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Lausanne, Switzerland, May 28, 2014 — Following the unveiling of the first round calendar of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014 on Tuesday, a dynamic calendar is now available for download.

The most important international competition for the Argentine Seniors' Women Team 2014 is the World Championship in Italy. The first round fixture includes them in Pool in the city of Rome playing v Croatia, Germany, Italy, Dominican Republic and Tunisia in a very demanding group.

The First Round will take place September 23rd - 28th in four cities, Trieste where Pool B will face on the opening day, Canada v Camerum, Serbia v Turkey and Brazil (Top team of the World) v Bulgaria.

Pool C will see the defending Russia in Verona with the Netherlands facing Kazajistan, Russia v Thailand and USA v the team still missing qualification from NORCECA, while Bari will host the first three matches of Pool D: China v Puerto Rico, Japan v Azerbaijan and Cuba v Belgica.

After the First Round the best four teams of each Pool will qualify for the Second Round in Bari, Trieste, Verona and Modena in two Pools of eight teams

The best six teams will be divided in two pools and from there will qualify the best four to advance to semi-finals programmed to end with the great final on October, 12th in Milan.

Italy will host the women’s World Championship for the first time ever from September 23 to October 12 after the great organization held at the Men's World Championship 2010. As one of volleyball’s strongest and proudest nations, the best of women’s volleyball will have a wonderful stage to perform on, especially after an outstanding standard was set during the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in 2010.

A total of six cities - Rome, Trieste, Verona, Bari, Modena, and Milan - will host the FIVB’s premier tournament for women with Milan set to host the finals of the tournament. The First Round will see two matches in each venue per day.

A record number of 279 teams participated in the qualification process for the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championships. This total, coming from 166 national federations across the five FIVB confederations, represents an increase of 65 teams from the previous best of 214 teams from 119 federations for the 2010 World Championships (compared with 102 in 2006, 72 in 2002 and 63 in 1998).

There were 127 teams that have played in the qualification process for the Women’s World Championship.

Russia won their second straight FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship title in Japan in 2010 after beating Brazil in the final. Japan completed the podium after beating USA in the bronze medal match.

Russia are the most successful nation in the history of the World Championship having won a total of seven titles with their predecessors — the Soviet Union. Cuba (WR 21) and Japan (WR 3) have both triumphed on three occasions, China (WR 5) twice, and World Championship hosts Italy (WR 4) once (2002).

Click here for the first round match schedule of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship Italy 2014.