No team relegated at World Juniors
by Martin Merk|26 DEC 2021
Recently promoted Belarus (here in a World Juniors game in 2018 against Czechia) will play in an 11-team IIHF World Junior Championship next year with no team relegated this year.
photo: Matt Zambonin / HHOF-IIHF Images
The IIHF Council has voted that no team will be relegated from the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship that will begin today in Edmonton and Red Deer, Canada to safeguard the sportive integrity of the competition in the light of the extraordinary Covid-related circumstances.

Due to Belarus gaining promotion after winning the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division I Group A earlier this month, the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship will be played with 11 teams with the aim of going back to 10 teams for the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The IIHF will start discussions concerning the logistical implementation of hosting 11 teams at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship in Novosibirsk and Omsk, Russia with the organizing committee.

The task of creating an 11-team format and game schedule has been given to the IIHF Competition Committee along with any other implications for the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship program.