The 16 teams are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.
The top-four ranked teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals that will be played cross-over. The first-place team in each preliminary-round group plays the fourth-place team of the other group, while the second-place team plays the third-place team of the other group. 1A-4B, 2A-3B, 1B-4A, 2B-3A. The winning teams advance to the semi-finals.
Both semi-final games will be played at Lanxess Arena in Cologne/GER.
The winning teams of the semi-final games advance to the gold medal game while the semi-final losing teams play for bronze.
The overall bottom ranked two teams will be relegated to the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A.
The teams promoted to the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will be the top-two teams of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A.
Three Point System
For all games points shall be awarded as follows:
- 3 points for the winning team at the conclusion of regulation time
- 1 point for both teams at the conclusion of regulation time if the game is tied
- An additional point earned for the team winning the game in a 5-minute overtime period, or the Penalty-Shot Shootout Procedure if the teams are still tied following conclusion of the overtime period
- 0 points for the team losing the game in regulation time
If a game is tied at the end of regulation time, a five-minute overtime period shall be played. The teams will change ends for the overtime period. The game will end when the five minutes has expired or when a goal is scored; the scoring team will be declared the winner. If no goal is scored in the overtime period then the Game Winning Shots Procedure will apply. All overtime periods of any IIHF game shall be played with each team at the numerical strength of three (3) skaters and one (1) goalkeeper for games of the preliminary round.
Overtime procedure in Play-Off Games:
- In case of a tie at the conclusion of regulation time in a Relegation Playoff, Placement Playoff, Quarter Final, Semi Final and Bronze Medal Game, there will be a 10-minute sudden-death overtime period played, following a three-minute intermission.
- The teams will change ends for the overtime period.
- The overtime period shall be played with each team at the numerical strength of four (4) skaters and one (1) goalkeeper.
- The team, which scores a goal during this period is the winner.
- In the Gold Medal game there will be a 20-minute sudden-death overtime period, following a 15-minute intermission during which the ice will be resurfaced.
- The teams will change ends.
- The overtime period shall be played with each team at the numerical strength of five (5) skaters and one (1) goalkeeper.
- The team which scores a goal during this period is declared winner.
- If no goal is scored during the sudden-death overtime, there will be Penalty-Shot Shootout according to the Penalty-Shot Shootout Procedure.
Penalty-Shot Shootout Procedure
If no goal is scored in the overtime period then the Penalty-Shot Shootout (PSS) procedure will apply. The following procedure will be utilized:
- Three different shooters from each team - five in playoff and medal games - will take alternate shots, until a decisive goal is scored.
- If the game is still tied after three shots (respectively five in playoff and medal games) by each team, the PSS will continue with a tie-break shoot out by one player of each team, with a reversed shooting order. The same or new players can take the tie-break shots.
- The same player can also be used for each shot by a team in the tie-break shoot-out.
- Only the decisive goal will count in the result of the game.
- Shots will be taken at both ends of the ice. The area of the ice to be used will be dry scraped.
- A coin toss will determine which team takes the first shot, with the winner of the toss having the choice whether his team will shoot first or second.
- Any player whose penalty was not over when overtime ended cannot take the shots and must stay in the penalty box or in the dressing room.
- Once named, players may only be replaced in the event of injury or penalty.
- The substitute stand-by player is placed last in the shooting order.
- The goalkeepers will defend the same goal, as determined by the Referee. The goalkeepers from each team may be changed after each shot.
- The players of both teams will take the shots alternately until a decisive goal is scored.
- The decisive goal will be credited to the player who scored and to the goalkeeper concerned.
Tie breaking formula
The tie-breaking system for two teams with the same number of points in a standing will be the game between the two teams, the winner of the game taking precedence.
Due to the fact that the three-point system does not allow a game to end in a tie, then the following tie breaking procedure is applicable when three or more teams are tied in points in a Championship standing.
Should three or more teams be tied on points, then a tie breaking formula will be applied as follows, creating a sub-group amongst the tied teams. This process will continue until only two or none of the teams remain tied. In the case of two tied teams remaining, the game between the two would then be the determining tie-breaker as the game could not end as a tie. In the case of none of the teams being tied, the criteria specified in the respective step applies.
Step 1: Taking into consideration the games between each of the tied teams, a sub-group is created applying the points awarded in the direct games amongst the tied teams from which the teams are then ranked accordingly.
Step 2: Should three or more teams still remain tied in points then the better goal difference in the direct games amongst the tied teams will be decisive.
Step 3: Should three or more teams still remain tied in points and goal difference then the highest number of goals scored by these teams in their direct games will be decisive
Step 4: Should three or more teams still remain tied in points, goal difference and goals scored then the results between each of the three teams and the closest best-ranked team outside the sub-group will be applied. In this case the tied team with the best result (1. points, 2. goal difference, 3. more goals scored) against the closest best ranked-team will take precedence
Step 5: Should the teams still remain tied, then the results between each of the three teams and the next highest best-ranked team outside the sub-group will be applied.
Step 6: Should the teams still remain tied after these five steps have been exercised then Sport considerations will be applied and the teams will be ranked by their positions coming into the Championship (seeding).
Final Ranking / World Ranking
The gold medal game and bronze medal game will determine the final ranking for the top-4 teams. The eliminated teams from the preliminary round plus the losing teams of the quarter-finals will be ranked following their positions in the groups preceding the quarter-final round.
The final ranking will follow the following procedure:
1. Higher position in the group,
2. Higher number of points,
3. Better goal difference,
4. Higher number of goals scored for,
5. Better seeding number
The IIHF World Ranking will be produced after the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. It is based on the rankings of the four most recent IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships and of the last Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament (including qualification tournaments).
Click here for more information on the IIHF World Ranking system.
Click here to download the IIHF’s Rule Book and Sport Regulations.
- The teams submit the names of the participating players at the first Championship Directorate.
- The maximum number of players allowed on a Team Registration Form at the beginning of the World Championship is 22 skaters and 3 goalies. The minimum is 15 skaters and 2 goalies.
- At the first Directorate meeting, the teams must name at least the minimum number of 15 skaters and 2 goalkeepers. The players entered must be present at the championship venue by the time of the Directorate meeting.
- The remaining players up to the allowed maximum of 22 + 3 must be submitted for players' control two hours before any of the following championship games. Players can be added throughout the tournament until the roster is full.
- During a game, a team may enter (dress) 20 skaters and 2 goalkeepers on the Official Game Sheet, with the emergency goalkeeper standing by if a goalie entered to the Official Game Sheet is unable to play.
To play in the IIHF World Championship, the Olympic ice hockey tournament and the qualifications to these competitions, players must fulfill the following qualification requirements:
- Each player must be under the jurisdiction of an IIHF member national association
- Each player must be a citizen of the country he represents.
Acquiring a new national eligibility (The ‘two-year’ case)
When a player has changed his citizenship or has acquired another citizenship and wants to participate for the first time in an IIHF competition representing his new country he must:
- Prove that he has participated for at least two consecutive hockey seasons and 16 consecutive months (480 days) in the national competitions of his new country after his 10th birthday during which period he has neither transferred to another country nor played ice hockey within any other country.
- Have an international transfer card (ITC) that shows the transfer to the national competition of his new country and which was approved and dated at least two years before the start of the IIHF competition in which he wishes to participate.
Change of national eligibility (The ‘four-year’ case)
A player, who has previously participated in IIHF competition, can switch national eligibility (but only once in a player's life) if:
- He is a citizen of the new country of his choice.
- He has participated for at least four consecutive years (1460 days) in the national competitions of his new country, during which period he has neither transferred to another country nor played ice hockey within any other country and has not played for his previous country in an IIHF competition during this four year period.
- He has an international transfer card (ITC) that shows the transfer to the national competition of his new country and which was approved and dated at least four years before the start of the IIHF competition in which he wishes to participate.
The 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will be held for the 3rd time in Cologne and the 2nd time in Paris. The tournament days are from 5th to 21st of May in 2017. The preliminary round will be played in both cities. The top-four teams in each preliminary round group will advance to the Quarter-Finals. The Quarter-Finals will be played across the groups, if Germany and France play each other in the Quarter-Finals, no cross-overs. The Semi-Finals, the Bronze Medal and Gold Medal Game will be played in Cologne.
LANXESS arena, Cologne
Situated in the heart of Cologne, Germany‘s media capital in the River Rhine Valley, the LANXESS arena offers a new dimension for indoor events. With a future oriented concept it operates one of the largest, sophisticated and most frequented multi-purpose arenas in Europe. The spacious glass construction, which is towered over by a 76-metre-high steel structure, the LANXESS arena offers well over 170 various events per year with a compact program of superstars, large events from the international music, show, sports scene and also business events from 10 to 20,000 visitors. The LANXESS arena also has the ideal prerequisites for staging events of all kinds by a variable room portioning concept.
Total space: 83 700 sq m
Space indoor: 4 000 sq m
Space outdoor: 10 000 sq m
Exhibition space: 6 000 sq m
Number of people indoor: 20,000
Ice Hockey: 18,500
AccorHotels Arena, Paris
The AccorHotels Arena is the largest multi-purpose arena in France with a seating capacity of 13,437 for hockey, and 12 million inhabitants in a radius of 100 km. The arena has been renovated in 2015.
This arena is one of the most popular sports-culture centres sought after by many international artists, games, concerts and other events. In 2017 it will also welcome host to the 25th IHF Men’s World Championship of Handball.
One of the five biggest arenas in the world
30 different setups (sport events, concerts)
130 events by year
Entirely renovated in October 2015.
Total space renovated: 80 000 sq m
Hospitalities area: 4 000 sq m
Number of people indoor: 20,300 seats
Ice Hockey setup: 13,437
Please find here all hospitality offers for Cologne during the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
|IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships|
|1924||Canada||USA||Great Britain||Chamonix (Olympics)|
|1928||Canada||Sweden||Switzerland||St. Moritz (Olympics)|
|1930||Canada||Germany||Switzerland||Chamonix, Berlin, Vienna|
|1932||Canada||USA||Germany||Lake Placid (Olympics)|
|1936||Great Britain||Canada||USA||Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Olympics)|
|1940-1946 No championships (World War II)|
|1948||Canada||Czechoslovakia||Switzerland||St. Moritz (Olympics)|
|1953||Sweden||FR Germany||Switzerland||Zurich, Basle|
|1955||Canada||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia||Krefeld, Dortmund, Cologne|
|1956||Soviet Union||USA||Canada||Cortina (Olympics)|
|1959||Canada||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia||Prague, Bratislava|
|1960||USA||Canada||Soviet Union||Squaw Valley (Olympics)|
|1961||Canada||Czechoslovakia||Soviet Union||Geneva, Lausanne|
|1962||Sweden||Canada||USA||Colorado Springs, Denver|
|1964||Soviet Union||Sweden||Czechoslovakia||Innsbruck (Olympics)|
|1968||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia||Canada||Grenoble (Olympics)|
|1971||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia||Sweden||Berne, Geneva|
|1975||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia||Sweden||Munich, Dusseldorf|
|1981||Soviet Union||Sweden||Czechoslovakia||Gothenburg, Stockholm|
|1982||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia||Canada||Helsinki, Tampere|
|1983||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia||Canada||Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Munich|
|1989||Soviet Union||Canada||Czechoslovakia||Stockholm, Sodertalje|
|1990||Soviet Union||Sweden||Czechoslovakia||Berne, Fribourg|
|1991||Sweden||Canada||Soviet Union||Turku, Helsinki, Tampere|
|1993||Russia||Sweden||Czech Republic||Dortmund, Munich|
|1994||Canada||Finland||Sweden||Bolzano, Canazei, Milan|
|1997||Canada||Sweden||Czech Republic||Helsinki, Turku, Tampere|
|1998||Sweden||Finland||Czech Republic||Zurich, Basle|
|1999||Czech Republic||Finland||Sweden||Oslo, Lillehammer, Hamar|
|2000||Czech Republic||Slovakia||Finland||St. Petersburg|
|2001||Czech Republic||Finland||Sweden||Cologne, Hanover, Nuremberg|
|2002||Slovakia||Russia||Sweden||Gothenburg, Karlstad, Jonkoping|
|2003||Canada||Sweden||Slovakia||Helsinki, Turku, Tampere|
|2005||Czech Republic||Canada||Russia||Vienna, Innsbruck|
|2008||Russia||Canada||Finland||Quebec City, Halifax|
|2010||Czech Republic||Russia||Sweden||Cologne, Mannheim, Gelsenkirchen|
|2011||Finland||Sweden||Czech Republic||Bratislava, Kosice|
|2012||Russia||Slovakia||Czech Republic||Helsinki, Stockholm|
|2016||Canada||Finland||Russia||Moscow, St. Petersburg|
|All Olympic Ice Hockey Tournaments between 1920 and 1968 also counted as World Championships.|
|In the Olympic years 1980, 1984 and 1988, no IIHF World Championships were staged.|
|IIHF Ice Hockey European Championships|
|1910||Great Britain||Germany||Belgium||Les Avants|
|1915-1920 No championships (World War I)|
|1921||Sweden||Czechoslovakia||(only two teams)||Stockholm|
|1925||Czechoslovakia||Austria||Switzerland||Strbske Pleso, Stary Smokovec|
|Berlin 1932 was the last separate IIHF European Championship event.|
|European Championships medals were awarded to the European participants of the IIHF World Championships until 1991.
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