular time of the matches played in the tournament but the Magyars were a bit luckier at the end – or rather Spain ran out of luck as they also won their quarter final and semi final in the shootout.

The bronze went to the Russians who upended the Serbs by shooting the penalties better. In fact the tournament was incredibly balanced, besides the Hungarians and the Spaniards, the Serbs, fourth, and the Montenegrins, fifth placed, didn’t lose a game in the regular time either but they missed a couple of crucial attempts in the shootouts and had to leave Istanbul empty-handed.

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Youth WP 2014 (M), Day 8: Hungary faces Spain in the final

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The two semi finals brought tremendous excitements – and altogether 18 goals in regular time. The defences did a magnificent job and it was the goalkeepers who made the difference. Hungary’s Soma Vogel came up with an unbelievable saving percentage (82%) which was the key of the Magyars’ 5-3 win over Russia.

In the other semis the Spaniards upset the Serbs, after finishing 5-5 in 32 minutes they won in the penalty shootout which saw their goalie, Miquel Linares catching the last two Serbian attempts. This means that Hungary and Spain will play for the gold medal on Sunday – it’s going to be huge as they already clashed in the prelims and finished 6-6.

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Youth WP 2014 (M), Day 7: Hungary faces Russia, Spain to clash with Serbia in the semis

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The first two quarter finals produced high drama as Spain ousted Montenegro in the penalty shootout then Russia did the same with Croatia.

The other two quarter finals lacked similar excitements – in fact they were rather one-sided battles as the Serbs thrashed Italy and Hungary upended host Turkey. The games for the lower places also produced thrillers as a series of winning goals came in the dying seconds.

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Youth WP 2014 (M), Day 6: Europe prevails in the rain

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All four European teams downed their respective rivals from the other continents in the 'upper house' of the qualification round in Istanbul on Day 6 of the competition so from the quarter finals only representatives of the 'Old Continent' can have a shot at the podium.

Spain, Croatia and Italy advanced with ease – though the Spanish game was moved to an indoor pool because of the heavy rain hitting the outdoor venue – while the Turks almost blew a win against Japan: they led 8-1 after the first period but the Japanese managed to level the score in the last period. Still, the hosts could net the game winner in the last minute.

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Youth WP 2014 (M), Day 5: Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia and Russia reach quarter finals

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SRB vs CRO - credit: Turkish Water PoloFour teams have already booked their places in the quarter finals as they finished first in their respective groups at the 2nd FINA World Men's Youth Water Polo Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

Spain couldn’t better their goal difference enough to pass Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro both finished with a clean sheet winning 4 out of 4 in the prelims and the unbeaten Russians reached the best eight on the express lane.

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Youth WP 2014 (M), Day 4: Serbia upend Croatia, Hungary force last-grasp tie against Spain

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SRB - credit: Turkish Water PoloIn the two big games of Day 4 of the FINA World Men's Youth Water Polo Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, Serbia won a thrilling match against Croatia by scoring the last two goals of the match after 9-9. Hungary broke an almost 19-minute silence and scored twice in the last minute against Spain to force a draw.

And finally, the match featuring Brazil and Turkey brought a 35-goal epic: the hosts won 16-19, making history as the clash saw the most goals ever scored in a single game in regular time in the junior Worlds’ history!

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Perth 2012, Day 9 (Men): Italy world champion after rugged gold-medal final

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Winning ITA - credit: Anthony PearseDecember 9, 2012 PERTH - Italy beat Hungary 10-8 in a spiteful men’s gold-medal match at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Perth’s Challenge Stadium today. The game erupted into minor violence with 39 major fouls awarded and depleted benches at either end of the pool. About 1200 people witnessed excitement beyond their dreams and stayed for the medal ceremonies and watch the Italian men’s team jump into the water with their track tops and medals around their necks.

Serbia came from behind with two big Ognjen Stojanovic shots to defeat pre-tournament favourite Croatia 8-7 for the bronze medal. In the clash for fifth and sixth, Greece emerged, as expected, with an untroubled 14-5 decision over Romania. The Romanians had just played two hard matches in a row and could not produce anything of note in the second half where Greece led 7-4. Australia proved to be the best team outside Europe, leading 3-0 against the United States of America, winning 5-4 after needing two go-ahead goals in fourth quarter of the classification for seventh. It was Australia’s fifth win of a hectic week.

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Perth 2012, Day 8 (Women): Greece youngsters join Greece women on top of the world

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HUN vs GRE - credit: Anthony PearseDecember 9, 2012 PERTH - Greece’s youngsters played like true champions as they tore the heart out of their Hungarian rivals with a spell-binding 9-5 women’s gold-medal victory on Sunday, played in front of 1100 fans. It was the culmination of the women’s programme at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships in Perth’s Challenge Stadium. Competing in a pool that has seen its fair share of FINA water polo medals awarded, the Greeks were forceful in all facets of the game and were not backward in coming forward when it came to taking lower-percentage shots at goal. Some came off, others didn’t.

Russia took home the bronze medal with a come-from-behind victory over United States of America. Russia won this age group world championship in 2009 and impressed here but has to settle for bronze. The matches were played between the men’s bronze-medal and gold-medal matches in the main pool. Russia’s Elvina Karimova was named most valuable player and Greece’s Chrysoula Diamantopoulou the best goalkeeper.

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