World Cup 2022: A tournament distorted by the formula, organization and impositions of the FIVB

CopyAMP code

LUBIANA (Slovenia) – The 2022 World Cup will be remembered not only for its brevity but also for some organizational extravagances not considered by the FIVB when respecting sporting values.

UKRAINE N ° 1 – After removing the organization of the world championship tournament from Russia for international sanctions that refer to the invasion of Ukraine and canceling the Moscow national team from Pool A in which it was seeded number 1 as organizing country with Serbia, Tunisia and Puerto Rico, the FIVB has fished out as 24th team the first of the unqualified FIVB Ranking, Ukraine.
A necessary act, in compliance with the values ​​of the ranking, to reintegrate the number of participants. Here the first problem arises, however, that is, the inclusion of the Kiev national team is not carried out considering the right value of the team, therefore redesigning the Pools previously elaborated between draws and “serpentines”, but simply included in the games as a new seed number 1 of the World Cup (despite being over the 20th place in the international ranking) thus distorting the technical value of the first Pool, with a big one (Serbia) and three nationals in the second / third bracket.

WORKOUTS – Once the new tournament formula has been defined, distributed unevenly in two countries (2 Pools in Poland in Katowice, 4 in Slovenia in Ljubljana) other differences of treatment for the various national teams. In Katowice with only 2 matches a day at the Spodek Arena in the afternoon, with the possibility of the teams to train in the morning on the playing field; in Ljubljana, with four matches a day distributed between morning, afternoon and evening, the teams were unable to train on the playing field – always occupied by official matches – except on the eve of the tournament (an hour or so per team).

TIMETABLES AND CALCULATIONS – The distribution on only two locations of 6 pools made it impossible for the teams to have a balanced path. When a team playing last can choose its path by evaluating whether to face an opponent in the second phase or another only by giving a set to the opponent, it means that the formula is not exactly correct. You don’t learn from the past when Brazil-Bulgaria in the 2010 World Cup, the same Brazil with the USA in Athens 2004, “didn’t play” to choose. Last night Italy preferred not to make calculations and take the field to win 3-0. A lost set would have led her to play in Poland against a troubled Argentina, avoiding a possible clash with France in the quarters, after the challenge with the unpredictable Cuba in the Round of 16. Go ahead with your head held high, however it goes. With his head down, the creator of the formula that in addition to inducing the teams to make possible choices, has ensured that a match like Poland-USA can be repeated after the Pool also in the quarters.

POLAND AND SLOVENIA N.1 & N. 2. – Leaving aside that every match brings points to the FIVB ranking which in a year will compete decisively in the race for the Olympics, decide at the table that the two home teams have the advantage of being arbitrarily seeded number 1 and 2 to be sure of being able to place them in each one respectively in one’s own home has generated a situation that distorts the tournament purely in terms of the values ​​expressed on the field with also a further difference in treatment. Ukraine is forced to move from Poland to Slovenia for the playoffs, while from Ljubljana they fly to Gliwice, in Poland Turkey, Argentina, Brazil and Iran. All the others remain in their previous locations.

HOW THE WORLD CHANGE – Italy and Serbia on the field had won the right to seed number 1 and 2 which, in a nutshell, would have put them against 16th (Tunisia) and 15th (Germany). Poland had qualified third, Slovenia – also cause a knockout, as seventh.

.

THE BOARD WITH THE CLASSIFICONE… FIVB
1st Poland – host (3v (9p, qs 9, qp 1.319) – Pool C1)
2nd Slovenia – host (2v (7p, qs 2.666, qp 1.097) – Pool D2)
3rd Italy 3v (9pt, qs MAX, qp 1.439) – Pool E1
4th Serbia 3v (9pt, qs MAX, qp 1.245) – Pool A1
5th Brazil 3v (8pt, qs 4,500, qp 1,220) – Pool B1
6th France 3v (8pt, qs 4,500, qp 1,128) – Pool D1
7th Holland 3v (8pt, qs 3,000, qp 1,144) – Pool F1
8th United States 2v (6pt, qs 2.333, qp 1.102) – Pool C2
9th Turkey 2v (6pt, qs 2,000, qp 1,129) – Pool E2
10th Ukraine 2v (6pt, qs 1,500, qp 1,131) – Pool A2
11th Japan 2v (6pt, qs 1,500, qp 1,102) – Pool B2
12th Iran 2v (5pt, qs 1.166, qp 1.036) – Pool F2
13th Argentina 1v (4pt, qs 0.875, qp 1.011) – Pool F3
14th Cuba 1v (4pt, qs 0.857, 0.930) – Pool B3
15th Germany 1v (3pt, qs 0.500, qp 0.962) – Pool D3
16th Tunisia 1v (3pt, qs 0.500, qp 0.900) – Pool A3

CopyAMP code

EIGHTH FINAL FIVB
In Gliwice
1 Poland – 16 Tunisia
8 United States – 9 Turkey
4 Serbia – 13 Argentina
5 Brazil – 12 Iran
In Ljubljana
2 Slovenia – 15 Germany
3 Italy -14 Cuba
6 France – 11 Japan
7 Holland – 10 Ukraine

THE RANKING BASED ON SPORTS RESULTS
1st Italy 3v (9pt, qs MAX, qp 1.439) – Pool E1
2nd Serbia 3v (9pt, qs MAX, qp 1.245) – Pool A1
3rd Poland (3v (9p, qs 9, qp 1.319) – Pool C1

4th Brazil 3v (8pt, qs 4,500, qp 1,220) – Pool B1
5th France 3v (8pt, qs 4,500, qp 1,128) – Pool D1

6th Holland 3v (8pt, qs 3,000, qp 1,144) – Pool F1
7th Slovenia (2v (7p, qs 2.666, qp 1.097) – Pool D2
8th United States 2v (6pt, qs 2.333, qp 1.102) – Pool C2
9th Turkey 2v (6pt, qs 2,000, qp 1,129) – Pool E2
10th Ukraine 2v (6pt, qs 1,500, qp 1,131) – Pool A2
11th Japan 2v (6pt, qs 1,500, qp 1,102) – Pool B2
12th Iran 2v (5pt, qs 1.166, qp 1.036) – Pool F2
13th Argentina 1v (4pt, qs 0.875, qp 1.011) – Pool F3
14th Cuba 1v (4pt, qs 0.857, 0.930) – Pool B3
15th Germany 1v (3pt, qs 0.500, qp 0.962) – Pool D3
16th Tunisia 1v (3pt, qs 0.500, qp 0.900) – Pool A3

EIGHTH SPORTS FINALS
In Gliwice
1 Italy – 16 Tunisia
8 United States – 9 Turkey
4 Brazil – 13 Argentina
5 France – 12 Iran
In Ljubljana
2 Serbia – 15 Germany
3 Poland -14 Cuba
6 Holland – 11 Japan
7 Slovenia – 10 Ukraine

The article is in Italian

Tags: World Cup tournament distorted formula organization impositions FIVB

PREV “My body no longer allows me to play as I would like”
NEXT new videos are popping up on social media