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.

WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 6: USA wins in Auckland (NZL)

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auckland6United States of America needed a penalty shootout to beat Australia  for the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament title at West Waves Aquatic Centre today In Auckland (NZL).

Australia pulled back a goal in the last 10 seconds for an 8-8 finish at fulltime to force the shootout, but missed twice while USA scored all four attempts. In the bronze-medal match, Canada came from three goals behind to beat China 9-7 in what was an enthralling encounter.



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WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 5: Australia-USA final; fifth berth up for grabs

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auckland5Australia will play eight-time FINA World League champion United States of America for the gold medal at the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament at West Waves Aquatic Centre on Sunday. The Aussie Stingers won through with a comfortable 13-6 margin over China but USA turned from 7-4 ahead at halftime to shrug off a determined Canada 11-9.

China, the 2013 World League champion, will play for bronze with Canada. It is irrelevant in the overall scheme of things as all four teams have qualified for the Super Final in Shanghai next month.



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WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 4: Top four emerge in Auckland (NZL)

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auckland4Four teams have qualified for the FINA World League Super Final in Shanghai (CHN) next month, winning their quarterfinals on day four of the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament at West Waves Aquatic Centre today.

Canada beat Kazakhstan 11-3, reigning World League champion United States of America dropped Japan 17-0, Australia had by far the better of Brazil 17-4 and China came from behind to defeat New Zealand 14-6.




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WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn,. Day 3: Australia and USA top groups heading into quarterfinals

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auckland3Australia and United States of America won their groups on the third day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament at West Waves Aquatic Centre in Auckland (NZL).

In Group A, China needed sudden-death in the penalty shootout to beat Brazil 15-14. It was Brazil’s second successive penalty shootout loss, having earned a chance with a 9-9 equalising goal inside the final two minutes. The win was good enough for second place in the group for China.

United States of America, eight times a winner of the Super Final, breezed home against Kazakhstan in a week where cruisy matches are the exception. The 15-6 scoreline not only showed how well the USA has improved since day one, but also how well Kazakhstan responded to the lift in playing quality. Both teams said, however, that they had plenty of room to improve.


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WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 2: Defending champ USA bursts the floodgates against China

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auckland2Reigning champion United States of America overcame 2013 champion China 8-2 on the second day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament at West Wave Aquatic Centre in Auckland (NZL).

In the Group A match, USA needed a six-goal burst in the final six minutes to break a 2-2 deadlock that had the multiple champion team scoreless for the previous 20 minutes of play. It also meant a second straight win. Brazil and Kazakhstan battled hard in their encounter with Brazil coming back to level the match five times for 8-8 at fulltime, only to lose the shootout 12-11 to a joyful Kazakhstan.



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WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 1: World’s best teams succeed on opening

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Auckland1There was plenty of action on the opening day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament at West Wave Aquatic Centre in Auckland (NZL). All teams looked unsettled to start with, bringing youngsters and inexperienced players alike, looking for more settled teams as the week progresses.

In Group A, reigning World League, Olympic and world champion USA turned tied first and second quarters against Brazil into an 8-3 third-break margin before closing at 9-4. And the more experienced Canada put away host New Zealand 15-7.



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WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 6: Australia, Brazil, USA go 1-2-3

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wpausEven without its head coach, Australia took gold over Brazil, 9-6, in the final day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Intercontinental Tournament in Newport Beach, California. Elvis Fatovic was ejected one night earlier in the semifinal shootout against the US, but the Aussie defense was unstoppable on Saturday and stymied a thrilling fourth-quarter rally from the 2016 Olympic host.

In the earlier matches, the US trounced China for the bronze medal, 19-7. Japan defeated Kazakhstan, 15-12, for fifth place by building a comfortable lead early in the game. And Canada routed Argentina, 18-5, to earn seventh place in an epic mismatch that no one had expected to see at the end of group play.


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WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 5: Australia wins shootout, will face Brazil in final

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WPjpnDay 5 at the FINA WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tournament in Newport Beach, California, was riveting, tension-filled – perhaps even ulcer-inducing – because three of the four games (including both semifinals) were tied late in the fourth quarter. 

One went to a shootout. (Australia beat the US, 17-16, on the final save to advance to the championship game.) Another came down to the last second. (Japan beat Canada, 11-10, when Keigo Okawa whipped in a time-expiring goal that rendered the Canadian coach speechless and his players distraught.) And another saw a rookie mistake lead to a game-winning penalty shot in the final 1:10 (as Brazil beat China 14-12 to advance to Saturday’s final).


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WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 4: Brazil, USA, China, Australia make Semis

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WP coronaA major upset came early as eight teams battled for semifinal berths on Day 4 of the FINA Men’s World League Intercontinental tournament in Newport Beach, California.

In what should have been a lopsided quarterfinal between China (who hadn’t won a game) and Canada (who hadn’t lost one), China took a massive 6-1 lead in the first period and defeated the North Americans, 11-10. The upset not only set up China’s semifinal meeting with Brazil (who beat Japan 11-8), but it also gave China automatic entry into the FINA World League Super Final in Italy in late June.



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WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 3: Group play ends, quarterfinals set

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Wp genDay 3 at the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Intercontinental Tournament in Newport Beach, California, was crucial because it set up Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Although the tournament concludes on Saturday, the teams that win on Thursday will automatically advance to the FINA World League Super Final in Bergamo, Italy, from June 23-28.

In Group A, Canada earned the top ranking with a 20-10 victory over Japan to remain undefeated. The US ranked No. 2 after beating Argentina, 19-8, in group play despite a tight first period. That left Japan ranked third with one victory and two losses. Argentina, in fourth, had three losses.



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