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 2010 (Women): USA in penalty-shootout win over Australia for fifth FINA World League crown

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The United States of America claimed a record-extending fifth women’s water polo FINA World League Super Finals crown at La Jolla, California today. It came at the expense of Australia, who suffered a second penalty-shootout defeat at the hand of the North Americans in four days. Last Tuesday it was a 15-14 loss but this evening it was a 12-11 affair in a tournament where eight of the 24 matches went to the penalty stripe.

Australia trailed 4-2 at halftime and 5-4 at the final break, drawing level at the top of the fourth and even leading 7-6 with two minutes remaining. As on Tuesday, Australia conceded a late goal to go to extra time.

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WPWL 2010 (Women): Perennial rivals face off in gold-medal game

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World champion and reigning World League champion United States of America will play World Cup champion Australia for gold at the women’s water polo FINA World League Super Finals at La Jolla, California tomorrow. The four-time champion North Americans put paid to Greece’s hopes of a second crown, winning 9-7 while Australia came back from 4-2 down at halftime and twice gave up three-goal leads to beat Russia 8-7. The USA beat Greece 11-9 in the rounds and went out to 5-1 by halftime but allowed Greeec to win the final quarter 4-2 in a confident showing that augurs well for the final. It meant the USA was in its sixth final in seven attempts. Australia has four medals from the Super Finals but has played just the one gold-medal game, losing to the USA in Montreal three years ago.

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WPWL 2010 (Women): Australia, Greece, Russia and USA advance to semifinals

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credit: Russell McKinnonAustralia will play 2008 champion Russia while four-times winner United States of America will clash with 2005 winner Greece in the semifinals of the women’s water polo FINA World League Super Finals at La Jolla, California tomorrow. The teams earned the honour after the quarter-final round on day four of the six-day event at the La Jolla High School aquatic complex. Amazingly, all semifinalists are from Group B. The Greeks earned the opening spot when they surrendered 6-1 and 10-4 leads to allow Hungary back into the game, forcing a penalty shootout with a 4-1 final quarter. The Hungarians struggled to convert, missing three times with the last miss from captain Rita DRAVUCZ skipping wide to give Greece victory. The World Cup champion Aussie Stingers earned the second berth with a solid effort against the Olympic champion Netherlands — 10-7 — in a game where goalkeeper Victoria BROWN dominated with 17 saves. Russia dragged down the third spot, defeating China 10-6 after earlier leading 4-1. The host nation USA won a tense encounter with close rival Canada — 7-4 —  especially as Canada led 3-0 after the first quarter. This is the seventh version of the women’s FINA World League with all six titles owned by three of the semifinalists.

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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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