The tournament will feature 48 teams in each gender, which qualified through three different pathways. FIVB Entry Points accumulated over the last six months earned 25 teams in each gender a spot in the event, including a minimum of two from host country Mexico.
The continental quota for the World Championships accounted for 20 berths, with CAVB (Africa), AVC (Asia), CEV (Europe) and CSV (South America) each receiving four spots to be awarded to teams from their continents. Finally, three wild cards per gender were given.
As many as 40 different countries will be represented in Mexico, including 16 from Europe, nine from the NORCECA region, six from South America, five from Asia and four from Africa. Brazil have more teams than any country with nine duos (four men’s, five women’s), followed by the United States (eight), hosts Mexico (six), Australia, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands (four each).
Five of the six teams that stepped on the podium at the 2022 World Championship in Rome will be back in the 14th edition of the tournament trying to take medals home again. The field includes 14 past world champions and the winners of this year’s World Championships will earn their countries a berth at next year’s Paris Olympics.