Media Accreditation

2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

The IIHF is currently accepting applications by print/photo media wishing to cover the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on-site at the Arena Riga and Olympic Sport Centre venues in Riga, Latvia. 

Click here to access the accreditation form.

IMPORTANT: Media that plan to cover the tournament remotely must also use this accreditation form. All media availabilities with players will be conducted via video conference, and any media wishing to take part in post-game and post-practice video conferences must register via the form.  

The deadline for media accreditation is 9 April at 16:00 CET. Applications submitted after this date/time will not be considered. 

All media approved for on-site accreditation may be subject to COVID-19 safety measures as defined by the IIHF, the Local Organizing Committee, and the respective government and health authorities of the host nation.

All accredited media are not exempt to existing or new COVID-19 travel restrictions that may be put in place prior to the start of the event.

Further details on any potential testing or entry requirements for media will be communication following approval of media accreditation. 

Broadcast media interested in on-site accreditation should contact [email protected].

2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

The IIHF is currently accepting applications by print/photo media wishing to cover the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship on-site at the Comerica Center and Children’s Health StarCenter in Frisco and Plano, USA. 

Click here to access the accreditation form.

IMPORTANT: Media that plan to cover the tournament remotely must also use this accreditation form. All media availabilities with players will be conducted via video conference, and any media wishing to take part in these video conferences must register via the form.  

The deadline for media accreditation is 2 April at 16:00 CET

All media approved for on-site accreditation may be subject to COVID-19 safety measures as defined by the IIHF, the Local Organizing Committee, and the respective government and health authorities of the host nation. 

All accredited media are not exempt to existing or new COVID-19 travel restrictions that may be put in place prior to the start of the event. 

Further details on any potential testing or entry requirements for media will be communication following approval of media accreditation.

2021 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship

The IIHF is currently accepting applications by print/photo media wishing to cover the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship on-site in Halifax and Truro, Canada.

Click here to access the accreditation form.

IMPORTANT: Media that plan to cover the tournament remotely must also use this accreditation form. All media availabilities with players will be conducted via video conference, and any media wishing to take part in these video conferences must register via the form.  

The deadline for media accreditation is 7 April at 16:00 CET

All media approved for on-site accreditation may be subject to COVID-19 safety measures as defined by the IIHF, the Local Organizing Committee, and the respective government and health authorities of the host nation. 

All accredited media are not exempt to existing or new COVID-19 travel restrictions that may be put in place prior to the start of the event including travel restrictions within Canada to the province of Nova Scotia.

Further details on any potential testing or entry requirements for media will be communication following approval of media accreditation. 

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.