Italy's Paola Egonu is one player to look out for

The FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship 2022 ended on Sunday, but fans of the sport already have another exciting event to look forward to as the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship begins next week in the Netherlands and Poland.

From September 23 to October 15, the 24 best teams in the world will compete to win the 19th edition of the tournament, which, for the first time, will be co-hosted by two nations. It will also be the first time that the Netherlands and Poland welcome international volleyball's flagship competition for women.

· Watch all FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship 2022 matches live on Volleyball TV.

Five of the seven nations that triumphed in the first 18 editions of the tournament will be competing for another world title in under two weeks, including Japan (victorious in 1962, 1967, 1974), China (1982, 1986), Italy (2002), the United States (2014) and Serbia (2018). Other heavyweights of the women’s game, including Türkiye, Brazil, Bulgaria and the Dominican Republic, will play for their first gold medals in the event.

The tournament will be a global celebration of the sport with other national teams from Asia (Kazakhstan, Korea and Thailand), Africa (Cameroon and Kenya), Europe (the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Croatia, Germany and the Czech Republic), the NORCECA region (Puerto Rico and Canada) and South America (Argentina and Colombia) also set to compete.

With the presence of all of the biggest stars of the sport, like Italy’s Paola Egonu, Serbia’s Tijana Boskovic, Brazil’s Gabriela ‘Gabi’ Guimaraes, USA’s Annie Drews, Türkiye’s Ebrar Karakurt, Japan’s Sarina Koga and China’s Li Yingying, the tournament is sure to feature exciting battles across the three Dutch and three Polish host cities.

The Opening Phase, which will see the 24 participating teams split into four pools of six, will feature matches from September 23-October 2 in the Dutch town of Arnhem and the Polish cities of Gdańsk and Łodź.

The four best teams in each pool will advance to Phase 2, which will feature two pools of eight (Pool E will reunite the sides coming from Phase 1 Pools A and D, while Pool F will include squads from Pools B and C). Matches will take place in the Dutch city of Rotterdam and Łodź, Poland from October 4-9.

The four quarterfinals will all take place on the same day, October 11, with two matches in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, and another two in Gliwice, Poland. The same cities will host the semifinals on October 12 and 13. The gold and bronze medal matches will both take place in Apeldoorn on October 15.

Tickets for the matches in the Netherlands can be acquired here, while they can be found here for the matches in Poland.