World Youth Water Polo Championships
Women's: dates to be confirmed, AUCKLAND (NZL)
Men's: dates to be confirmed, BUDVA (MNE)
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 took place in Madrid (ESP) from August 25-31, 2014.
Youth Water Polo (W), Day 7: USA World champion, Canada and Hungary complete podium
USA was crowned World champion after defeating Canada in a tight 5-4 on the closing day of the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships at Madrid's swimming centre M-86. USA suffered a lot to defeat Canada, a very powerful team in defense during the whole championship. Even if the Canadians were always behind in the scoreboard with 2-goal differences (2-0 / 4-2), they managed to draw the match level in the final quarter, but a counterattack three minutes before the end by Aria Fischer left the score unchanged in 5-4.
In the very last minute, USA rushed to the final shot and Canada went desperately in search for the tie, but Matthews didn’t succeed and didn’t score the decisive goal. The American team played with time in their favour, and with just 24 seconds left, and their rival’s possession, managed to resist until they got a well-deserved gold medal.
Youth Water Polo (W), Day 6: USA faces Canada in the final match
USA and Canada will play on Sunday August 31 to win the world title after the sixth competition day at the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships 2014 in Madrid, Spain, taking place at the Swimming Centre M-86.
USA beat a very powerful Greece after penalties, finishing on a tie 9-9 after regular time. At the end, the score was 12-11, with Grab giving USA the qualification for the final with her decisive shot. Both teams, which have based their victories in these Championships on their defense, displayed an alternative-rich water polo, and theirs was the best match of the tournament so far.
Youth Water Polo (W), Day 5: USA-Greece and Canada-Hungary to clash in semifinals
USA-Greece and Canada-Hungary are the semifinals pairings after the fifth competition day of the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships 2014 in Madrid, Spain. USA, which remain unbeaten in this tournament, defeated the Netherlands in quarterfinals after a very even match (6-4). The American team will play for a place in the final against Greece, another favourite of the tournament, which edged the ever-looming Chinese team 10-5 on Friday August 29.
On the other side of the draw in search for the semifinals, Canada and Italy played another rather even match. With a 7-6 score, Axelle Crever scored the final goal one minute before the end. The final scoreboard reflected the Canadian victory by 8-6.
Youth Water Polo (W), Day 4: Host Spain to clash with Hungary in quarterfinals
Hungary-Spain, Italy-Canada, Netherlands-USA and China-Greece are the quarterfinals matches of the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships 2014 in Madrid, Spain which will be played on Friday after the fourth competition day, in which Spain, Canada, USA and Greece had rest in this round before the quarterfinals after finishing at the top of their respective groups.
Hungary defeated Japan with a 20-14 score after an overwhelming third quarter (7-2), and will be Spain’s rival in the quarterfinals next Friday at 8 pm. It will be a match in which the best attack (Hungary) will confront the best defense (Spain).
Youth Water Polo (W), Day 3: USA, Greece, Spain and Canada qualify for quarterfinals
The women's teams of USA, Greece, Spain and Canada lead their respective groups after the preliminary stage and have directly qualified for the quarterfinals after the end of the opening competition stage at the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships 2014, taking place in Madrid, Spain.
In Group A, the unbeaten American team confirmed their dominance, beating Germany in their third match with a 24-4 score. Hungary finished in second place after defeating South Africa with a 3-24 score. Hungarian captain, Greta Gurisatti, scored 7 goals.
Youth Water Polo (W), Day 2: USA, Greece, Spain and Canada rule in their groups
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.
Youth Water Polo (W), Day 1: USA, Japan, Russia and Spain win first games
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.
Youth Water Polo (M), Day 9: Hungary clinches the title on the day of thrillers
The 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.
Youth WP 2014 (M), Day 8: Hungary faces Spain in the final
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.
Youth WP 2014 (M), Day 7: Hungary faces Russia, Spain to clash with Serbia in the semis
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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