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): 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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WPWL 2010: USA and Canada qualified for Super Final

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The teams of USA and Canada assured their qualification for the Super Final of the 2010 FINA Women’s Water Polo World League, by finishing in the two first places of the Americas qualification group. After a double round of games in Mayaguez (PUR) on May 17-23, in which the teams of Canada, USA, Brazil and Puerto Rico took part, the Canadians concluded first, with five wins and one loss (15 points), while the USA was second also with five triumphs and one defeat (but with a worse goal average than the Canadians in the direct matches between the two nations). Puerto Rico was third (two victories), while Brazil was fourth, only with losses (six).

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FINA Men's Water Polo World League Super Final 2009: Edition # 8: A huge success

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Last year, from the Beijing Olympics we learned that the number eight is considered an auspicious number for the Chinese. This year, in Podgorica, we were taught that the number eight was also a lucky number with regard to the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League, the eighth edition of which concluded in the main city of Podgorica in the young and small Republic of Montenegro, on June 21, 2009.

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