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Rio 2016 Volleyball Qualification

Want to know how the qualification process works for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics?  We break it down.

Volleyball Qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics

This tournament is guaranteed to be a spectacle, as volleyball powerhouse Brazil hosts the 2016 Olympics.  After hosting big events like the 2015 edition of World League and CSV Championships within the same calendar year, Brazil is hoping to make the argument that this Olympic games will be the best volleyball atmosphere in the history of the games.

We've created this page to help everyone understand the qualification process as well as identify which countries have qualified for Rio.

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Qualification Process

The 2016 Rio Olympics Volleyball tournament is a 12 team tournament.  Those 12 spots are available as follows:

  1. Host Country
  2. 2015 World Cup Winner
  3. 2015 World Cup Runner-Up
  4. European Olympic Qualification Tournament Winner
  5. South American Olympic Qualification Tournament Winner
  6. NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament Winner
  7. African Olympic Qualification Tournament Winner
  8. Best Asian Team Finish at World Olympic Qualification Tournament
  9. World Olympic Qualification Tournament Winner
  10. World Olympic Qualification Tournament Runner-Up
  11. World Olympic Qualification Tournament 3rd Place
  12. "Last Chance" Olympic Qualification Tournament Winner

Men's Volleyball Qualified Teams

USAUSA2015 World Cup Winner
ItalyItaly2015 World Cup Runner-Up
RussiaRussiaEuropean Qualifier
ArgentinaArgentinaSouth American Qualifier
CubaCubaNORCECA Qualifier
EgyptEgyptAfrican Qualifier
IranIranWorld Qualification (Asian Winner)
PolandPolandWorld Qualification (Winner)
FranceFranceWorld Qualification (Runner-Up)
CanadaCanadaWorld Qualification (3rd Place)
MexicoMexico"Last Chance" Qualification

Women's Volleyball Qualified Teams

ChinaChina2015 World Cup Winner
Serbia and MontenegroSerbia2015 World Cup Runner-Up
RussiaRussiaEuropean Qualifier
ArgentinaArgentinaSouth American Qualifier
USAUnited States of AmericaNORCECA Qualifier
CameroonCameroonAfrican Qualifier
JapanJapanWorld Qualification (Asia)
ItalyItalyWorld Qualification (Winner)
NetherlandsNetherlandsWorld Qualification (Runner-Up)
South KoreaSouth KoreaWorld Qualification (3rd Place)
Puerto RicoPuerto Rico"Last Chance" Qualification

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