The preliminary round will be played in 4 groups (A-D) with 4 teams each. The groups A and B form the Top Division, the groups C and D form Division I. The two last-placed teams of the groups A and B and the two first-placed teams of the groups C and D play for 4th place in group A and B to participate in the Top Division playoffs. The losers of those games play as first placed teams in group C and D to participate in the Division I playoffs. Playoffs starting with the quarterfinals and placement games will be played both in the Top Division and in Division I.
Seeding format for 2011: The last two teams of Division I will play a Continental Qualification to rejoin the IIHF World InLine Championship.
The ranking of the groups is based according to the result of the last World Championship performance of the respective countries in the IIHF InLine Hockey Program and the qualification rounds.
In the preliminary round, the Top Division will be played in the main arena, the Division I games usually in the small arena.
The Top Division playoffs will be played in the main arena, the Division I playoffs usually in the small arena. Both rinks will have "AXXESS ICE COURT" floors, the official IIHF Championship Floor.
All games in the preliminary round and in the playoffs will be played with 5-minute sudden-death overtime and a penalty shootout in case of a tie. The final games will be played with a 12-minute sudden-death overtime, followed by a penalty shootout competition in case of a tie.
Teams will be awarded points on the following system:
Win after regular time = 3 points
Win after overtime or shootout = 2 points
Loss after overtime or shootout = 1 point
Loss after regular time = 0 points
Group A: Sweden (1), Finland (4), Slovenia (5), Austria (8). Group B: USA (2), Germany (3), Czech Republic (6), Canada (7).
Group C: Slovakia (9), Hungary (12), Australia (13), Croatia (16). Group D: Great Britain (10), Brazil (11), Japan (14), Argentina (15).