The world's largest and most prestigious volleyball event is preceded by a full year of continental qualifying rounds that concluded on March 1st for the Men, and on March 14th for the Women.
Of the original 50 teams that entered, 16 won the coveted ticket to compete in the finals in Japan.
Four pools of four teams.
Of the original 60 teams that entered, 24 won the coveted ticket to compete in the finals in Japan.
Six pools of four teams.