Denmark opens Women’s Worlds vs. Sweden
by Martin Merk|17 JUN 2022
Denmark’s Julie Ostergaard and Sweden’s Lina Ljungblom at a face-off during the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. The two countries will meet again half a year later during the opening night of the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship.
photo: Andrea Cardin / HHOF-IIHF Images
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has released the game schedule of the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Herning and Frederikshavn after receiving approval by all stakeholders and launch the bilingual event website on in joint cooperation with the Danish Ice Hockey Union.

Host Denmark will open the Women’s Worlds in a neighbouring clash against Sweden on 25 August 2022 in Frederikshavn following the Group B opener between Germany and Hungary the same day. Group B will be completed by Czechia, which enters the tournament the day after against Hungary.

The Scandinavian derby will not only be a highlight for hockey fans in Denmark but also in Sweden. Only 100 kilometres across the Baltic Sea divide Frederikshavn with Sweden’s second-largest city of Gothenburg. Ticket prices for the three-and-a-half hour ferry ride start at DKK 116 (SEK 166, €15.60) for an adult.

As in the past years the Women’s Worlds will be played as a ten-team tournament with a two-tiered preliminary round between 25 and 30 August. The top-five seeded teams will play Group A in Herning. The group will be opened with an afternoon game between Japan and the United States followed by Finland taking on defending champion Canada. Switzerland will enter the group on the following day in a game against Japan.

The five Group A teams and the top-three Group B teams will qualify for the quarter-finals in Herning and Frederikshavn on 1 September that will be followed by the semi-finals and medal games in Herning during the weekend of 3-4 September and the placement games in Frederikshavn that will determine the fifth team to qualify for next year’s Group A.

For the last two teams of Group B the tournament will be over after the preliminary round and the last-ranked team will be relegated and replaced by Division IA winner France in 2023.

Affordable tickets for a world-class event in Denmark

On 17 June the Danish Ice Hockey Union also opened the ticket sale. Tickets for the affordable event will be sold as day tickets at a price of just 120 kroner (approx. €16) for a day ticket providing access to two games. On days with one game, tickets cost just 60 kroner (approx. €8). Click here to find out more about the ticket sale and visit to purchase your tickets!

By hosting the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship the Danish organizers want to build on the success of the men’s Worlds in the country in 2018, which was the first top-level IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Denmark and gave a boost to hockey in the country with hockey fans from Denmark and abroad visiting the arenas in Copenhagen and Herning.

They hope not only for many fans of the game and players from the Danish ice hockey community but also from other European countries and from North America in the stands to watch the best female players in the world and for a boost for women’s ice hockey in Denmark and globally with the tournament’s slogan “for future growth”.

The tournament comes after the most successful years of Danish women’s ice hockey. The team got promoted to the top division in 2019 and last year it won the qualification tournament for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. It was the first time in history Denmark was represented in Olympic ice hockey and beside the women’s team also the men’s team made it to Beijing 2022.

First Women’s Worlds in an Olympic year

The 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship will be the first top-level Women’s Worlds in an Olympic year following congress approval to a Council and committee suggestion to adjust the calendar for the competition. It will be a fresh start of the new Olympic cycle for women’s ice hockey with the event being staged in August in Winter Olympic years while remaining at its traditional spring window for the other years.

The two editions following after the 2022 Women’s Worlds will be held in Canada in the spring of 2023 and in the United States in the spring of 2024 at venues to be determined. The event in Herning and Frederikshavn will thus be a great opportunity for hockey fans to watch the top international women’s hockey tournament in Europe after the success of the 2022 Olympics.