WSB Regular Season Group and Playoff Calendars19 July 2014
The official Group Draw and fixtures Calendar for the World Series of Boxing (WSB) Season V took place on July 16th in Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, at the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) Executive Committee Meeting.
Season V will also see a number of important innovations taking place, including the increase in the number of franchises from 12 to 16. WSB welcomes Morocco and Venezuela into Season V, as well as the return to WSB of a franchise from China, who fielded the Beijing Dragons in Seasons I and II. A remaining candidate, yet to be named, will be unveiled shortly by the WSB. This remaining franchise appears in the Draw Results under the name ‘WSB’.S
The Season V calendar will see a change in format due to the arrival of the new teams, with the regular season being expanded from ten to 14 weeks.
Advantages in the play-offs, the tournament’s knockout phase, will be given to the best performing teams in the regular season. Only two quarter-finals will be featured, with three top-ranked teams from each group advancing to the play-offs, and the number one ranked teams will go straight through to the semi-finals.
The format of the play-offs will be the same as the finals in previous WSB Seasons: the teams will play in one location at home over two consecutive evenings.
In quarter-final matches, the second ranked teams will have the advantage of hosting these ties at home.
This same format will be applied to the semi-finals, when the top ranked teams from the regular season who qualified directly to the semi-final stage will host the winners of the quarter-finals at home.
Season V of WSB will carry extra significance, with 17 boxers qualifying directly from the competition for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games through the final WSB Individual Boxers Ranking at the end of the regular season.
Those qualifying will be the boxers ranked first and second in categories from Flyweight to Light Heavyweight, and boxers at the top of the rankings at Light Flyweight, Heavyweight and Super Heavyweight.