The top three of twelve teams at this event will advance to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, starting 24th July - 9th August.
Immense pressure will be on Croatia, having won gold in 2012 and silver in 2016. The Croats have competed in every games since their independence in 1991.
Greece is considered a powerhouse in the current landscape of men's waterpolo and have represented in fifteen Olympiades but never come away with any medals.
Montenegro have competed in only three Olympics, first being in 2008 where they finished fourth and the toughest of all, they finished fourth in 2012 and 2016.
Germany have competed at sixteen Olympic Games and tasted victory in 1928, followed by two silvers('36,'48) and went onto win bronze in 1984. The Germans haven't qualified for the Olympics since 2008.
Russia as a nation have played in only three Olympics, won silver on 2000 and bronze 2004, failed to qualify since.
Canada have played four Olympic Games, the last being in 2008.
Argentina have played four Olympics, last being 1960.
Netherlands have represented in sixteen games having won bronze in 1948 and 1976. They last qualified in 2000.
Brazil have played in seven Olympics, last being in Rio where they qualified as hosts.
Georgia have never played at an Olympic Games but have shown much promise at the recent European Championships in Budapest finishing 10th under the reigns of Olympic silver/bronze medalist Revaz Chomakhidze.
Two Asian nations will join the comp, but is to be determined by the outcome of the Asian Championships (TBA)
One would expect the top three nations of Croatia, Montenegro and Greece to advance through, but with the draw for the event (11th of February) may have teams meeting up in the semi finals round, knocking out dreams and hopes of nations.By Simon Daley @academywaterpolo