FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship 2022 - Semi-finals: Preview, schedule, how to watch

Poland continued their goal of claiming a third straight title. Find out who they face in the semis and how you can livestream games on the last weekend of action on Olympic Channel via Olympics.com

By Olympics.com | Created 9 September 2022.
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The semi-final line-ups are set as the best men's volleyball teams battle for the title at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Poland Slovenia 2022.

European champions Italy beat Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medallists and VNL champions France for their place in the last four. Next up on Saturday (10 September), the Italians will face co-hosts Slovenia, who are into the semis for the first time.

The other co-hosts, Poland, also made it through to the semi-finals. Captain Bartosz Kurek (pictured) top scored with 21 points as the two-time defending champions dispatched the United States on Thursday, while Brazil overcame Argentina in a classic South American quarter-final clash. Both semi-finals will be live on Olympic Channel via Olympics.com (territorial restrictions apply, see below for details).

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship 2022 - Schedule for semi-finals and final

Both semi's and the final will take place in the Polish city of Katowice. All times are Central European Summer Time / CEST (GMT+2)

Saturday 10 September

  • 18:00 – Semi-finals, Katowice. Poland v Brazil.
  • 21:00 – Semi-finals, Katowice- Italy v Slovenia.

Sunday 11 September

  • 18:00 – Third/Fourth place playoff, Katowice - TBD v TBC
  • 21:00 – Final, Katowice - TBD v TBC

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Poland Slovenia 2022: Quarter-final results

All times Central European Summer Time / CEST (UTC/GMT +2 hours)

Wednesday 7 September

  • 18:00 – Quarter-finals, Ljubljana - Italy beat France 3:2 (24-26, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12)
  • 21:00 – Quarter-finals, Ljubljana - Slovenia beat Ukraine 3:1 (18-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-23)

Thursday 8 September

  • 17:30 – Quarter-finals, Gilwice - Brazil beat Argentina 3:1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21)
  • 21:00 – Quarter-finals, Gilwice - Poland beat United States 3:2 (25-20, 27-25, 21-25, 22-25, 15-12)

2022 men's volleyball world championship: Olympic ranking points for Paris 2024 available

Originally due to be held in Russia, the event was switched to Poland and Slovenia who stepped in to host after war in Ukraine broke out. It is the second time Poland has hosted the competition after 2014; Slovenia has never before staged it.

Co-hosts Poland are the two-time defending champions, having won in Katowice in 2014 and Turin, Italy, in 2018. They came through top of Pool C with 9 points from 3 group matches, and remain among the favourites to win the title.

Ranking points earned during this tournament are counted towards qualification for the 2023 Olympic Qualifier Tournament, where several of the 12 berths available for men's teams at the Paris 2024 Olympics are due to be decided.

READ MORE: How to qualify for volleyball at Paris 2024

How to watch the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship 2022

Matches from the 2022 World Championships in Poland and Slovenia will be shown on Olympic Channel via Olympics.com in some regions. 

Action is also available on the FIVB's own Volleyball TV subscription streaming service.

Every pool stage and knockout match will be offered live and on demand on this service.

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