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$ 345'000 (men) and US$ 202'500 (women) is distributed.

The women's Super Final is to be held in Kunshan (CHN) from June 10-15, 2014 while the men's Super Final is scheduled in Dubai (UAE) from June 16-21, 2014.



Men's World League 2014, Day 1: European powerhouses win and USA turns tables on Canada

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European superstars Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro won as expected on the opening day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex.

But it was the astounding victory by the United States of America over Canada that had most tongues wagging. Canada was going the way of the previous two matches and the last, but the Maple Leafs did not count on the determination of their southern neighbours. From 7-2 ahead in the third and 8-4 near the final break, Canada looked good. Then USA unleashed a barrage of goals that turned the match in its favour for an incredible 12-8. Canada grabbed one back in the final minute through penalty, but the damage had been done.

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Women's Super Final 2014, Day 6: USA clinches eighth World League crown

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Team USA won their eighth World League title, the fifth in the last six editions. They outpowered Italy in the final: the Setterosa took a 4-1 lead but the Americans scored seven goals in succession and that decided the outcome.

The third place went to Australia, the fifth bronze for them and the eighth World League medal overall. Defending champions China had to settle for the fourth place.

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Women's Super Final 2014, Day 5: USA and Italy to clash in the final

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The Olympic title-holder and the reigning European champions will have a showdown in the final as in the semis Team USA thrashed the Australians in less than 10 minutes while Italy played really smart in the second half and beat China again (after Day 1).

For the lower placements, Spain crushed Russia while Canada defeated Brazil despite hitting the posts almost 20 times.

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Women's Super Final 2014, Day 4: Host China knocks out the World champions

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Apart from the game between the US and Brazil, the other three quarters were all decided by a single goal. Australia won a really tough physical game against Canada, Italy managed to beat the Russians in a tremendous battle while China upended the World title-holder Spanish team, thanks to a magnificent individual effort of Sun Yating, the centre-forward netted three action goals to keep the hosts’ hope for retaining their title alive.

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Women's Super Final 2014, Day 3: USA and Italy emerged as group-winners

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The United States and Italy won the respective groups after offering great performances on the third day. Italy came up with an amazing finish against Australia, a 4-0 rush in the last 2:13 minutes – the winner came at 0:04 – gave them a well-deserved win. In the battle of the champions the Olympic title-holder, Team USA, upended the World champion Spaniards, shutting them out in the second half.

Canada and Russia produced a flood of goals with the North Americans prevailing and China won their first match in Kunshan, much to the joy of the home crowd.

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