Tomorrow, the U19 men’s World Floorball Championships start. Here’s what you can expect on day 1!
The tournament is played in Halifax, Canada and this leads to some late night games. Tomorrow’s games will be played between 15:00h and 0:00h CET. All of the games are from the group stage.
The tournament is split up into two divisions: A and B. The top 8 countries play in group A, while the other eight play in B. The goal in group B is to win the division in order to get relegated to group A. Winner of group A is the World Champion – but you might have understood that already!
Tomorrow, at 15:00h, Latvia faces Norway and Russia meets Japan. The Norwegians were promoted in 2017 by winning the B-division, while Latvia finished at fifth place. The Latvians are the favorites, but Norway will definitely show they truly belong in this division. Russia didn’t compete at the 2017 WFC, so they too might be eager to show what they got. Japan has to be careful: the team finished at last place two years ago.
The games continue directly after with, at 18:00h, Slovenia against New Zealand and Finland vs. Switzerland. The Fins are the current world champions, but it’s always tough to play against Switzerland. The Swiss surely want to get a medal at least, after their fourth place in 2017. New Zealand an Slovenia are both new to this stage as both teams missed out the last WFC.
At 21:00h, the home audience can start warming up a bit as neighboring country USA gets on the field, to face Poland. The Poles sadly relegated to the B-division after finishing last in the A-division two years ago, while the USA finished second-to-last in division B. In the meantime, 2017’s runner-up Sweden faces the keeper of the bronze medal: the Czech Republic.
The last games of the day – or for Europe, Africa and Asia: the first of the next day – are the ones between Denmark – Slovakia and Germany – Canada. Germany probably aims for a spot in the medals, maybe even making it to the A-division, but starting this tournament against host country Canada isn’t exactly what they would wish for. In 2017, Denmark and Slovakia finished low in the A-division, meaning this opening game will be incredibly important for both teams right away.
All games can be watched on the IFF’s YouTube channel, search for ‘IFF Channel 1’ or ‘IFF Channel 2’.
Full schedule (CET)
15:00 Latvia vs. Norway
15:00 Russia vs. Japan
18:00 Finland vs. Switzerland
18:00 Slovenia vs. New Zealand
21:00 Sweden vs. Czech Republic
21:00 Poland vs. USA
0:00 Denmark vs. Slovakia
0:00 Germany vs. Canada