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FIVB Volleyball Women’s U21 World Championship Stats: Nations that have dominated the event

The FIVB Volleyball Women’s U21 World Championship is the leading international tournament for the female volleyball players, all under the age of 21. Established in 1947 in France, the FIVB has been the guiding force behind worldwide volleyball tournaments, alongside being the organizer of the tournament.

This championship was inaugurated in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1977. There was an initial four-year interval between the first two tournaments in 1977 and 1981. However, from 1987, it has been held every two years. The latest champions in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U21 World Championship are Italy, who won the event jointly hosted by Belgium and the Netherlands in 2021.

The FIVB made a decision in 2022 to adjust the age requirement for participants from being under-20 to under-21. This alteration brought the women’s championship in line with the men’s equivalent, the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship.

In terms of past successes, Brazil tops the list of most accomplished nations at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U21 World Championship, with six championship titles and five runners-up titles on five occasions. China is second on the list with three titles and three silver medals. While South Korea stands third on the chart, having secured the top spot twice and finishing in the top three on four occasions.

The 2023 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U21 World Championship

The 2023 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U21 World Championship is taking place in León and Aguascalientes, Mexico, from August 17 to 26. With 16 teams representing five global regions, it’s set to be a thrilling competition. It’s worth noting that Mexico, selected as the host earlier in January this year, is hosting the youth competition for the fifth time in its history.

Nations that have dominated the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U21 World Championship

Let’s take a look at the countries that have dominated the event throughout the years.

HostChampionRunners-upFinal ScoreThird place
Brazil (1977)South KoreaChinaRound-robinJapan
Mexico (1981)South KoreaPeru3–1Japan
Italy (1985)CubaJapan3–1China
Busan / Seoul (1987)BrazilSouth Korea3–0China
Peru (1989)BrazilCuba3–2Japan
Brno (1991)Soviet UnionBrazil3–0Japan
Brasília / Campinas (1993)CubaUkraine3–0South Korea
Bangkok (1995)ChinaBrazil3–0Russia
Gdańsk (1997)RussiaItaly3–2China
Edmonton / Saskatoon (1999)RussiaBrazil3–0South Korea
Santo Domingo (2001)BrazilSouth Korea3–0China
Suphanburi (2003)BrazilChina3–2Poland
Ankara / Istanbul (2005)BrazilSerbia and Montenegro3–1China
Nakhon Ratchasima (2007)BrazilChina3–1Japan
Mexicali / Tijuana (2009)GermanyDominican Republic3–0Brazil
Lima / Trujillo (2011)ItalyBrazil3–1China
Brno (2013)ChinaJapan3–0Brazil
Puerto Rico (2015)Dominican RepublicBrazil3–2Italy
Boca del Río / Córdoba (2017)ChinaRussia3–0Japan
Aguascalientes / León (2019)JapanItaly3–2Russia
Netherlands / Belgium (2021)ItalySerbia3–0Russia

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