On the 30th of January, the World Floorball Championships 2018 Qualifiers begin. In Europe, 22 countries, divided into four groups, fight for ten tickets. Here’s Group 2 which will be held in Valmiera, Latvia!
Unlike EUR 2 and 4, this group consists of 6 countries: Switzerland, Latvia, Russia, Italy, Hungary and Iceland. 3rd ranked nation Switzerland are clear favorites to go through.
The worst ranked team in the group, Iceland who’s ranked further down at place 32, have possibly the group’s very best player in Andreas Stefansson, who’s playing for AIK in the Swedish Super League. Not only is he playing in the world’s best league, he’s also currently the 3rd best goal scorer. Last year in his rookie season he stood for no less than 50 goals. Will a scorer of world-class like him be able to take Iceland past the much higher ranked nations like Latvia (7) or Russia (15)?
The match schedule can be found below (local time, UTC +02:00). Live streams will be found on Latvian Floorball Union’s YouTube channel.
Tuesday 30 January
13:00 Iceland – Russia 5-7
16:00 Italy – Switzerland 2-18
19:00 Hungary – Latvia 1-12
Wednesday 31 January
13:00 Switzerland – Iceland
16:00 Russia – Hungary
19:00 Latvia – Italy
Thursday 1 February
13:00 Hungary – Switzerland
16:00 Iceland – Italy
19:00 Russia – Latvia
Friday 2 February
13:00 Italy – Hungary
16:00 Switzerland – Russia
19:00 Latvia – Iceland
Saturday 3 February
12:00 Russia – Italy
15:00 Iceland – Hungary
18:10 Switzerland – Latvia
In Europe, each team will play once against each of the other teams in their group. Based on the results from these group matches, a total of 10 teams will qualify according to the following:
– The two best teams from each qualification group will qualify; and
– The the two best 3rd placed teams will qualify.
The calculation of the best 3rd teams will follow this order: 1. Average number of points 2. Average goal difference 3. Average scored goals 4. Lottery drawing*
*Since the number of teams between the qualification groups differs, the group sizes will be equalised by removing the results from the matches against the lowest placed teams in the larger-sized group before comparing the average results.
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