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2005 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championships

Information about the 2005 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championships, an event organized and sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation and scheduled to take place July 9-16 in Kuopio, Finland
WHAT: IIHF Inline Hockey World Championships
WHEN: July 9-16, 2005
WEB SITE: IIHF.com - Inline

From the Event Organizers

For the first time ever, Finland will host the IIHF World InLine Hockey Championship. The annual event will be held in the northern city of Kuopio from July 9-16.

Two arenas will host the 16 participating nations. Niirala Main Arena will be the primary venue and has a capacity of 5,000, while Kuopio-halli will be the second venue with a capacity of 2,300. Finland is the defending silver medallist of the InLine Hockey World Championship after USA captured the gold last year.

Kuopio is approximately 350 km north of Helsinki and is a first-time host of any IIHF World Championship event.

Germany has hosted the IIHF InLine Hockey World championship for the last three years. It was in Germany that the current format, with 16 teams, was adopted. The same format will be used at this year?s championship.

The 16 teams will be split into a Top Division and a Division I group. The top eight teams will be split into two groups of four for a round robin, while the same will happen in the Division I level. The two last-place teams from the top division round robin and the two first place teams from the Division I round robin will play a qualification game for the right to move, or stay, among the best eight teams.

After the qualification game, there will be a playoff in each group to determine the medallists at each level. Since the new format was adopted, no Division I team has earned the right to play among the top eight teams, however, the gap has been closing between the two levels.

The medal games will be played on July 16. A complete schedule will be announced by IIHF at a later date.

A and B Championships
The 2005 IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship will include a maximum of 16 teams divided into the A-Pool and B-Pool World Championships. Seeding for the pools is based on the results of the 2004 IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship. The A Pool will feature the eight highest ranked teams from the 2004 World Championship while the B Pool will include the next five lower ranked teams as well as the three newly qualified teams. For the preliminary round of the 2005 IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship, the A Pool and the B Pool will each be divided into two groups of four teams based on their rankings. Following round-robin play within each group, the two lowest ranked teams from the A Pool and the top two teams from the B Pool will face off as part of play-in games to determine their pools for the playoff round.

A Teams
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Germany
  • Slovakia
  • Czech Republic
  • Austria
  • Slovenia
  • United States

  • B Teams
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Hungary
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
  • To be announced
  • To be announced
  • To be announced

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