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IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship
Current season or competition:
2009 IIHF Men's InLine Hockey World Championship
Sport Inline hockey
Founded 1996
No. of teams 8 in the Top Division
8 in Division I
Most recent champion(s)  Sweden
Official website IIHF.com

The IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship is an annual event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation. The 14th championship will be held between June 6 and June 13, 2009 in Ingolstadt, Germany.



The IIHF In-Line Hockey World Championship is one of the youngest IIHF events, but one that has largely grown in importance since its inception in 1996. In-Line Hockey as a sport has grown rapidly since 1996 and now more nations than ever are fielding teams and the World Championship is becoming increasingly more competitive.

During the first three years of the IIHF In-Line Hockey World Championship, North American teams dominated the field. The United States and Canada finished in first and second place at each of the first three championships, in which the United States played host to each year.

In 1998, the format of the tournament changed and so, for the first time, did the gold medalist. The tournament was expanded to include two groups, one with the top eight teams in Anaheim, California and the other group, with the next eight nations, hosted in Bratislava, Slovakia. This was one of the earliest signs of In-Line Hockey’s growing popularity around the globe. Canada upset the two-time world champion and hosts, Team USA, for the gold medal.

The 2000 World Championship was the first true shift in the standings to Europe’s advantage. Finland finally upgraded its bronze medal and went home with the gold after defeating the hosts, the Czech Republic, in the final game. Team USA closed out the medal winners with a bronze medal. The 2000 World Championship also featured New Zealand and Chile in the world championship mix for the first time. Overall, the 2000 tournament had teams from four continents (North America, South America, Europe and Australia) represented.

In 2001, Finland won the gold medal for the second straight year, edging out the host again, this time, Team USA. The Czech Republic took home a medal for the second straight year, earning the bronze medal and again four continents were represented.

In 2002, Sweden emerged from out of nowhere to win its first-ever medal, which proved to be gold. The highest the Swede’s had ever finished in the A Group previously was fifth and it was just Sweden’s third season in the top Group. That year, Germany gave the fans in Nurnberg something to cheer about, earning its first-ever medal at the In-Line Hockey World Championship, a bronze medal effort.

In 2003, it was Finland squeaking past Sweden in the final game, while Team USA returned to the podium, claiming the bronze medal.


The modern format for the World Championships features a minimum of 16 teams: 8 teams in the Top Divisions and 8 teams in Division I. If there are more than 16 teams, the rest compete in Division I as well.

In the Preliminary round the 16 teams are split into 4 groups (Groups A through D) with Groups A and B forming the Top Division, and the Groups C and D forming Division I. The teams play each other in a round robin format, and the top 3 teams in Groups A and B advance to the Top Division playoffs. The two last-placed teams in Groups A and B and the two first-placed teams of Groups C and D play for the 4th placed in Group A and B to participate in the Top Division playoffs. The losers of those games play as first-placed teams in Groups C and D to participate in the Division I playoffs. The playoffs for the Top Division and Division I are a knockout playoff stage. In the quarterfinals the first place team from one group plays the fourth place team from the other group, and the second place team from one group plays the third place team from the other group. The winners advance to the semifinals. The winners of the semifinals advance to the Gold medal game, and the losers advance to the Bronze medal game.

The IIHF consists of 2 tournaments. The Top Division tournament is the main one and below that is the Division I tournament. At the end of the tournament the best seven teams of the Top Division and the winner of Division I will be qualified for the next year's IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship Top Division. The last-placed team of the Top Division will be relegated to the next year's IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship Division I.

The ranking of the groups is based according to the result of the last World Championships performance of the respective countries in the IIHF InLine Hockey Program and the qualification rounds.

All games in the preliminary round and in the playoffs will be played with 5-minute sudden-death overtime and a penalty shootout in case of a tie. The final games will be played with a 12- minute sudden-death overtime, followed by a penalty shootout competition in case of a tie.


As of 2009, the IIHF InLine Hockey World Championships are split up into two different divisions. This is the alignment of the divisions, accurate as of the 2008 IIHF InLine World Ranking. Teams that are not ranked are not included here, for a full list of IIHF members, see List of members of the International Ice Hockey Federation.


GreenUpArrow.svg Promoted
Yellow-Circle.svg Never been promoted/relegated (started in that division)
RedDownArrow.svg Relegated

Top Division

The Top Division comprises the top eight inline hockey nations in the world. The 14th championship will be held between June 6 and June 13 2009 in Ingolstadt, Germany. An IIHF rule is that the host of the next tournament can not be relegated, which is in place to help make a tournament more successful.

Nation Group
(as of 2009)
IIHF Ranking
(as of 2008)
Member of
IIHF since
Member of
division since
 Austria Group A 8 1912 GreenUpArrow.svg 2010
 Canada Group B 16 1920 GreenUpArrow.svg 2009
 Czech Republic Group B 6 1908 Yellow-Circle.svg 1996
 Finland Group A 4 1928 Yellow-Circle.svg 1996
 Germany Group B 2 1909 Yellow-Circle.svg 1996
 Slovenia Group A 7 1992 Yellow-Circle.svg 2001
 Sweden Group A 1 1912 Yellow-Circle.svg 1998
 United States Group B 3 1920 Yellow-Circle.svg 1996

Division I

Eight teams comprise Division I. They are broken into two groups.

Nation Group
(as of 2009)
IIHF Ranking
(as of 2008)
Member of
IIHF since
Member of
division since
 Australia Group C 12 1938 RedDownArrow.svg 2003
 Brazil Group D 9 1984 RedDownArrow.svg 2003
 Great Britain Group D 10 1908 RedDownArrow.svg 2003
 Hungary Group C 11 1927 RedDownArrow.svg 2003
 Japan Group D 13 1930 RedDownArrow.svg 2003
 Slovakia Group C 5 1993 RedDownArrow.svg 2010
Teams attempting to qualify in 2010
Nation IIHF Ranking
(as of 2008)
Member of
IIHF since
 Argentina 20 1998 GreenUpArrow.svg 2009
 Bulgaria 17 1960 GreenUpArrow.svg 2009
 Chinese Taipei 22 1983 RedDownArrow.svg 2009
 Croatia 19 1992 GreenUpArrow.svg 2009
 Israel new 1991 GreenUpArrow.svg 2009
 South Africa 18 1992 RedDownArrow.svg 2009
Ranked teams not participating in 2009
Nation IIHF Ranking
(as of 2008)
Member of
IIHF since
Not Participated
 Belgium 23 1908 RedDownArrow.svg 2004
 Chile 24 2000 RedDownArrow.svg 2002
 Italy 27 1924 RedDownArrow.svg 1998
 Namibia 15 1998 RedDownArrow.svg 2009
 Netherlands 25 1935 RedDownArrow.svg 2000
 New Zealand 14 1977 RedDownArrow.svg 2008
 Portugal 21 1999 RedDownArrow.svg 2005
 Russia 28 1952 RedDownArrow.svg 1998
 Switzerland 26 1908 RedDownArrow.svg 1998
 Ireland new 2009 Yellow-Circle.svg never
 Turkey new 1991 Yellow-Circle.svg never

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