The Tournament

During the 74th IIHF World Championship, the world's best ice hockey nations will crown their champion for the 6th time on German ice. 16 teams will play a total of 56 games between May 7 and May 23, 2010. The tournament will start off with a preliminary round of four groups with four teams each.
Germany plays his opening game in Gelsenkirchen and will deliver his qualifying rounds or Relegation Games in Cologne.

Groups and Venues

  • Group A: Russia, Belarus, Slovakia, Kazakhstan
  • Group B: Canada, Switzerland, Latvia, Italy
  • Group C: Sweden, Czech Republic, Norway, France.
  • Group D: Finland, USA, Germany, Denmark.

The venue for Groups A and D is the LANXESS arena of Cologne excluding the opening game Germany vs. USA in Gelsenkirchen. Groups B and C will be played in the SAP ARENA in Mannheim. The final game schedule is still to be confirmed.

Preliminary Round
A round-robin will see each team compete against the others of its group – making for three games per team. The group's three best-placed teams will then move on to compete in the Qualifying Round, while the last-placed team goes to the Relegation Round.

Qualifying Round
Split into two groups, the twelve teams will play on – making for a further three games for each team.

Relegation Round
The four last-placed teams will continue to play in the Relegation Round. The two relegated teams will be determined by round-robin.

Quarter-Finals
Following the Qualifying Round, the four best placed teams in each group will compete in the four Quarter-final games. The two last-placed teams in each group drop out of the tournament.

Semi-Finals
The winners of the Quarter Finals will compete in the two Semi-Final games.

Bronze Medal Game
The two losers of the Semi-Finals will play each other for third and fourth place, and the Bronze Medal.

Gold Medal Game
The winners of the Semi-Finals will compete in an ultimate game for the World Championship title.

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