Media Accreditation

IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship program

Accreditation for events of the 2020/2021 season has not started yet. Return to this page for updates.

2021 IIHF World Junior Championship

Media accreditation for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship is now open.

Click here to access the accreditation system

The deadline for accreditation registration is Friday, 27 November 2020.  

Due to existing government and IIHF regulations, only a limited number of accredited media will be granted on-site access to watch games in Edmonton. Only print/web and photo media representatives currently residing in Canada will be considered for on-site access.

All media wishing to cover the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, either in-person or remotely, must submit an accreditation request.

All media availability sessions with players and coaches will be conducted via video conference. Only accredited media will receive access to media availability sessions.

Accredited print/web and photo media that are granted on-site access will not be part of the competition bubble. Media will be restricted to designated areas within Rogers Place including a separate Media Tribune and Media Center. Photographers will not have access to ice level photo positions and will shoot from positions located in the arena bowl. Practices held in the Downtown Community Arena wil be closed to media. Practices held in the main arena of Rogers Place may be opened to on-site accredited media pending approval from the IIHF and the Local Organizing Committee.

All accredited journalists & photographers present on-site must comply with the applicable national/local rules as well as all requirements of the LOC and the IIHF’s COVID-19 guidelines & recommendations.

Media working on-site will be required to adhere to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including but not limited to: wearing a mask at all times, undergoing temperature checks, providing medical attestations of good health, and filling out health questionnaires prior to entering the arena.

Further information will be provided to all approved accredited media. Please send any questions regarding media accreditation and access at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship to [email protected].

2022 Olympic Winter Games

The Press by Number phase is scheduled to start in summer 2020 by the National Olympic Committees, the Press by Name process in summer 2021.

The IIHF does not grant media credentials for the Olympic Winter Games. Please contact your National Olympic Committee if you have questions.

Other events

For non-top-division events (Division I, II etc.) that are not listed, please contact the organizing member national association. The contact information can be found here.

Accreditation Approval Criteria to IIHF Tournaments

For IIHF World Championships, the application forms for media accreditation are distributed by the respective national ice hockey association to the following type of media only: (The media types are listed in order of priority)

  1. National news agencies (Example: Reuters, AP, CP, DPA, Itar-TASS, FNB, TT).
  2. National daily newspapers (Example: Die Welt, Aftonbladet, Globe & Mail).
  3. Major regional daily newspapers (Example: Göteborgs-Posten, Basler Zeitung, The Toronto Star).
  4. Major daily sport papers (Example: Sport-Express, Russia, La Gazzeta dello Sport).
  5. Major sport or hockey weeklies (L' Equipe, Sports-Illustrated, The Hockey News).
  6. Major weekly magazine (Example: Der Spiegel, Newsweek).
  7. Major sport or hockey websites (Example: ESPN.com, TSN.ca) - Note: No requests from applicants who write for websites which do not regularly cover sports or hockey will be approved.
  8. Other magazines (economic, lifestyle, fashion). Only time-limited accreditations.


In general, one credential per media outlet will be approved. For national news agencies, national daily newspapers the general limit will be three and for major regional newspapers and major daily sport papers the general limit will be two accreditations. Considerations will be given to special requests.

Also special considerations will be given to media of the hosting country and to regional media from hosting cities.

Since it is very difficult to control the validity of the increasing number of applications from freelance journalists, the following rules apply:

Further to the accreditation application, a freelance journalist must submit the following documents to the responsible person at the national association:

  1. Copy of a valid press card from a relevant press association (AIPS, national press association, national sports press association).
  2. List of media outlets that the freelancer will provide with stories, reports.
  3. Written confirmation from the editor of the media outlet that has assigned the freelancer to the IIHF World Championship.


In general, no application requests will be approved to freelance journalists from the organising country.