2019 Women’s World Championship Schedule Released

The schedule for the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship was today announced for the tournament taking place in Espoo, Finland, which for the first time in history sees the field of contenders expand to ten, welcoming both Japan and France into the fold.

The games will be split amongst the two rinks at Metro Areena, with Switzerland gaining promotion to the top group (along with Canada, the United States, Finland and Russia), while Japan and France join Czechia, Germany and Sweden in Group B. The format change now means that all five Group A teams will advance to the Quarterfinals against Group B’s top three squads, while the bottom two will play to avoid relegation to Division IA in 2010.

The tournament schedule is as follows:

GROUP A – 🇨🇦 🇫🇮 🇷🇺 🇨🇭 🇺🇸 GROUP B – 🇨🇿 🇫🇷 🇩🇪 🇯🇵 🇸🇪
Thursday, 4 April
🇨🇦 Canada vs. Switzerland 🇨🇭
🇫🇮 Finland vs. United States 🇺🇸
🇩🇪 Germany vs. Sweden 🇸🇪
🇫🇷 France vs. Japan 🇯🇵
Friday, 5 April
🇷🇺 Russia vs. Switzerland 🇨🇭 🇨🇿 Czechia vs. France 🇫🇷
Saturday, 6 April
🇫🇮 Finland vs. Russia 🇷🇺
🇨🇦 Canada vs. United States 🇺🇸
🇨🇿 Czechia vs. Sweden 🇸🇪
🇩🇪 Germany vs. Japan 🇯🇵
Sunday, 7 April
🇨🇭 Switzerland vs. United States 🇺🇸 🇫🇷 France vs. Sweden 🇸🇪
Monday, 8 April
🇫🇮 Finland vs. Switzerland 🇨🇭
🇨🇦 Canada vs. Russia 🇷🇺
🇨🇿 Czechia vs. Japan 🇯🇵
🇫🇷 France vs. Germany 🇩🇪
Tuesday, 9 April
🇷🇺 Russia vs. United States 🇺🇸
🇨🇦 Canada vs. Finland 🇫🇮
🇯🇵 Japan vs. Sweden 🇸🇪
🇨🇿 Czechia vs. Germany 🇩🇪
Thursday, 11 April
Quarterfinal #1
Quarterfinal #2
Quarterfinal #3
Quarterfinal #4
9th Place Game
Saturday, 13 April
Semifinal #1
Semifinal #2
Sunday, 14 April
Gold Medal Game
Bronze Medal Game

The IHLC champion should be known by November’s Four Nations Cup in Saskatchewan, Canada, as unlike Olympic years there will be no exhibition series leading up to the Worlds. Unless of course Sweden or Finland can play spoiler in Canada, in which case the IHLC will enter the Worlds without Canada or the U.S. for the first time in history! And can one of the newcomers make a splash like Germany at last year’s tournament and perhaps capture the title in Espoo? We will see!

Photo Credit: 2017 Women’s World Championship – IIHFHHOFIOC


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