The Central Board of the International Floorball Federation (IFF) approved a significant change to the playing system of U19 World Floorball Championships. This means that from U19 WFC2020 two teams can reach the upper groups instead of one.
In the past U19 WFCs were structured around two division: A & B. Teams in the A-division were playing for the world title (or at least making sure they weren’t relegated to the B-division) while teams in the B-division played for promotion to the A-division.
In the new format the (former) A-division will be evenly split into two groups, Group A and Group B while the (former) B-division will be split into two groups as well, Group C and Group D. In short, the 4th placed teams of both Group A and Group B will play against the 1st ranked teams of Group C and D in a crossover qualification final. This means that from U19 WFC2020 two teams can reach the upper groups instead of one. Note: it’s still not possible for a team starting in Group C or D to win the World Championships. According to the IFF, the reasons are partly logically since the U19 WFC is held over a period of 5 days while an adult WFC may take 10 days.
There will be no changes in the qualification process. The top 9 of the U19 WFC will automatically qualify for the next WFC. Other teams will have to qualify through regional qualifiers or regional quotas.
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