2008 General Congress News
31.05.2007
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++ The Annual Congress approved an IIHF Council proposal of extending the current contract with the commercial partner Infront until 2017. The contract will give the IIHF more than 200 million Swiss francs over ten years for selling the TV and marketing rights to the IIHF World Championship, including the Division I-level. The current contract was until 2011, but it has now been extended for another six years.

"The contract with Infront is the bread and butter of international ice hockey," says IIHF President René Fasel. "I am extremely happy for our relationship that dates back to the early 80s. This is definitely one of the best, most efficient and longest lasting relationships in team sports. It is based on trust and common goals."

++ The proposal to introduce the four-man officiating system was approved. It will be implemented as of the 2007-2008 IIHF championship season and include the top division in each of the IIHF's four categories, men's, U20 and U18 and also the European cup competitions. NOTE: Implementation of the four-man officiating system at the 2008 IIHF World Championship in Canada depends on the success of this system earlier during the 2007-2008-season.

++ The Annual Congress approved the women's and men's Olympic format, for both the qualifications and the Olympic tournament in Vancouver 2010. The IIHF announced the format on March 30.

++ The international transfer deadline between IIHF member association countries has been changed to January 31 of the applicable season. (For countries in the southern hemisphere the deadline will be July 31).

"This was a necessary change," says René Fasel. "It has almost become a routine that players whose teams have been eliminated from their national playoffs, transfer to another country and continue to play in the playoffs there. This is not good for the credibility. By installing the deadline, we will prevent this late-season movement."

IIHF World Championship Allocations:
2008
IIHF World Championship Division I, Group A: Innsbruck, AUT
IIHF World Championship Division I, Group B: Sapporo, JPN
IIHF World Championship Division II, Group A: Brasov/Miercurea Ciuc, ROM
IIHF World Championship Division II, Group B: Newcastle, AUS
IIHF World Championship Division III: Luxembourg City, LUX

IIHF World Women Championship: Harbin, CHN
IIHF World Women Championship, Division I: LAT (city TBA)
IIHF World Women Championship, Division II (no applicants)
IIHF World Women Championship, Division III (no applicants)

IIHF World U20 Championship Division I, Group A: GER (city TBA)
IIHF World U20 Championship Division I, Group B: Riga, LAT
IIHF World U20 Championship Division II, Group A: ITA (city TBA)
IIHF World U20 Championship Division II, Group B: Tallinn, EST
IIHF World U20 Championship Division III: Belgrade/Novi Sad, SER

IIHF World U18 Championship Division I, Group A: POL (city TBA)
IIHF World U18 Championship Division I, Group B: Riga, LAT
IIHF World U18 Championship Division II, Group A: Lyon, FRA
IIHF World U18 Championship Division II, Group B: Tallinn, EST
IIHF World U18 Championship Division III: Mexico City, MEX
IIHF World U18 Championship Division III, Qualifications: TUR (city TBA)

IIHF World Women U18 Championship: CAN (city TBA)

2009
IIHF World U18 Championship: USA

2010
IIHF World U20 Championship: Canada

2011
IIHF World U20 Championship: USA

2012
IIHF World Championship: Helsinki, Turku, FIN
IIHF World Women Championship: USA

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