Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022: Schedule, How to Watch, Tickets, Format

The biggest stage of the sport of Volleyball is upon us as the Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022 starts on the 26th of August. Here you will find all that you need to know about the 20th edition of the event organized by FIVB.

Volleyball Men’s World Championship is an international volleyball tournament participated by the absolute best national teams in the world. Since its inception in 1949, the event has been taking place quadrennially. 

The champion of the inaugural season was the Soviet Union. The predecessor state to Russia won six of the first ten world championships, which is a record to this day.  The defending champion is Poland as their national team won the 3rd championship title in the 2018 world championships edging out Brazil and the USA.

This year, following a rigorous process of qualification in 2021, all the leading nations except Russia have qualified for the Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022. Poland, being the defending champion automatically qualified for the event. 

Among the rest, 10 countries including Japan, Brazil, Italy, France, and six others have qualified by placing top 2 in the regional qualifiers. The rest 13 spots are filled by the countries ranked top 13 (excluding the qualified teams) in the world. Ukraine was given the spot of Russia based on its world ranking, after the latter’s suspension from the tournament.

Playing on their home ground, Defending Champion Poland is the clear favorite of the tournament. However, Brazil, France, and the USA have fielded solid teams this year and are more than capable of winning the whole thing.

When is the Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022?

The much-awaited Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022 will commence on the 26th of August. The event is scheduled to finish with the grand final taking place on the 11th of September.

Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022 Schedule:

Let us have a look at the schedule of the tournament:

Preliminary Rounds:

Pool A:

27-31 August, Start Time: 17:30 CEST

Pool B:

26-30 August, Start Time: 11:00 CEST

Pool C:

26-30 August, Start Time: 17:30 CEST

Pool D:

26-30 August, Start Time: 17:30 CEST

Pool E:

27-31 August, Start Time: 11:00 CEST

Pool F:

27-31 August, Start Time: 14:00 CEST

Final Round:

Round Date
Round of 16 3-6 September
Quarter Finals 7-8 September
Semi Finals 10 September
3rd Place Match 11 September
Final 11 September

Format: Pools and Draw

A total of 24 teams are taking part in the event. The teams are divided into 6 pools. The tournament will be held in two separate phases. 

1st phase will be a preliminary round where all 24 teams will be facing the other teams in their respective pools in a round-robin format. The Top 2 teams from each pool will qualify for the final round, along with the best 4 teams among the 3rd placed teams. 

Let’s find out about the pools and the draw:

Pools Teams
A Ukraine, Serbia, Tunisia, Puerto Rico
B Brazil, Japan, Cuba, Qatar
C Poland, United States, Mexico, Bulgaria
D France, Slovenia, Cameroon Germany
E Italy, Canada, Turkey, China
F Argentina, Iran, Netherlands, Egypt

How can I watch Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022 on TV?

  • CBS Sports

CBS Sports, an America-based TV network has the broadcasting rights to the event. If you are from Canada, tune in to the CBS Sports channel and watch Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022 on TV.

How to live stream the tournament?

  • Volleyball TV:

Volleyball TV is the official streaming partner of the 2022 Volleyball World Championship. Purchase the subscription to Volleyball TV and watch the exclusive live stream of the Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022. Volleyball TV costs $7.99 per month.

Where will the event take place?


  1. Spodek in Katowice, Poland
  2. Gliwice Arena in Gliwice, Poland
  3. Arena Stožice in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Initially, Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022 was supposed to take place in Russia. However, due to the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the event was replaced to be co-hosted by Poland and Slovenia. 

Two venues in Poland and one from Slovenia are selected to host the matches of the tournament. Each of the three venues boasts of a huge capacity. Spodek can house up to 11,036 people, while Gliwice and Stožice have a capacity of 13,752 and 12480 respectively.

Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022 Tickets:

  • Koobit
  • Viagogo

There will be a total of 52 matches in the tournament. You can get the Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022 Tickets for all the matches from websites such as koobit.com and viagogo.com. 

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