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 – canada1965-11 finland-11 russia-11 switzerland-11 usa-11 GROUP B – czech-11  germany1920to33and49-11  sweden-11
Thursday, April 4
canada1965-11 Canada vs. Switzerland switzerland-11
finland-11 Finland vs. United States usa-11
germany1920to33and49-11 Germany vs. Sweden sweden-11
 France vs. Japan 
Friday, April 5
russia-11 Russia vs. Switzerland switzerland-11 czech-11 Czechia vs. France 
Saturday, April 6
finland-11 Finland vs. Russia russia-11
canada1965-11 Canada vs. United States usa-11
czech-11 Czechia vs. Sweden sweden-11
germany1920to33and49-11 Germany vs. Japan 
Sunday, April 7
switzerland-11 Switzerland vs. United States usa-11  France vs. Sweden sweden-11
Monday, April 8
finland-11 Finland vs. Switzerland switzerland-11
canada1965-11 Canada vs. Russia russia-11
czech-11 Czechia vs. Japan 
 France vs. Germany germany1920to33and49-11
Tuesday, April 9
russia-11 Russia vs. United States usa-11
canada1965-11 Canada vs. Finland finland-11
 Japan vs. Sweden sweden-11
czech-11 Czechia vs. Germany germany1920to33and49-11
Thursday, April 11
Quarterfinal #1
Quarterfinal #2
Quarterfinal #3
Quarterfinal #4
9th Place Game
Saturday, April 13
Semifinal #1
Semifinal #2
Sunday, April 14
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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