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Test rules mark 2016 World Youth Championships

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A set of new rules which are being tested leave their mark on the 2016 FINA World Youth Championships, currently underway in Montenegro’s capital Podgorica. With the tournament being past the preliminary stage just having a look at the final scores of the matches gives you a glimpse of the effect the new rules have on the game. For the rest one has to watch the action, available on live stream. Smaller teams (6 a side, 11 players per team), a smaller pitch (25 metres), a women’s sized (4) ball, 25-second shot clock and 15 seconds exclusion for a major foul are the big changes. It leaves you with an almost new game. More action and more shots on goal are being targeted by implementing these rules, who could possibly be adopted worldwide soon after having tested these on international junior tournaments for 2 years.

In Australia meanwhile the junior department already adopted these new rules, quickly following the initial announcement of testing was made by FINA, and in Podgorica that is benefiting the U18 squad who looked good in their day 1 win over Spain en route to remaining undefeated in the group stage to qualify for the quarterfinals directly, along with Greece, hosts Montenegro and Serbia. The question however arises the package of new rules is influencing the game the way it was targeted by FINA when deciding to test them. Especially the shorter shot clock often leads to sloppy play and less tactics. Perhaps implemented to boost a quicker transition, and possible counter attack, but even these well-trained youngsters can’t swim counter attacks all game long. Instead the attacks more than often look hurried and teams seek their players ready to try something 1-on-1 at the end of the shot clock.

On the defensive end not only the lower-ranked sides but even the eventual group winners had their games in which they conceded 10+ goals. Now a daunting task of turning up the defence in the second half of the tournament, against the stronger opponents, comes into play in order to be successful. Concluding the round of last 16 matches on Wednesday will be Italy and Spain squaring off, a big clash on paper with the winner meeting Serbia in the quarterfinals already the following day. Hungary hopes to overcome Japan to face Greece in the quarters, while home side Montenegro awaits the winner of the Russia-USA battle. Australia takes on the victor of the match-up between Canada and Croatia.

 

3rd FINA World Men’s Youth Championships 2016
Podgorica, Montenegro

Programme and results

Friday, August 26 – day 1

Greece vs. Canada 27-10 (4-3, 6-4, 9-3, 8-0)
Spain vs. Australia 8-10 (2-3, 3-2, 2-4, 1-1)
Russia vs. Colombia 25-5 (5-3, 7-1, 7-1, 6-0)
South Africa vs. Japan 16-32 (3-10, 3-8, 4-8, 6-6)
Croatia vs. New Zealand 23-11 (6-3, 6-0, 6-5, 5-3)
China vs. Serbia 11-21 (1-6, 1-7, 6-5, 3-3)
Italy vs. Montenegro 15-15 (1-3, 4-2, 7-4, 3-6)

Saturday, August 27 – day 2

Japan vs. Spain 17-23 (6-3, 2-7, 4-7, 5-6)
Egypt vs. South Africa 15-6 (4-3, 0-0, 6-2, 5-1)
Brazil vs. Italy 9-18 (2-7, 3-4, 2-4, 2-3)
Serbia vs. Croatia 15-13 (6-3, 3-4, 3-3, 3-3)
USA vs. China 22-4 (7-2, 7-1, 6-1, 2-0)
Canada vs. Russia 9-15 (1-4, 3-5, 5-4, 0-2)
Kazakhstan vs. Greece 4-21 (1-4, 1-6, 1-5, 1-6)
Montenegro vs. Hungary 16-14 (4-2, 3-3, 6-4, 3-5)

Sunday, August 28 – day 3

Australia vs. Japan 14-13 (1-3, 5-4, 4-1, 4-5)
Spain vs. Egypt 14-2 (3-1, 4-0, 2-0, 5-1)
New Zealand vs. Serbia 8-17 (3-5, 1-4, 3-7, 1-1)
Croatia vs. USA 14-16 (4-3, 3-5, 4-5, 3-3)
Colombia vs. Canada 11-17 (4-5, 3-3, 3-4, 1-5)
Russia vs. Kazakhstan 19-8 (5-2, 6-3, 4-2, 4-1)
Hungary vs. Brazil 23-14 (4-2, 7-2, 7-6, 5-4)

Monday, August 29 – day 4

USA vs. New Zealand 18-9 (5-4, 4-1, 6-3, 3-1)
China vs. Croatia 11-23 (0-6, 3-6, 3-6, 5-5)
Kazakhstan vs. Colombia 9-11 (1-3, 5-3, 1-3, 2-2)
Greece vs. Russia 14-11 (4-2, 6-3, 2-5, 2-1)
Italy vs. Hungary 13-16 (3-3, 2-4, 5-4, 3-5)
Egypt vs. Australia 6-15 (1-3, 3-3, 1-5, 1-4)
South Africa vs. Spain 11-24 (2-7, 2-6, 2-5, 5-6)

Tuesday, August 30 – day 5

Colombia vs. Greece 8-31 (2-8, 1-8, 2-8, 3-7)
Kazakhstan vs. Canada 8-14 (3-3, 2-3, 0-6, 3-2)
Australia vs. South Africa 15-9 (3-2, 3-4, 5-1, 4-2)
Egypt vs. Japan 13-19 (2-6, 3-4, 3-4, 5-5)
New Zealand vs. China 13-12 (5-1, 2-4, 4-3, 2-4)
USA vs. Serbia 7-12 (1-3, 0-1, 3-4, 3-4)
Brazil vs. Montenegro 11-19 (1-5, 4-4, 4-4, 2-6)

Wednesday, August 31 – day 6

Crossing matches

10.00: Colombia vs. China (13th-19th place quarterfinals)
11.20: Brazil vs. South Africa (13th-19th place quarterfinals)
12.40: Kazakhstan vs. New Zealand (13th-19th place quarterfinals) – Winner vs. Egypt on September 1.

17.00: Russia vs. USA (play-off 1)
18.20: Hungary vs. Japan (play-off 2)
19.40: Canada vs. Croatia (play-off 3)
21.00: Italy vs. Spain (play-off 4)

Thursday, September 1 – day 7

Quarterfinals

17.00: Greece vs. winner of Hungary-Japan (quarterfinal 1)
18.20: Montenegro vs. winner of Russia-USA (quarterfinal 3)
19.40: Australia vs. winner of Canada-Croatia (quarterfinal 2)
21.00: Serbia vs. winner of Italy-Spain (quarterfinal 4)

Friday, September 2 – day 8

Semi-finals

Saturday, September 3 – day 9

Finals

N.b.: time mentioned is local time.

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