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FINA Water Polo World League

FINA Water Polo World League
SportWater Polo
Founded2002
Ceased2022
Replaced byFINA Water Polo World Cup
FINA Women's Water Polo World Cup
Continentall (International)
Last
champion(s)
Men's:  Italy (1st title)
Women's:  Spain (1st title)
Most titlesMen's:  Serbia (10 titles)
Women's:  United States (14 titles)

The FINA Water Polo World League was an international water polo league organized by FINA, which played annually, typically from winter through to June.[1] League play featured continental tournaments for men and women, from which the top teams emerged to play in the championship tournament (the "Super Final") where the league champion team is crowned.

Men's league play began in 2002, to capitalize on increased worldwide popularity of water polo created by the 2000 Olympic Games, especially in Europe, North America and Australia. The women’s league was added in 2004, based on growing interest in women's play.[2]

In October 2022, FINA announced that the tournament would be replaced with the FINA Water Polo World Cup and FINA Women's Water Polo World Cup from 2023 on.[3][4]

Play format

Matches consisted of four eight-minute quarters, with a five-minute half-time break. Tie games were decided by an immediate penalty shootout. The game venues had television requirements to bring the sport to the biggest audience possible. Rule changes were made to provide more spectacular play and yield higher scores.

Preliminary rounds of play were organized by continent: Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. The structure of continental play varied within the league. For example, for 2012, the Americas had a single tournament for each sex, Asia/Oceania has two tournaments for each sex on consecutive weekends, and Europe has six weekends of play for men and two for women.[5]

Men

Summary

FINA Men's Water Polo World League
Year[2] Host Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place
2002 Patras, Greece
Russia
10–8
Spain

Hungary
2003 New York, USA
Hungary
13–8
Italy

United States
2004 Long Beach, USA
Hungary
12–8
Serbia and Montenegro

Greece
2005 Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
Serbia and Montenegro
16–6
Hungary

Germany
2006 Athens, Greece
Serbia and Montenegro
6–4
Spain

Greece
2007 Berlin, Germany
Serbia
9–6
Hungary

Australia
2008 Genoa, Italy
Serbia
7–3
United States

Australia
2009 Podgorica, Montenegro
Montenegro
8–7
Croatia

Serbia
2010 Niš, Serbia
Serbia
10–10 (4–2 PSO)
Montenegro

Croatia
2011 Florence, Italy
Serbia
8–7
Italy

Croatia
2012 Almaty, Kazakhstan
Croatia
8–8 (10–9 PSO)
Spain

Italy
2013 Chelyabinsk, Russia
Serbia
12–7
Hungary

Montenegro
2014 Dubai, UAE
Serbia
10–6
Hungary

Montenegro
2015 Bergamo, Italy
Serbia
9–6
Croatia

Brazil
2016 Huizhou, China
Serbia
10–6
United States

Greece
2017 Ruza, Russia
Serbia
10–9
Italy

Croatia
2018 Budapest, Hungary
Montenegro
9–9 (4–2 PSO)
Hungary

Spain
2019 Belgrade, Serbia
Serbia
12–11
Croatia

Australia
2020 Tbilisi, Georgia
Montenegro
9–8
United States

Greece
2022 Strasbourg, France
Italy
13–9
United States

Spain

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Serbia[a]100111
2 Montenegro3126
3 Hungary2518
4 Serbia and Montenegro[a]2103
5 Croatia1337
6 Italy1315
7 Russia1001
8 United States0415
9 Spain0325
10 Greece0044
11 Australia0033
12 Brazil0011
 Germany0011
Totals (13 entries)20202060
  • ^[a] matches played from Serbia and Montenegro are separated from Serbia.

Participation details

Legend
  •  1st  – Champions
  •  2nd  – Runners-up
  •  3rd  – Third place
  •  4th  – Fourth place
  •  QF  – Quarterfinals
  •  ×  — Did not enter qualifications
  •  •  — Did not qualify for the final tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •     – Hosts
  • Defunct team
Africa – CANA (6 teams)
Men's team[2] 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022 YQ / YP
 Algeria × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/3
 Egypt × × × × × × 10th × × × × × × × × × × × × × 1/1
 Libya × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
 Morocco × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/3
 South Africa × × × × × × × 8th 8th × × × × × × × × × × 2/3
 Tunisia × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/2
Americas – ASUA (7 teams)
 Argentina × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/4
 Brazil × × × × 8th 8th 7th 3rd 7th × × × × •• 6/12
 Canada × × × 7th 6th × × 7th 6th × × 8th × 8th 6/12
 Colombia × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
 Mexico × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
 Puerto Rico × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
 United States 3rd 6th 5th 5th 2nd 4th 5th 4th 4th 4th 5th 4th 2nd 4th 7th × 2nd 2nd 17/19
 Venezuela × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
Asia – AASF (5 teams)
 China × × × 8th 9th × 7th 8th 6th 6th 8th 8th 8th × × 9/14
 Iran × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/3
 Japan × × × × 7th 7th 6th 8th 4th 6th 5th × 7/15
 Kazakhstan × × × × × × × × 5th × 6th 8th 7th 6th × 5/10
 Saudi Arabia × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
Europe – LEN (20 teams)
 Croatia × × 4th 2nd 3rd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 5th 2nd 9/18
 France × × × × 6th × × × × × × × 7th 4th 3/9
 Georgia × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 8th × 1/3
 Germany × × × 3rd 4th × × × 2/14
 Great Britain × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
 Greece 4th 5th 3rd 5th 3rd 8th 3rd × 3rd 8/19
 Hungary 3rd 1st 1st 2nd × 2nd × × × × × 2nd 2nd 6th × 2nd 5th 10/13
 Italy 2nd 4th 7th 5th 2nd 3rd 7th 4th 2nd × 4th 1st 11/19
 Malta × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
 Montenegro Part of SCG / FRY 4th 1st 2nd 5th × 3rd 3rd × 1st 1st 6th 9/13
 Netherlands × 6th × × × × × × × × × × × × × 1/6
 North Macedonia × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/3
 Romania × × × 6th × 1/16
 Russia 1st × × 6th 5th 5th DQ 4/17
 Serbia Part of SCG / FRY 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st × 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 5th 12/14
 Serbia and Montenegro × 4th 2nd 1st 1st Defunct 4/4
 Slovakia × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/4
 Spain 2nd × 5th 2nd 5th 6th 2nd × × 3rd 4th 3rd 9/17
 Turkey × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/6
 Ukraine × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/2
Oceania – OSA (2 teams)
 Australia × 4th 3rd 3rd 6th 4th 6th 7th × 4th 5th 5th 7th 6th 3rd × 7th 14/17
 New Zealand × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/8
Total teams 4 6 6 6 6 8 10 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

Performance by team

After 2015 World League

National team Total* Super Final
App W% Pld W** L** A% App F4 W% Pld W** L**
 Algeria 3 0.533 15 8 7 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Argentina 1 0.000 6 0 6 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Australia 12 0.645 141 91 50 0.750 9 5 0.418 55 23 32
 Brazil 10 0.230 87 20 67 0.400 4 1 0.250 24 6 18
 Canada 9 0.288 66 19 47 0.444 4 0 0.292 24 7 17
 China 10 0.368 114 42 72 0.800 8 0 0.130 46 6 40
 Croatia 12 0.645 121 78 43 0.500 6 6 0.706 34 24 10
 Egypt 1 0.429 7 3 4 1.000 1 0 0.000 4 0 4
 France 4 0.222 36 8 28 0.250 1 0 0.000 7 0 7
 Germany 10 0.333 75 25 50 0.200 2 2 0.625 8 5 3
 Great Britain 1 0.000 4 0 4 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Greece 14 0.460 126 58 68 0.429 6 3 0.346 26 9 17
 Hungary 8 0.825 97 80 17 1.000 8 7 0.694 36 25 11
 Iran 3 0.083 24 2 22 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Italy 14 0.598 132 79 53 0.500 7 4 0.559 34 19 15
 Japan 10 0.387 75 29 46 0.200 2 0 0.250 12 3 9
 Kazakhstan 5 0.293 41 12 29 0.200 1 0 0.333 6 2 4
 Libya 1 0.000 6 0 6 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 North Macedonia 3 0.188 16 3 13 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Mexico 1 0.333 3 1 2 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Montenegro 8 0.767 86 66 20 0.750 6 5 0.694 36 25 11
 Morocco 3 0.200 15 3 12 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Netherlands 2 0.091 11 1 10 0.500 1 0 0.000 2 0 2
 New Zealand 5 0.111 36 4 32 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Puerto Rico 1 0.000 3 0 3 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Romania 11 0.413 75 31 44 0.091 1 0 0.500 6 3 3
 Russia 12 0.421 95 40 55 0.250 3 1 0.500 14 7 7
 Serbia*** 12 0.895 143 128 15 1.000 12 12 0.937 63 59 4
 Slovakia 2 0.083 12 1 11 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 South Africa 2 0.500 24 12 12 1.000 2 0 0.000 12 0 12
 Spain 12 0.581 124 72 52 0.500 6 3 0.567 30 17 13
 Tunisia 2 0.444 9 4 5 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 Turkey 5 0.031 32 1 31 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
 United States 14 0.572 138 79 59 0.857 12 7 0.485 66 32 34
 Venezuela 1 0.000 4 0 4 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0
  • *Since 2007 Preliminary Round is played among teams from the same regions (Asia/Oceania, Americas or Asia/Oceania/Americas, Africa and Europe); Super Final statistic included
  • **Wins/Defeats after penalty shootout counted as wins/defeats.
  • ***Serbia's total includes appearances as  Serbia and Montenegro.

Women

Winners

FINA Women's Water Polo World League
Year[2] Host Winner Runner-up 3rd Place
2004 Long Beach, USA
United States

Hungary

Italy
2005 Kirishi, Russia
Greece

Russia

Australia
2006 Cosenza, Italy
United States

Italy

Russia
2007 Montreal, Canada
United States

Australia

Greece
2008 Santa Cruz, Spain
Russia

United States

Australia
2009 Kirishi, Russia
United States

Canada

Australia
2010 La Jolla, USA
United States

Australia

Greece
2011 Tianjin, China
United States

Italy

Australia
2012 Changshu, China
United States

Australia

Greece
2013 Beijing, China
China

Russia

United States
2014 Kunshan, China
United States

Italy

Australia
2015 Shanghai, China
United States

Australia

Netherlands
2016 Shanghai, China
United States

Spain

Australia
2017 Shanghai, China
United States

Canada

Russia
2018 Kunshan, China
United States

Netherlands

Russia
2019 Budapest, Hungary
United States

Italy

Russia
2020 Athens, Greece
United States

Hungary

Russia
2022 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Spain

Hungary

United States

Medal standings

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States141217
2 Russia1258
3 Spain1102
4 Greece1034
5 China1001
6 Australia04610
7 Italy0415
8 Hungary0303
9 Canada0202
10 Netherlands0112
Totals (10 entries)18181854

Participation details

Legend
  •  1st  – Champions
  •  2nd  – Runners-up
  •  3rd  – Third place
  •  4th  – Fourth place
  •  QF  – Quarterfinals
  •  ×  — Did not enter qualifications
  •  •  — Did not qualify for the final tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •     – Hosts
Africa – CANA (1 team)
Women's team[2] 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022 YQ / YP
 South Africa × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/3
Americas – ASUA (5 teams)
Women's team[2] 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022 YQ / YP
 Argentina × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
 Brazil × × × × × × 8th 8th 8th × × × × •• 4/7
 Canada 5th 6th 6th 4th 4th 2nd 8th 6th 7th 8th 6th 6th 7th 2nd 4th 7th 4th 7th 18/18
 Colombia × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
 Cuba × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
 Puerto Rico × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/2
 United States 1st 5th 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 18/18
 Venezuela × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
Asia – AASF (3 teams)
Women's team[2] 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022 YQ / YP
 China × × 6th 5th 5th 5th 4th 4th 1st 4th 4th 4th 6th 6th 8th × × 13/14
 Japan × × × 8th 8th 7th × 3/14
 Kazakhstan 8th × × × × × × × × × 8th × 2/8
Europe – LEN (10 teams)
Women's team[2] 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022 YQ / YP
 France × × × × × × × × 0/10
 Germany × × 6th × × × × × × × 1/9
 Great Britain × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/5
 Greece 6th 1st 3rd 7th 3rd 7th 3rd × 6th 9/16
 Hungary 2nd 4th × × × 6th 4th 4th 6th 2nd 2nd 8/15
 Israel × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 0/1
 Italy 3rd 8th 2nd × 8th 2nd 8th 6th 2nd 7th 5th × 2nd 5th 12/16
 Netherlands × 7th 5th × × 7th × × 3rd 5th 2nd 4th 4th 8/13
 Russia 4th 2nd 3rd 1st 6th 4th 5th 5th 2nd 7th 5th 6th 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd DQ 16/17
 Spain × 5th 6th 4th 8th 5th 5th 2nd × 5th 5th 1st 10/16
Oceania – OSA (2 teams)
Women's team[2] 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022 YQ / YP
 Australia 7th 3rd 4th 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 7th 3rd 2nd 3rd 7th 7th 5th × 6th 17/17
 New Zealand × × × × × × × × × 8th 1/9
Total teams 8 8 6 6 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

See also

References

  1. ^ Water Polo World League page Archived 18 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine of the FINA website; retrieved 3 March 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "HistoFINA – Water polo medalists and statistics" (PDF). fina.org. FINA. September 2019. pp. 40, 78. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 August 2021. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  3. ^ "FINA Announces Dates for New 2023 Water Polo World Cup". fina.org. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  4. ^ "New FINA competition: World Cup replaces World League". total-waterpolo.com. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  5. ^ FINA Water Polo World League 2012 Edition – Programme, published 27 February 2012; retrieved 20123 March 2012.
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