Following the recent allocation to Switzerland by the 2022 IIHF Annual Congress, the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation chose Basel and Porrentruy as host cities. It will be the third U18 Worlds in the country after Kloten/Weinfelden in 2000 and Zug/Lucerne in 2015.
The SIHF selected the venues after an intense process taking into consideration the IIHF requirements for the event, the facilities for teams, fans and scouts, hotel capacities, logistics, public transportation, distances and costs.
“It wasn’t an easy decision because we had interesting bids,” said SIHF CEO Patrick Bloch, who also underlined the desire to consider different regions for the upcoming IIHF events in Switzerland as the 2026 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will take place in Zurich and Fribourg while the 2024 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship is planned in southern Switzerland at venues to be determined.
“Due to the entered bids, the sport political and language situation and the financial support of the applicants we eventually decided for Basel as main venue,” said Bloch while Porrentruy in the region of Ajoie will serve as secondary venue. He added that the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation is convinced to have created an excellent position for a great tournament with Basel as a well-known large city with good public transportation connections, an airport and international flair while Porrentruy will represent the French-speaking part of Switzerland and is well-known in the country for its hockey passion.
Host Switzerland is seeded in Group B together with the United States, Finland, Latvia and Norway. Group A includes defending champion Sweden, Czechia, Canada, Germany and Slovakia.