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 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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WPWL Men's Intercontinental Tourn., Day 2: Canada and Australia stay undefeated; the U.S. and Brazil also win

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On Day 2 of the FINA Men’s Intercontinental Tournament in Newport Beach, California, Canada blew out Argentina, 15-6, to remain undefeated. Australia also beat Kazakhstan, 13-7, to maintain its perfect winning record in the competition.

Meanwhile, Brazil and the US earned their first victories. Brazil beat China, 12-9, and led from start to finish. China had 12 chances to score with a man advantage – and did so seven times – but it wasn’t enough to catch the 2016 Olympic host. The US also found its rhythm to beat Japan, 10-6 (after losing to Canada on Monday) – in a duel of opposing styles.



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WPWL Men's Intercontinental Tourn., Day 1: Australia, Kazakhstan, Japan, Canada win opening matches

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wpEight nations from three continents produced high drama in the opening night of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Intercontinental Tournament at Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach, California. With an average of 21 goals scored per game, and all four games sandwiched back to back (with a colourful yet concise Opening Ceremony after the third match) the action never seemed to ebb. 

The night began with the back-and-forth domination of Australia and Brazil (in a match that Australia ultimately won, 13-10) and ended when a young U.S. team barely fell to Canada 10-9. In between, Kazakhstan topped China 10-9, and Japan overtook Argentina 14-9.



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Men's World League 2014, Day 6: Serbia crushes Hungary for eighth World League crown

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Serbia made a eighth trip to the top of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final podium after defeating Hungary for the second straight year and in emphatic fashion. The Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai came alight as no-one left the stands until Serbia was well finished celebrating what was a fantastic championship in a year when the World League precedes the European Championships and the FINA World Cup.

Serbia was the class team and Filip Filipovic was the magic man with 17 incredible goals — goals that came when needed at the sharp end of the tournament. He was awarded the trophy for the most goals while his team-mate Gojko Pijetlovic was named best goalkeeper in a team where everyone contributed.

Dejan Savic was delighted to add to the medal tally, but still found fault with his players. “I think we won because we played very well in defence, but I’m a little disappointed with the final quarter because we lost three goals. I think that my guys thought they had already won. I hope it will be better for us, not like last year where we won the World League and got seventh at the World Championships. We hope to medal at the European Championships.”

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Men's World League 2014, Day 5: Serbia aiming for eighth title in final rematch with Hungary

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Serbia will be gunning for an incredible eighth crown when it takes on world champion Hungary in Saturday’s final of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Hamdan Sports Complex.

With a gold-medal berth, both teams have already won this week by claiming the two qualification berths for next year’s FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

The two teams clashed in last year’s final in Chelyabinsk, Russia with Serbia winning 12-7. Hungary won the last of its two consecutive World League crowns in 2004 when it beat Serbia & Montenegro in Long Beach, USA.

Serbia charged into the final with an impressive 12-5 score over Australia. The Aussie Sharks were no match for the stronger Serbians, especially Filip Filipovic, who scored four of the first five goals and added a fifth in the final quarter for a tournament-high 14 goals.

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Men's World League 2014, Day 4: Montenegro-Hungary and Australia-Serbia semifinals set

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Montenegro, Australia, Serbia and Hungary eased into the semifinals on quarterfinal day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex. Montenegro will face World champion Hungary and Australia will front reigning champion Serbia in Friday’s semifinals.

Montenegro opened the day’s proceedings with a stuttering 10-4 victory over an out-of-sorts United States of America. Mladan Janovic (MNE) provided the spark with four goals as his team only led 4-2 at halftime. Australia, beaten by Canada on day three and with just one victory in Dubai, defeated Brazil 14-7, a team that triumphed over the Aussie Sharks at the Intercontinental Tournament in Shanghai last month. Australia’s victory was constructed on five-goal hauls in the first and third periods.

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Men's World League 2014, Day 3: Hungary and Serbia finish rounds undefeated

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Hungary and Serbia won their groups on the third day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex. Hungary started the day’s proceedings with a 16-9 victory over the United States of America to clinch Group B unbeaten while in the second match, reigning champion Serbia — gunning for a record eighth title (including two as Serbia & Montenegro) — defeated Brazil 12-4 after a heavy morning’s training.

Montenegro, stung by a huge loss to Serbia on day two, rebounded with a hard-fought 9-8 score against China in the last round match to secure second spot in Group A. China stood up and could leave the arena with pride.

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Men's World League 2014, Day 2: Montenegro scoreless for 21 minutes against rampant Serbia

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Serbia produced an inspired and unexpected 14-5 rout of neighbour Montenegro on the second day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex. The crowd was stunned as Serbia shut out Montenegro for an amazing 21 minutes and took the foot off the accelerator in the final quarter, which was drawn 4-4.

True, Montenegro is without three superstars, who will be back in time for the European Championships next month, but still had no access to the goal in what was textbook defence by Serbia. It was a highlight match, despite the score. Dusan Mandic, the youngest player at the 2012 London Olympic Games, was on fire with five goals, netting in each of the four quarters.

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