After the last World Tour tournament at SOGIPA in 2022 and the continental championships, the participants for the World Tour Finals 2023 have finally been determined. The host of the World Tour Finals 2023 will be announced shortly. The World Tour was dominated by the Brazilian teams this year. With Sociedade Ginástica Novo Hamburgo and SOGIPA, both winners are from Brazil.
Sociedade Ginastica Novo Hamburgo in the men’s category and SOGIPA in the women’s category are the champions in this year’s IFA World Tour. SG Novo Hamburgo gained 3.900 points and played 9 tournaments in total, but only the 5 tournaments with the highest number of points count for the World Tour Ranking.
SOGIPA collected 3.500 points and played 6 tournaments in total. SOGIPA managed the feat of winning all the tournaments in which they participated including the World Tour Finals and Pan-American Cup 2022 – a perfect season for the team from Porto Alegre.
Qualified for the World Tour Finals 2023 are the following teams:
• Champions Cup winner 2022: Union Tigers Vöcklabruck (AUT)
• Pan-America winner: SG Novo Hamburgo (BRA)
• North-American Championship winner: SSC – Swim and Sport Club (USA)
• Defending champion from 2022: TSV Pfungstadt (GER)
Additionally, to these teams, the best 2 teams of the World Tour Ranking 2022 will qualify for the World Tour Finals 2023. As Novo Hamburgo is already qualified as Pan-American Champion, the 3rd ranked team qualified as well.
As the first four of 8 starting places have been awarded to Vöcklabruck, Pfungstadt, SSC and Novo Hamburgo, the best 3 teams in the men’s World Tour Ranking can look forward to participating in the World Tour Finals next year:
– SOGIPA Porto Alegre (BRA) (2nd place in the World Tour Ranking)
– DSG UKJ Froschberg (AUT) (3rd place in the World Tour Ranking)
– UFG Grieskirchen/Pötting (AUT) (4th place in the World Tour Ranking)
The host club is automatically qualified in the men’s or women’s competition of the World Tour Finals 2023 (criteria: highest national league). As the host is not clear yet, currently only 7 teams are fixed. That means either the organizer or Clube Duque de Caxias (BRA, 6th place in the World Tour Ranking) will take the eighth starting place.
• Champions Cup winner 2022: TV Jahn Schneverdingen (GER)
• Pan-America winner as well as defending champion of 2022: SOGIPA (BRA)
Additionally, the best female teams of the World Tour Ranking 2022 are qualified:
– TSV Dennach (GER) (2nd place in the World Tour Ranking)
– ASKÖ Seekirchen (AUT) (3rd place in the World Tour Ranking)
– Vfl Kellinghusen (GER) (4th place in the World Tour Ranking)
– SGNH Novo Hamburgo (BRA) (5th place in the World Tour Ranking)
– Duque de Caxias (BRA) (6th place in the World Tour Ranking)
Because the host club is not fixed yet, Union Nussbach (AUT, 7th place in the World Tour Ranking) is currently in a waiting position if they are qualified as the eighth participating team or not.