Canada stunned the world in 2017 by making the Final Six of the FIVB World League, eliminating Russia in pool play. After losing to eventual champions France in the semi-finals, Canada knocked out arch-rivals USA 3-1 to win the bronze medal, the national team's best achievement to date in international volleyball.
Their best World League finish prior to last year’s bronze was fifth place, and the team followed that up by finishing seventh in this year's inaugural Volleyball Nations League, posting an 8-7 record.
Canada's other notable achievements include a fourth-place finish at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games, and two bronze medals at the Pan American Games in 1979 and 1999. The team has participated in four Olympic Games, most recently finishing in fifth place finish at Rio 2016.
Canada hosted the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, where they beat Puerto Rico to win the bronze medal. They also competed at the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup, where they finished seventh.
Canada will make their 11th appearance at the FIVB World Championship this year, having been an ever-present since 1990. Following their debut in 1974, Canada’s best World Championship finish to date came in 2014 when they finished in seventh place. Fans will be hoping that the team can build upon their experience from four years ago and make a charge towards the podium this time around.