During the first phase of the tournament, the teams will be split into 12 pools with four teams each and will play in a round-robin format. The top two teams in each pool and the best four teams that rank third in their respective pools will move directly to the Round of 32.
The remaining eight third-placed tandems will play a four-match lucky loser round to fill the last four spots in the elimination rounds. From the Round of 32 forward, the tournament continues on a single elimination format, with the Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and medal matches.
Norway’s Anders Mol/Christian Sørum and Brazil’s Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa/Ana Patrícia Ramos are the reigning world champions, having secured the title of the 13th edition of the tournament, held last year in Rome.
The men's and women's winners of the 2023 World Championship will each earn a spot at the Paris 2024 Olympics to their coutnries.
2023 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship
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