FINA Water Polo World League
Since 2002, the world’s best water polo national teams meet each year and compete against one another in the sport’s first global league.
From 2014 on, the competition formula comprises two preliminary tournaments: one in Europe with a series of “home and away” games and an Intercontinental Tournament with the participation of teams from Africa, Americas, Asia and Oceania.
A Super Final for both the men’s and women’s league is organised with the eight qualifying teams of the preliminaries. A total prize money of US$ 540'000 (men) and US$ 465'000 (women) is distributed.
After thrilling Super Finals in Kunshan (CHN) and Dubai (UAE), the 2015 editions will be held in Bergamo (ITA) from June 23-28 for the men's and June 9-14 in Shanghai (CHN) for the women's.
Super Final 2013 (Women): China-Russia Super Final gold-medal clash
BEIJING, China (June 5) - China will play Russia for gold on day 6 of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Water Cube in Beijing on Thursday. China thrilled a huge crowd with a 9-7 victory over Olympic champion United States of America in the first semifinal and Russia outlasted Hungary 12-9 in the other.
Remarkably, such is the closeness and competitiveness of this tournament that Russia was winless after the three days of group matches and China, despite two victories, only finished third in its group.
Super Final 2013 (Women): Host China to play USA and Hungary against Russia in World League semifinals
BEIJING, China (June 4) - Host China will play Olympic and reigning FINA World League champion United States of America in one semifinal on day five of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Water Cube in Beijing tomorrow. Hungary will play Russia in the other semifinal.
Russia beat Olympic silver medallist Spain 11-9 in what was a controversial final 14 seconds when a penalty was awarded against Spain in what was seen as possible referee error. Hungary beat Olympic bronze medallist Australia 17-16 in a penalty shootout after the game was tied at 13-13 in regular time. It reversed what Australia did to Hungary in the bronze-medal finals of the last two Olympic Games by winning in penalties in 2008 and in extra time in 2012.
Super Final 2013 (Women): Spain and USA top groups in Beijing Super Final
BEIJING, China (June 3) - Olympic champion United States of America and Spain topped their groups after day three of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Water Cube in Beijing.
Spain went three wins in regular time in Group B while USA had two wins and a loss in penalty shootout to win Group A. For USA, that first-day loss on penalties to China was enough to head off Hungary (two regular-time wins) and China with one regular win and the victory on penalties, which attracts only two points as opposed to the normal three. Russia, with three losses, was fourth.
Super Final 2013 (Women): Euro teams prove their worth on day two
BEIJING, China (June 2) - European teams Spain, Hungary and Italy had one-goal victories on day two of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Water Cube in Beijing. It was the second day that three games went to the wire, but there were no penalty shootouts, although the last game of the night came within three seconds of doing so.
In Group A, after Olympic champion United States of America sent off Russia 13-9, Hungary had to come from behind to beat China 14-13 with a 5-3 final quarter. Gabriella SZUCS scored the winning goal 16 seconds from time. It was Hungary’s second win in regulation time while for the USA it was the first, having lost to China on penalties the night before.
Super Final 2013 (Women): Olympic champion USA loses in penalty shootout to host China
BEIJING, China (June 1) - Olympic champion United States of America suffered a dramatic, sudden-death, penalty-shootout loss to host China on the opening day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Water Cube in Beijing. Featuring new players and some new coaches, the Super Final is an excellent chance for athletes to cement their positions ahead of the FINA World Championships in Barcelona next month.
The 3000-strong crowd in the revamped Water Cube main auditorium was treated to some spectacular water polo as the Chinese team went three goals up against the USA, only to see the multiple World League champion level the game at 9-9 by the end of the third quarter and then 10-10 just before full time to force the shootout.
WPWL 2013 - Women's and Men's Tournament Information
In the linked documents below you will find the proposed dates and the updated “Rules and Regulations” including the financial conditions for participating in and organising these events as well as the participation form.
Should your National Federation wish to bid for the organisation of an event of the World League, please use the additional bidding form.
Super Final 2012 (Men): Croatia beats Spain to clinch first World League title
KAZAKHSTAN, Almaty (June 17) – Water polo at its prime: Croatia won a thrilling final against Spain in a penalty shootout; eleven rounds were needed to decide the title which finally went to Croatia, for the first time in World League history. Italy came third after a narrow win over USA, the hosts celebrated Kazakhstan‘s best ever placement in any FINA competition as they clinched the fifth position ahead of China, and the Australians found some consolation in their victory against Brazil.
The final day’s action was attended by FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione and Dariga Nazarbayeva, Chairperson of the Social and Development Committee of the Kazakh Parliament, daughter of the country’s President, Nursultan Nazarbayev. The FINA President and Mrs Nazarbayeva presented the gold medals to the victorious Croatian players at the end of the event which was very well organised, thanks to the tremendous efforts by the Kazakh Swimming Federation.
Super Final 2012 (Men): Spain upsets Italy, meets Croatia in final
KAZAKHSTAN, Almaty (June 16) – World champion Italy couldn’t make it to the final this time: they were pushed aside by Mediterranean arch rivals Spain in a game decided by the penalties. The other semi final saw Croatia coming from behind to beat the U.S., thanks to Sandro Sukno’s hat-trick in the fourth period. For the lower places Kazakhstan scored a bit surprising win over Australia, while China took the upper hand in the last quarter against Brazil.
Super Final 2012 (Men): Croatia, Italy, Spain and USA advance to semis
In the pool, only one game offered the usual excitement: the Australians challenged the Americans towards the end of the game, but the USA proved too strong. Italy and Spain both scored a rather easy victory and will face each other in the semis. Croatia had some tough moments in the first half against the hosts, but the third period was decisive – their semi final against the USA will be a mouthwatering encounter, too.
Super Final 2012 (Men): Italy and Croatia top respective groups
KAZAKHSTAN, Almaty (June 14) – The last day of the group stage was opened by a scoring festival, courtesy of Croatia, then came three thrillers offering tremendous excitements – a great way to turn into the knock-out phase. Besides Croatia, Italy clinched the top spot of their respective group after a nailbiter against the U.S. – the Americans settled for the second place here –, Spain came second in the other quartet after bouncing back from 1-4 against Australia. To the sorrow of hundreds, the locals lost their second consecutive penalty shootout, this time to China.
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