Team profile


The USA are out to defend their 2014 title, making their 16th appearance this year at the FIVB World Championships. Their 2014 gold, following a 3-1 win over China in the final, was their first in the history of the competition, after two silver and two bronze. 
Success has not just been limited to the World Championship. The USA have also won three silver and two bronze medals at the Olympic Games, although the gold medal still eludes them. Their latest podium finish came at the Rio 2016 Games, after defeating the Netherlands 3-1 in the bronze medal match.
The North Americans are reigning Pan-American Games champions, following a 3-0 win over Brazil in the final of Toronto 2015. They have been on the podium of the NORCECA Championship in every single edition that they have competed in, except for 2009 when they finished fourth. This includes gold medals in the last three editions.
The USA are second only to Brazil in FIVB World Grand Prix gold medals, having collected six - the last coming in 2015 at home in Omaha. Additionally, they have also won two bronze medals and one silver medal in the event.
This year the USA topped the standings of the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League pool play, with a 13-2 record and went on to win the historic title, beating Finals hosts China 3-1, followed by a 3-2 win over Turkey in the final at Nanjing. Can they make it a golden year by claiming a second consecutive World Championship?


Karch Kiraly

Karch Kiraly

Volleyball legend Charles 'Karch' Kiraly, widely considered the best player of all time, was promoted from assistant to head coach of the US women’s team in 2012 and is now continues with the programme through to the Tokyo 2024 Olympic Games. He led USA to their first World Grand Prix gold medal in 2015 on home soil in Omaha. Kiraly also found success as a coach in other tournaments, leading the United States to gold at the 2014 FIVB World Championship and a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics. As a player, Kiraly is the only player to have won Olympic gold in both indoor and beach volleyball.


  • Team Manager James Stitz
  • Assistant coach Slabe Luka
  • Second Assistant Coach Miyashiro Tamari
  • Doctor Lee Christopher
  • Physiotherapist Kara Kessans





Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 5 6 3 2.000 202 177 1.141
2 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 4 5 0.800 183 201 0.910
2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 6 0.666 207 214 0.967