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.



Super Final 2011 (Women): USA impressive in 8-5 win over China

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USA vs CHN - credit: Russell McKinnonTIANJIN, China (June 15) - Reigning champion United States of America looked impressive against world No 3 China on day-two action at the FINA Women’s World League Super Final in Tianjin tonight. Playing in the impressive Tianjin Olympic Centre Swimming & Diving Pool in front of 700 people, USA took a 4-2 halftime lead to 8-3 against a jaded-looking China.

Chinese head coach Juan JANE GIRALT said the tournament was tough “with the best eight teams in the world here”. “To play up approximately with the USA and Australia we need to play normal. The solutions are technical. Perhaps I am not selling my ideas very well. We are not creating opportunities very well.”

For USA mastermind Adam KRIKORIAN it was a margin he did not expect. “To beat a team like that by four goals means it must have been an aberration (by them).” He was pleased with his defence — “the five-man defence and the half-court defence”. “Our goalkeeper (Tumuaialii ANAE) played well and I think we were a little too passive once ahead.

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WPWL 2011: Brand new stadium hosts Women’s Water Polo Super Final

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RUS vs CAN - credit: Russell McKinnonTIANJIN, China (June 14) - The pecking order for women’s water polo at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai next month is this week taking a turn in Tianjin, east of Beijing. The FINA Women’s Water Polo Super Final started at the fantastic, newly opened Tianjin Olympic Centre Swimming & Diving Pool today.

The complex, which can house up to 5000 spectators in this city of 13 million people, was opened just a month ago and is staging its first FINA event. The city previously held the 2006 FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup.

Making an impression on day one was host team China in what is the team’s hometown. World No 3 China thrilled a large crowd with a last-gasp 9-8 victory over Greece to take the early lead in Group A. The champion of the past two years, United States of America, closed out Italy 9-6 after being 2-1 down in the first quarter.

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WPWL 2011: Second-quarter blitz seals top spot in Asia-Oceania for Aussie Stingers women

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Sydney (May 19). With the qualifying over, all eyes are now on the FINA World League Super Finals next month. The final qualification matches were played at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre tonight with the big issue who was going to top the women's group of the Asia-Oceania zone.

A blistering 6-2 second quarter by the world No 2 Aussie Stingers proved devastating for the No 3 China with the Aussies finishing 9-7 ahead. Both teams went into the match equal on points and a 2-2 opening quarter was what was expected. However, the game secretary was kept busy as the Aussies shook off China at 3-3, swapped goals and then rattled in three unanswered goals in two minutes to close the half at 8-4. The dour, physical second half went China's way, keeping Australia scoreless in the final 2-0 quarter.

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WPWL 2011: China men book trip to Florence while New Zealanders hit top form

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Sydney (May 19). China men came through when necessary, beating Japan 8-6 to advance to the FINA World League Super Finals following fourth-night action in the second leg of the Asia-Oceania qualifying water polo event at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. And New Zealand came out to play as well with two excellent matches that kept the opposition apprehensive until the final quarters.

But China men, under pressure to join their female counterparts and qualify, were up against a Japanese team riding a high of top-class play and an easier final day against New Zealand compared to China’s opponent of unbeaten Australia.

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WPWL 2011: Australia men and women qualify for Super Finals, as does China women

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Sydney (May 18). Australia has qualified both its teams for the FINA World League Super Finals following third-night action in the second leg of the Asia-Oceania FINA World League water polo event at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.

China women are also in an unassailable position with two nights remaining but the real action is which of the two teams — China and Japan — will fill the second spot in the men’s competition in Florence, Italy next month?

Japan pushed the unbeaten Aussie Sharks to a 12-10 decision tonight but it was the earlier game that had people talking.

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