Rules of the draw:
Pool A
 8 teams are divided by a draw into two qualifying groups: A and B; 4 teams in each group.
 Teams in groups A and B are not seeded. All teams are drawn from one basket.
 Teams are drawn alternately to the group A and the group B.
Pool B
 24 teams are divided by a draw into six qualifying groups: C, D, E, F, G, H; 4 teams in each group.
 Strongest teams from previous years are not seeded for particular groups. All teams are drawn from one basket.
 Teams from the same country cannot meet in one qualifying group. This applies to the following countries: Germany, Netherlands, Slovakia, Sweden, Italy, France, Switzerland and Poland.
 When a team from a given country, which already has a representative in a given group, is drawn to this group, this team automatically goes to the first next group, where there is no representative of this country.
Example:

Group C 
Group D 
Group E 
Group F 
Group G 
Group H 
1. 
Germany OFD 
Germany NRW 
Italy 2 
Slovakia 1 
Finland 2 
Poland 3 
2. 
Poland 2 
Euroteam 1 
Portugal 1 
Latvia 
Italy 1 
The Hague 1 
3. 


Germany Sachsen 



Germany Sachsen was drawn to group C. Since there are already German teams in groups C and D, Germany Sachsen goes automatically to group E, in which at this stage of the draw there is no German team. The next team is drawn again to group C.
5. Teams are drawn to qualifying groups consecutively from C to H.
EVS 2012 RULES
 All matches are played in accordance with the binding rules of F.I.V.B. (unless noted otherwise below).
 Net height:
Pool A – 2.43 m
Pool B – 2.35 m
3. Matches in qualifying groups and second round matches (Pool B) are played according to the following rules:
 everyone against everyone in their group
 2 sets to 15 points, without twopoint difference (15:14 is a possible result)
 scoring:
 1 set won = 1 point  match victory: (2 sets won or 1 set won and sum of small points won > sum of small points lost) = +1 point  if both teams win 1 set and have an equal number of small points (e.g. 15:10, 10:15), the referee orders an extra time – one match point. A service is carried out by the team which won the last point in the set. The winner of the match point scores 2 points, loser scores 1 point.
 Ranking of teams in qualifying groups and in the second round (Pool B) is determined by:
 number of scored points  more small points scored in all matches  sum of small points won > sum of small points lost in all matches  result of the match of the teams with the equal number of points
 Final ranking of teams at places 924 (Pool B) is determined by:
 number of scored points  more small points scored in all matches  sum of small points won > sum of small points lost in all matches
4. Matches in final phase for the 3^{rd}, 5^{th}, 7^{th} places in Pool A and B, and semifinals in Pool A are played according to the following rules:
 2 sets to 15 points, without twopoint difference  if a tie (1:1): a tiebreak to 5 points without twopoint difference is played
5. Finals for the 1^{st} places are played to 2 sets won. Two first sets to 25 points, tiebreak to 15 points, each set with twopoint difference.
6. Timeout: only in two finals (for 1^{st} places). Two breaks in the set for each team. No technical timeouts.
7. After the match, team captains and the referee sign the referee’s protocol.
Attention
If needed the tournament mode can be altered during the tournament to 10 minutes sets, instead of 15 point sets.
