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At first, associations registered teams to compete in the qualification process, but 46 associations withdrew from the qualifying process after they registered and India were suspended and then expelled from taking part in the process as a punishment for internal problems in the India Volleyball Federation. Of the 24 nations qualified to play at the World Championship, 21 countries competed at the previous tournament in Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the first time.
Other teams returning after absences of the last tournament s include Kenya and South Korea , who both missed the edition. In the first round, the 24 teams will be spread across four pools of six teams playing in a round-robin system. The top four teams from each pool will advance to the second round. The second round will feature two pools of eight teams paying once again in a round-robin system.
At the end of the second round matches, the rankings of the four pools will be drawn up taking into account the points scored by each team in the first and second rounds. The top three teams of each group will access the third stage. The six teams competing in the third round will be divided into two three-team pools by a draw, with the 1st place teams from the previous round securing the head position of both pools.
After the matches played once again in a round-robin system, the top two in each pool will qualify for the semifinals and finals. The third round pool winners play against the runners-up in this round. The semifinals winners advance to compete for the World Championship title. The losers face each other in the third place match. All teams not seeded were drawn to take other available positions in the remaining lines following the World Ranking.
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