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Holiday Cup and World League in Southern California

Eight days of international women’s waterpolo with large-scale tests and exhibition events are starting tonight in Southern California, USA. From Wednesday and Sunday respectively, the teams of World Champion Greece, Europe`s new number one Italy, Canada and USA will battle for the 2012 edition of the Holiday Cup, to be organised by USA Water Polo at the National Training Center in Los Alamitos, California.  Action will go on Monday morning with the Preliminary Round tournament of the 'Americas' in the 2012 FINA Women's World League with matches at four different places. Here USA, Canada and Brazil will face each other in a double round-robin.

The 2012 edition of the Holiday Cup will see a five-day clash between the two North American powerhouses USA and Canada and the two recent European Championships finalists, Italy and Greece. The home team is already qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games, the guest still have to do so by the upcoming FINA Olympic Games Qualification Tournament to be held 15-22 April at Trieste, Italy. The four teams will not only play a single round-robin, but also a semi-final and medal clash so that each teams can gain more experience for the upcoming events. Each team will have five top-class games within five days. The matches of the final day to be played Sunday, 19 February will be webcasted again live on www.universalsports.com.
 
The Preliminary Round tournament of the Americas in the 2012 FINA Women's World League will start on Monday morning, being held on different places and even cities. One match per day will be played in the morning at Los Alamitos as well. The second match of the day, including three of the four US matches will take place at the city of Commerce and two different venues in Irvine, the Beckman High School Pool and the huge Woollett Aquatics Center. The daily change of the venues is bringing back the idea of an exhibition event – this was one of the reasons why the World League was founded one decade ago. USA and Canada will be back in action again to be joined by the 2016 Olympic Games host Brazil. As usual, the top two of this group advance to this year’s Super Final to be held in China again.
 
 
 
Holiday Cup 2012 –Women’s Four-Nation-Tournament at Los Alamitos, CA
 
Schedule
 
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
18:45 USA vs. Italy
20:00 Canada vs. Greece

Thursday, 16 February 2012
18:45 USA vs. Canada   
20:00 Italy vs. Greece

Friday, 17 February 2012
18:45 USA vs. Greece   
20:00 Italy vs. Canada
 
Saturday, 18 February 2012
16:30 Semi-final 1
18:00 Semi-final 2
 
Sunday, 19 February 2012
16:30 Game for 3rd place
18:00 Game for 1st place  
  
Matches of the final day to be webcasted live on www.universalsports.com.
 
 
 
FINA Women's World League 2012
 
Preliminary Round of the Americas at Southern California
 
Monday, 20 February 2012
10:30 USA vs. Brazil – at Los Alamitos, CA
19:00 USA vs. Canada – at Commerce, CA
 
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
10:30 Canada vs. Brazil – at Los Alamitos, CA
19:00 USA vs. Brazil – at Irvine, CA (Beckman High School)
 
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
10:30 Canada vs. Brazil – at Los Alamitos, CA
19:45 USA vs. Canada – at Irvine, CA (Woollett Aquatics Center)

N. b.: all starting times are local times (= CET – 9 hours)

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