Slovenia will make their debut in Group 3 of the FIVB Volleyball World League after an impressive performance in 2015 when they finished as runners-up in the European Championship under Italian coach Andrea Giani. Slovenia caused one of the biggest upsets in the competition, defeating favourites Italy in a semifinal, after beating world champions Poland in the quarterfinals. Slovenia went down in the final in straight sets to 2015 World League winners France but nonetheless, they improved their status in the FIVB world ranking from 39th to 25th place.
The Slovenian squad have set one goal for the season – to win Group 3 of the 2016 World League. Coach Giani’s team will prepare locally in Kranjska Gora, then proceed to Montes Claros, Brazil for their foreign preparations with Bernardo Rezende’s team.