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.

WPWL 2010 (Women): World No1 USA and No2 Canada to battle for Super Finals semifinal berth

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credit: Russell McKinnonThe top two teams from the Rome FINA World Championships will play in the quarter-finals of the women’s water polo FINA World League Super Finals at La Jolla, California, tomorrow. The world champion United States of America will play Canada, meaning one team won’t be in the medal hunt. Following three penalty-shootout matches the day before, it was all straight forward at the La Jolla Senior High School pool. The only upset was Hungary’s 11-7 demolition of Group A winner China. Olympic champion Netherlands downed world championship silver medallist Canada 12-9 for third spot in the Group A In Group B, Australia took its time to beat Greece 7-5 for seven points but had to wait until the last preliminary-round match to see whether world champion USA would claim the group. This it did by defeating Russia 12-9. The other quarter-finals also see some interesting match-ups with the Netherlands taking on World Cup champion Australia, China facing Russia and Hungary fronting up to Greece.

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WPWL 2010 (Women): Penalty shootouts dominate second day of Super Finals

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credit: Russell McKinnonAn amazing three penalty shootouts occurred on the second day of the women’s water polo FINA World League Super Finals at La Jolla, California today. Firstly, Greece and Russia provided some spark on a cold, gloomy day with an exciting final quarter in which nine goals were scored, forcing a penalty shootout. Greece came through 4-2 in the rotation and a 17-15 margin after the game was locked at 13-13. The points rules give just two points for a shootout win and a lone point to the losing team. The second shootout went one further when it was won in sudden-death penalty shootout. Hungary gave up a four-goal lead early to see the Olympic champion Netherlands come back to 8-all before going to the penalty line.

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WPWL 2010 (Women): China upsets on opening day of Super Finals

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credit: Russell McKinnonChina scored a big upset on the opening day of the women's water polo FINA World League Super Finals at La Jolla, California today. China turned over Olympic champion the Netherlands 7-5 in what is being touted as the strongest women¹s competition of the year. Featuring the top eight teams in the world, the week promises to provide plenty of action as day one showed. China's return from a disappointing 2009 proves that Spanish coach Juan Jane's influence is beginning to reap benefits. World No 2 Canada is working toward a peak for the FINA World Cup in Christchurch, New Zealand in August while the European teams have the European Championships to contend with.

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WPWL 2010 (Women): Greece and Russia take the lead in Europe’s groups

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Greece and Russia are the provisional leaders of the European groups of the 2010 FINA Women’s Water Polo World League, after the first round of the preliminaries, held in Athens (GRE) and Budapest (HUN), from June 9-13. In the Hellenic capital, the home team totalled four wins out of four matches played and finished the tournament with 11 points (one of the triumphs, against Spain, was by penalty shootout). The Netherlands are second with three victories and one loss, while Spain finished this round with two triumphs and two defeats. France had a 1-3 outcome, while South Africa is the last of the group, only with losses. These same teams will now travel to Nancy (FRA), where the second preliminary round of the group will be organised from June 16-20. The first two ranked teams of the group will be qualified for the Super Final of the competition.

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WPWL 2010 Men & Women: Australia and China, the best in the Asia/Oceania groups

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The teams of Australia and China qualified for the Super Finals of the 2010 FINA Men’s and Women’s Water Polo World Leagues, after finishing first of the Asia/Oceania qualification group.

In the men’s field, there were two preliminary rounds, the first being held in Osaka (JPN), from May 19-23, and the second in Tianjin (CHN), from May 26-30. After the 10 games for each of the six participating teams – Australia, China, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan and New Zealand – the Australians got 10 triumphs (and 30 points), while China finished with two losses (precisely against Australia) and eight wins (24 points). Kazakhstan and Japan both finished with 15 points (five victories, five defeats), while New Zealand only secured two triumphs and Iran lost all its games.

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