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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
IIHF Inline Hockey World Championships
July 9-16, 2005
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
To be announced
To be announced
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