FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

FINA organises a men's and women's World Championships for young water polo players every year. From 2011 on, a new age group competition format has been launched with World Junior Championships for “20 Year & Under” taking place in odd years and World Youth Championships “18 Years & Under” in even years.

In 2012, the first-ever FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships (18 & U) for both men and women was held in Perth (AUS). Click here to be redirected on the Youth page.

The next editions of the FINA World Men's and Women's Junior Water Polo Championships (20 & U) will be held in 2015. The men's competition will take place in Almaty (KAZ) on September 4-12, 2015 (20 teams). The women's tournament will be held in Volos (GRE) on August 17-23, 2015.

Serbia regains FINA Junior Men’s World Championship

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Almaty, September 12.— Serbia beat reigning champion Italy 13-12 for the gold medal at the FINA Junior Men’s World Water Polo Championships.

Serbia won the bronze medal two years ago and previously won the crown as Serbia two editions ago in Volos in 2011. As Serbia & Montenegro it won in 2003 and 2005. As Yugoslavia it won in Narbonne, France in 1989.

Italy won in Szombathely, Hungary two years ago and had previously won in 1999 and 1993.

In the bronze-medal encounter, Hungary proved the better penalty-shooting team heading off Greece in sudden death 13-12. Hungary won the championship in 2007 and 1995 and Greece was a previous winner, having won in Istanbul, Turkey in 2001.

In the classification for fifth, Spain beat Montenegro 14-9 and Croatia took seventh with a 14-10 margin over Australia.

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Serbia-Italy gold-medal final at FINA Junior Men’s World Championships

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Almaty, September 11.— Serbia will play Italy for the gold medal on the ninth day of the FINA Junior Men’s World Water Polo Championships.

Serbia pounced on Greece for a 16-8 victory and Italy held out Hungary 12-10 to set up the enticing finale.

In the round 5-8 semifinals, Spain defeated Croatia 12-7 and Montenegro came from an early deficit to beat Australia 15-9.

In the classification matches where teams gained their final positions and depart the tournament, Iran beat South Africa 15-11 for 17th; China beat Uzbekistan 23-22 for 15th in a penalty shootout after the match was tied at 19-19; Japan downed Canada 27-12 for 13th; Netherlands headed off Mexico 19-9 for 11th and Kazakhstan struck out Egypt 18-10 for ninth.

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Greece-Serbia and Hungary-Italy semifinals at FINA Junior Men’s World Championship

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 Almaty, September 10.— Greece will play Serbia and Hungary will face Italy in Friday’s competition following day-seven action of the FINA Junior Men’s World Water Polo Championships.

Greece won a spiteful and controversy-ridden quarterfinal clash with Croatia in which the red card was more dominant than anything else. Croatia scuttled its chances by having three leading players and the coach sidelined early on and more mayhem prevailed in the final quarter as the match descended into a farce.

Greece won the match 13-12, but the result was not declared until an hour later. See full report for details.

Hungary beat Montenegro 15-12 in the second quarterfinal and Serbia downed Spain 15-11. In the final match of the evening on a long day of action and controversy, Italy defeated Australia 20-9.

 In the round of 9-12 semifinals, Kazakhstan beat Mexico 18-11 and Egypt toppled Netherlands in another controversy-filled encounter (See match details for full report).

The first two matches of the day were for the round of 13-18 semifinals in which Japan smashed Uzbekistan 20-6 and Canada tipped out China 14-13.

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Four teams qualify for quarterfinals on sixth day of FINA Junior Men’s World Championship

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Almaty, September 9.— Greece, Spain, Australia and Montenegro have won through to the quarterfinals after preliminary-round action on the sixth day of the FINA Junior Men’s World Water Polo Championships.

Greece beat Mexico 17-8, Spain held off Egypt 15-11, Australia defeated Netherlands 15-10 and Montenegro beat host nation Kazakhstan 17-11.

Greece will play Croatia in the first quarterfinal on Thursday, followed by the Hungary-Montenegro clash, then the Serbia-Spain encounter and lastly the Italy-Australia match.

In earlier matches, Uzbekistan, with the redoubtable Kirill Rustamov scoring 11 goals to move his tournament tally to an incredible 38, beat South Africa 23-12 and China downed Iran 16-13. They now move into lower-ranked semifinals on Thursday.

Thursday’s schedule:

Round 13-18 Semifinals

50.    10:00        W41 UZB          v       W42 JPN

52.    11:20        W43 CAN         v       W44 CHN

Round 9-12 Semifinals    

53.    12:40        L45   KAZ          v       L46   MEX

54.    15:40        L47   EGY          v       L48   NED

Round 1-8 Quarterfinals 

55.    16:20        1A    CRO          v       W46 GRE

56.    17:40        1B    HUN          v       W45  MNE

57.    19:00        1C    SRB          v       W47  ESP

58.    20:20       1D    ITA            v       W48 AUS

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Croatia earns fourth quarterfinal berth on fifth day of FINA Junior Men’s World Championship

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Almaty, September 8.— Croatia became the last of the quarterfinalists, claiming Group A on the fifth day of the FINA Junior Men’s World Water Polo Championships.

In beating South Africa 31-4, Croatia has gained a rest day and joins Hungary, Serbia and Italy as group winners.

In Group B, Greece drew with Netherlands, gaining second place on a better losing goal differential against group winner Hungary, and Japan had the better of China 19-10 for fourth spot in the five-team group.

In Group C, Mexico took third place with an 18-13 result over Iran.

In Group C, Mexico took third place with an 18-13 result over Iran.

In Group D, Spain took second place and nudged Canada into fourth spot with a 19-9 victory, while Kazakhstan sent off neighbour Uzbekistan for third position thanks to a 13-12 scoreline.

Final points:

Group A: Croatia 6, Montenegro 4, Egypt 2, South Africa 0.

Group B: Hungary 8, Greece 5, Netherlands 5, Japan 2, China 0.

Group C: Serbia 6, Australia 4, Mexico 2, Iran 0.

Group D: Italy 8, Spain 6, Kazakhstan 4, Canada 2, Uzbekistan 0.

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Hungary and Italy through to quarters on day four of FINA Junior Men’s World Championship

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Almaty, September 7.— Hungary and Italy won their respective groups and join Serbia as definite quarterfinalists from fourth-day competition at the FINA Junior Men’s World Water Polo Championships.

In Group A, Croatia defeated Egypt 19-3 for its second win.

In Group B, Greece had the better of Japan 17-15 and Hungary beat Netherlands 18-8.

In Group C, Australia finished second in the group with a 15-5 advantage over Iran.

In Group D, Italy beat Uzbekistan 17-6 and in the final match of the day, Kazakhstan gained its first win — 16-13 over Canada.

Points after day four:

Group A: Croatia 4, Montenegro 4, Egypt 2, South Africa 0.

Group B: Hungary 8, Netherlands 4, Greece 4, Japan 0, China 0.

Group C: Serbia 6, Australia 4, Mexico 0, Iran 0.

Group D: Italy 8, Spain 4, Kazakhstan 2, Canada 2, Uzbekistan 0.

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Croatia impressive in third-day action of FINA Junior Men’s World Championship

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Almaty, September 6.— Croatia entered the tournament with s statement victory over Montenegro on day three of the FINA Junior Men’s Water Polo World Championship.

In a quirk of the draw, and the non-appearance of two nations, Croatia had two days off while other teams were competing.

A solid 14-7 margin over unbeaten Montenegro, means it should now win twice more to secure the group and enter the quarterfinals.

In the other Group A match, Egypt had a resounding 24-8 victory over South Africa.

In Group B, Greece had an impressive 25-8 first win over China and Hungary shrugged off a defiant Japan 16-9 for its third victory.

In Group C at the start of the day, Australia beat Mexico 20-5 for its first win and Serbia, playing with two men ill again, beat Iran 18-6. It was Iran’s opening match.

In Group D, Italy had to work to beat Canada 16-11 and Spain bettered Kazakhstan 21-13 in the feature match of the evening session.

Points after day three:

Group A: Montenegro 4, Croatia 2, Egypt 2, South Africa 0.

Group B: Hungary 6, Netherlands 4, Greece 2, Japan 0, China 0.

Group C: Serbia 6, Australia 2, Mexico 0, Iran 0.

Group D: Italy 6, Spain 4, Canada 2, Uzbekistan 0, Kazakhstan 0.

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Italy gets the better of Spain on the second day of the FINA Junior Men’s World Championship

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Almaty, September 5.— Italy had the better of Spain 13-10 in their Group D clash and earned a possible group win in second-day action at the FINA Junior Men’s World Water Polo Championships.

Both teams had plenty of time leading the match, but it was Italy who showed greater skills in the dying minutes to pull away for the win. Italy now looks certain to win the group, even before Canada played its opening match, against Uzbekistan straight after. Canada survived the rugged encounter with Uzbekistan 19-18 with the Asians’ best player, Kirill Rustamov, scoring a tournament-high 11 goals.

In Group A, Montenegro closed the day’s proceedings with a 21-12 victory over South Africa, which proved to be an showing by the Africans.

In Group B, Hungary beat China 23-8 and Netherlands was held scoreless by Japan in the final quarter, but still won 13-10.

In Group C, Serbia’s surge to the title was helped with a 29-4 win over Mexico.

Points after day two:

Group A: Montenegro 4, Egypt 0, South Africa 0, Croatia.

Group B: Hungary 4, Netherlands 4, Greece 0, China 0, Japan 0.

Group C: Serbia 4, Australia 0, Mexico 0, Iran.

Group D: Italy 4, Spain 2, Canada 2, Uzbekistan 0, Kazakhstan 0.

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Six-a-side format returns to FINA Junior Men’s World Championships

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Almaty, September 4.— Opening day action from the FINA Junior Men’s World Water Polo Championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan saw some excellent matches played in the new format.

The smaller ball, smaller teams, smaller pitch and only six players a side in the pool, led to plenty of goals and more space to manoeuvre.

The last tournament that staged this six-a-side format was the same event in Dunkirk, France in 1999.

Eighteen teams are competing following the late withdrawal of Argentina and Brazil. Original match numbers will be retained and two groups will have one less team.

In Group A, Montenegro beat Egypt 14-11 in an enthralling match where Egypt just kept coming back at the stronger Europeans.

In Group B, Hungary beat Greece 17-9 and Netherlands was too hard to handle for China, winning 22-11.

In Group C, Serbia overwhelmed Australia 20-9 from a 5-0 start.

In Group D, Spain went from 9-6 ahead at halftime over Uzbekistan to a commanding 25-10 victory. Italy closed out host Kazakhstan 16-9 in the final match of the day.

Points after day one:

Group A: Montenegro 2, Egypt 0, Croatia, South Africa.

Group B: Netherlands 2, Hungary 2, Greece 0, China 0, Japan.

Group C: Serbia 2, Australia 0, Iran, Mexico.

Group D: Spain 2, Italy 2, Uzbekistan 0, Kazakhstan 0, Canada.

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Junior Women's WP Championships, Volos, Day 7: USA become the tournament winner

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United States of America was the triumphant team in the 11th World Women’s Junior Championship winning for the 4th time in their history the gold medal and the first place (in 5 finals). The team of Coralie Simons was amazing during the whole tournament and fairly achieved this great success.

Αs in 2013, USA beat Spain (13-10) in a game where the difference in quality was clear between the two teams. Spain deserved the silver medal as they were extremely stable throughout the whole Championship. Russia, who grabbed the third place (they defeated Canada) even if they were sluggish in the first game, proved that can be very competitive.

The MVP of the 11th World Women’s Junior Championship was Aria Fischer from the U.S. Τhe prize of the best goalkeeper was won by Amanda Longan from USA. First scores of the tournament were Anastasia Simanovich from Russia and Greece's Eleutheria Pleuritou scoring 29 goals.

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