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Bylaws Related to the NEW Championship Format The following IIHF bylaws reflect the changes in the structure of the IIHF Championship Program as agreed by the 2011 IIHF Semi Annual Congress in Portoroz. At the same opportunity the whole text has been restructured as a whole, now reflecting each of the competition categories in their own section of articles with a similar internal structure. We did not highlight individual changes, except for the proposals made by individual Member National Associations, as it would have made reading the document too confusing. Therefore, the following bylaws have to be read and approved as a whole, category by category, except for MNA proposals which will be voted on separately. (Please note that the Irish National Association was the only MNA that submitted proposal to the new Championship Format.) Footnotes explain the more substantial changes. 700 IIHF World Senior Men’s Program 1. Gender, Age, Underage The players participating in any World Championship in the senior men’s category must be of the male gender and have their 18th or later birthday in the year the respective Championship is held.1 Participating players who are younger than 18 years of age are required to have a signed under-age waiver as stipulated in Bylaw 618 (2). At the latest, players must have their 16th birthday in the year the respective Championship is held. 2. Recurrence, Number of Divisions, Groups, Teams, Qualification The World Championships in the Senior Men’s Category will be played each year and comprises a maximum of 46 teams organized in a top pool tournament and in a maximum of 3 lower division tournaments plus a qualification tournament if required. 3. Team Eligibility, Participation National teams of full and associate IIHF members who fulfill Bylaw 202 and 607 are eligible to participate.

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701. IIHF World Championship 1. Date The IIHF World Championship will be played in April/May. Exceptions may be proposed to the Council. 2. Number of Players, Officials A maximum of 22 players, 3 goalkeepers and 8 team officials may participate for each team2 for the World Championship 3. Number of Teams, Playing Format; Promotion and Relegation The IIHF World Championship will consist of 16 teams including the team(s) of the organizing Member National Association(s). The 16 teams will be seeded in two groups following their world ranking with each group playing as specified in the Sport Regulations. The bottom ranked two teams will be relegated to Division I A. The IIHF Council shall have the option to amend the pre-tournament seeding to accommodate special requirements if a championship is organized in two countries. A Member National Association is not eligible to bid for the hosting of the World Championships unless, at a minimum, it has participated at that level in two of the prior five years3. 702. IIHF World Championship Division I and II 1. Date The IIHF World Championship Division I and Division II will be played in March/April, and must be finished at least one week before the beginning of the IIHF World Championship. 2. Number of Players, Officials A maximum of 20 players, 2 goalkeepers and 6 team officials may participate for each team in Division I and Division II. The teams may register an emergency goalkeeper during the competition with all additional costs being born by the respective national association.

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3. Number of Teams, Playing Format, Promotion and Relegation The IIHF World Championship Division I will consist of 12 teams seeded in two groups. 6 teams seeded in group A and the next 6 teams seeded in Group B. The IIHF World Championship Division II will consist of 12 teams seeded in two groups. 6 teams seeded in Group A and the next 6 teams seeded in Group B, with each group playing as specified in the Sport Regulations. The first two winning teams of Division I A will be promoted to the World Championship and the bottom ranked team will be relegated to Division I B. The winning team of Division I B will be promoted to Division I A and the bottom ranked team of Division I B will be relegated to Division II A. The winning team of Division II A will be promoted to Division I B and the bottom ranked team of Division II A will be relegated to Division II B. The winning team of Division II B will be promoted to Division II A and the bottom Ranked team of Division II B will be relegated to Division III. 703. IIHF World Championship Division III and Qualification 1. Date The World Championship Division III tournament will be played in March/April, and must be finished at least one week before the beginning of the World Championship. The IIHF Qualification will be played in the same season and prior to the respective Division III Championship. Exceptions may be proposed to Council. 2. Number of Players, Officials A maximum of 18 players, 2 goalkeepers and 6 team officials may participate for each team in World Championship Division III and the qualification tournament. The teams may register an emergency goalkeeper during the competition with all additional costs being born by the respective national association. 3. Number of Teams, Playing Format, Promotion and Relegations Division III will be played in one group with a maximum of 6 teams seeded and playing as specified in the IIHF Sport Regulations depending on the number of entries. The winning team of Division III will be promoted to Division II B. 4. Qualification If more than 46 teams are entered to participate in the World Championship Program, the remaining teams will participate in a qualification tournament. The qualification tournament(s) or game(s) for the World
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Championship will be governed by the same Bylaws, Regulations and Official Playing Rules as the respective World Championship. The number of entries and geographic considerations will determine the formatting for the qualification system. The bottom 2 ranked teams from the preceding World Championship Division III will compete with the nations who have qualified according to IIHF Bylaws 202 and 607. The two winning teams of the qualification tournament will be promoted to Division III. The IIHF will control and verify that participating Member National Associations comply with the minimum participation standards as set by Bylaw 202 and 203. 704. Men’s Olympic Competition and Qualification 1. Date The IOC invites the IIHF to participate in the Olympic Winter Games, which take place every four years in February, the next recurrence being in 2014. 2. Number of Players, Officials The IIHF will determine the number of players and officials for the Olympic competition which will depend on its agreement with the IOC. 3. Number of Teams, Playing Format The IIHF will determine the playing system for the Olympic competition based on participating teams and the agreement with the IOC. The same IIHF Bylaws, Regulations and Official Playing Rules that govern the respective World Championship will govern the Olympic competition. The system for qualification will be formatted depending upon the number of entries and geographical consideration. 800 IIHF World Junior Men’s Program 1. Age Classes IIHF Competitions The IIHF organizes World Junior Championships in two categories for player under 20 years of age (U20) and under 18 years of age (U18). 2. Age Classes other Junior Competitions For all IIHF junior competitions and all international junior games of IIHF Member National Associations, the IIHF age class system 20/18/16/14/12/10 is obligatory.

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3. Men’s Youth Olympic Competition and Qualification The Youth Olympic Winter Games take place every four years in the same year as the summer Olympics, the next recurrences are planned for 2012 and 2016. If the IOC invites the IIHF to participate in the Youth Olympic Winter Games, then the number of participating teams, players, and officials, as well as the eligibility criteria and the format for competition and qualification will be determined by the IIHF depending on agreements with and stipulations by the IOC. 801. IIHF World Junior U20 Championships 1. Gender, Age, Underage Players participating in all IIHF World U20 Championships must be of the male gender and have their 20th or earlier birthday in the year (season) the respective championship is held. At the latest, players must have their 15th birthday in the year the respective Championship is held. No under-age waiver is permitted. The maximum age of players eligible to participate in this championship category is outlined in the following summary: • 2011/2012 players born in 1992 • 2012/2013 players born in 1993 • 2013/2014 players born in 1994 • 2014/2015 players born in 1995 • 2015/2016 players born in 1996 2. Recurrence, Number of Divisions, Groups, Team, Qualification The World U20 Championships will be played each year comprising a maximum of 40 teams organized in a top pool tournament and in a maximum of 3 lower division tournaments plus a qualification tournament if required. 3. Team Eligibility / Participation National teams of full and associate IIHF members who fulfill Bylaw 202 and 607 are eligible to participate. 802. IIHF World Under 20 Championship 1. Date The World U 20 Championship will be played between December 22 and January 6. Exceptions may be proposed by Council.

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2. Number of Players, Officials A maximum of 20 players, 3 goalkeepers and 6 team officials may participate in the World U20 Championship. The minimum number of players on a team to start with is 15 players plus 2 goalkeepers. 3. Number of Teams, Playing Format, Promotion and Relegation The World U20 Championship will be played annually with 10 teams seeded into two groups of five teams following their ranking from the previous season’s championship each to play as specified in the IIHF Sport Regulations. The bottom ranked team will be relegated to Division I A. 803. IIHF World Under 20 Championships Division I and Division II 1. Date The IIHF World U20 Championship Division I and Division II will be played in December/January. Exceptions may be proposed to Council. 2. Number of Players, Officials A maximum of 20 players, 2 goalkeepers and 6 team officials may participate in the IIHF World U20 Championship and Division I and Division II for each team. The minimum number of players on a team to start with in any junior championship is 15 players plus 2 goalkeepers. The teams may register an emergency goalkeeper during the competition with all additional costs being born by the respective national association. 3. Number of Teams, Playing Format, Promotion and Relegation The World U20 Championship I A will consist of 6 teams seeded in one group following their ranking from the previous season’s championship and Division I B will consist of the next 6 teams seeded in one group following their ranking from the previous season’s championship with each group playing as specified in the Sport Regulations. The winning team of Division I A will be promoted to the World U20 Championship and the bottom ranked team of Division I A will be relegated to Division I B. The winning team of Division I B will be promoted to Division I A and the bottom ranked team of Division I B will be relegated to Division II A. The World U20 Championship Division II A will consist of 6 teams seeded in one group following their ranking from the previous season’s championship and Division II B will consist of the next 6 teams seeded in one group following their ranking from the previous season’s championship with each group playing as specified in the Sport Regulations. The winning team of Division II A will be promoted to Division I B and the
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bottom ranked team of Division II A will be relegated to Division II B. The winning team of Division II B will be promoted to Division II A and the bottom ranked team of Division II B will be relegated to Division III. 804. IIHF World Junior U20 Championship Division III and Qualification 1. Date The IIHF World U20 Championship Division III will be played in December/January. The IIHF Qualification will be played in the same season and prior to the respective U20 Division III Championship. Exceptions may be proposed to Council. 2. Number of Players, Officials A maximum of 18 players, 2 goalkeepers and 6 team officials may participate in the IIHF World U20 Championship Division III and qualification. The minimum number of players on a team to start with is 15 players plus 2 goalkeepers. The teams may register an emergency goalkeeper during the competition with all additional costs being born by the respective national association. 3. Number of Teams, Playing Format, Promotion and Relegation The World U20 Division III will be played in one group with a maximum of 6 teams seeded in the group and will play as specified in the IIHF Sport Regulations. The winning team will be promoted to Division II B. If only one team is entered in Division III, then this team will be promoted without any qualification into Division II for the next season. 4. Qualification If more than 6 teams are available for Division III, the remaining teams and the newly eligible nations to participate in the World U20 Championship Program will participate in a qualification tournament. The qualification tournament(s) or game(s) for the World U20 Championship will be governed by the same Bylaws, Regulations and Official Playing Rules as the respective World Championship. The bottom 2 ranked teams from the preceding World Championship Division III will compete with the nations who have qualified according to IIHF Bylaws 202 and 607. The number of entries and geographic considerations will determine the formatting for the qualification system. The two winning teams of the qualification tournament will be promoted to Division III. The IIHF will control and verify that participating Member National Associations comply with the minimum participation standards as set by the IIHF at the annual meeting.

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805 IIHF World Junior U18 Championships 1. Gender, Age, Underage Players participating in all IIHF World U18 Championships must be of the male gender and have their 18th or earlier birthday in the year the respective championship is held. At the latest, players must have their 15th birthday in the year the respective Championship is held. No under-age waiver is permitted. The maximum age of players and goalkeepers eligible to participate in this championship category is outline in the following summary: • 2011/2012 players born in 1994 • 2012/2013 players born in 1995 • 2013/2014 players born in 1996 • 2014/2015 players born in 1997 • 2015/2016 players born in 1998 2. Recurrence, Number of Divisions, Groups, Teams, Qualification The World U18 Championships will be played each year and comprises a maximum of 46 teams organized in a top pool tournament and in a maximum of 3 lower division tournaments plus a qualification tournament if required. 3. Team Eligibility / Participation National teams of all full and associated IIHF members who fulfill Bylaw 202 and 607 are eligible to participate. 806. IIHF World Under 18 Championship 1. Date The IIHF World U18 Championship will be played as late as possible in April and must be finished one week before the World Championship. 2. Number of Players, Officials A maximum of 20 players, 3 goalkeepers and 6 team officials may participate for each team in the IIHF World U18 Championship. The minimum number of players on a team to start with in any junior championship is 15 players plus 2 goalkeepers.

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3. Number of Teams, Playing Format, Promotion and Relegation The World U18 Championship will be played with 10 teams seeded into two groups of five teams following their ranking from the previous season’s championship and played as specified in the IIHF Sport Regulations. The bottom ranked team will be relegated to Division I A. 807. IIHF World Junior U18 Championships Division I and Division II 1. Date The IIHF World U18 Championship Division I and Division II will be played in February, March or April and must be finished at least one week before the beginning of the IIHF World Championship. 2. Number of Players, Officials A maximum of 20 players, 2 goalkeepers and 6 team officials may participate for each team in the IIHF World U18 Championship Division I and Division II. The minimum number of players on a team to start with is 15 players plus 2 goalkeepers. The teams may register an emergency goalkeeper during the competition with all additional costs being born by the respective national association. 3. Number of Teams, Playing Format, Promotion and Relegation The World U18 Championship Division I A will consist of 6 teams seeded in one group following their ranking from the previous season’s championship and Division I B will consist of the next 6 teams seeded in one group following their ranking from the previous season’s championship with each group playing as specified in the Sport Regulations. The winner of Division I A will be promoted to the IIHF World U18 Championships and the bottom ranked team of Division I A will be relegated to Division I B. The winner of Division I B will be promoted to Division I A and the bottom ranked team of Division I B will be relegated to Division II A. The World U18 Championship Division II A will consist of 6 teams seeded in one group following their ranking from the previous season’s championship and Division II B will consist of the next 6 teams seeded in one group following their ranking from the previous season’s championship with each group playing as specified in the Sport Regulations. The winning team of Division II A will be promoted to Division I B and the bottom ranked team will be relegated to Division II B. The winning team of Division II B will be promoted to Division II A and the bottom ranked team will be relegated to Division III. 808. IIHF World Junior U18 Championships Division III and Qualification 1. Date The IIHF World U18 Championships Division III will be played in February, March or April and must be finished at least one week before the beginning of the IIHF World Championship. The IIHF Qualification will
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be played in the same season and prior to the respective Division III Championship. Exceptions may be proposed to Council. 2. Number of Players, Officials A maximum of 18 players, 2 goalkeepers and 6 team officials may participate for each team in the World U18 Championship Division III and Qualifications. The minimum number of players on a team to start with is 15 players plus 2 goalkeepers. The teams may register an emergency goalkeeper during the competition with all additional costs being born by the respective national association. 3. Number of Teams, Playing Format, Promotion and Relegation

World U18 Championship Division III will be played in two groups following their ranking from the previous season’s championship with a maximum of six teams seeded in each group with each group playing as specified in the IIHF Sport Regulations. If only one or two teams are entered for Division III then these teams will be promoted without any qualification into Division II for the next season. If three teams are entered then the competition will be played as a qualification. If four to seven teams are entered for Division III, there will be one group to play as specified in the IIHF Sport Regulations. The top team will be promoted to Division II B. If eight to twelve teams are entered for Division III, there will be two geographic groups (Division III A and Division III B) formed to play as specified in the IIHF Sport Regulations. The winning team of Division III A will be promoted to Division II B and the bottom ranking team will be relegated to Division III B. The winning team of Division III B will be promoted to Division III A and the bottom two ranked teams of Division III B will be relegated to the Qualification. 4. Qualification If more than 46 teams are entered to participate in the World U18 Championship Program, the remaining teams will participate in a qualification tournament. The qualification tournament(s) or game(s) for the World U18 Championship will be governed the same Bylaws, Regulations and Official Playing Rules as the respective World Championship. The bottom 2 ranked teams from the preceding World Championship Division III B will compete with the nations who have qualified according to IIHF Bylaws 202 and 607. The number of entries and geographic considerations will determine the formatting for the qualification system. The two winning teams of the qualification tournament will be promoted to Division III. The IIHF will control and verify that participating Member National Associations comply with the minimum participation standards as set by the IIHF at the Annual Congress.
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900 (A) IIHF World Senior Women’s 901 IIHF World Senior Women’s Program 1. Gender, Age, Underage Players participating in all IIHF World Women Championships in the senior category must be of the female gender and have their 18th or later birthday in the year the respective championship is held. Participating players who are younger than 18 years of age are require an underage waiver as stipulated in Bylaw 618 (2.). At the latest, players must have their 16th birthday in the year the respective Championship is held. 2. Recurrence, Number of Divisions, Groups, Teams, Qualification The IIHF World Women Championship Program will be played each year and comprise a maximum of 32 38 teams being organized in a top pool tournament and a maximum of 2 3 lower division tournaments plus a qualification tournament if required.4 3. Team Eligibility / Participation National teams of full and associate IIHF members who fulfill Bylaw 203 and 607 are eligible to participate. 902. IIHF World Women Championship 1. Date The IIHF World Women Championship will be played each year in March/April, and must be finished at least one week prior to the World Men Championship. However, the IIHF World Women Championship (top division) will not be played in Olympic years. 2. Number of Players, Officials A maximum of 20 players, 3 goalkeepers and 6 team officials may participate in the IIHF World Women Championship. The minimum number of players on a team to start with in any IIHF competition is 15 players plus 2 goalkeepers.

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3. Number of Teams, Playing Format, Promotion and Relegation The World Women Championship will consist of 8 teams seeded in two groups following their ranking from the previous season’s championship to play as specified in the Sport Regulations. The bottom ranked team in the Championship will be relegated to Division I A. 903. IIHF World Women Championship Division I and II 1. Date The World Women Championship Division I and II will be played each year in March/April. 2. Number of Players, Officials A maximum of 20 players, 2 goalkeepers and 6 team officials may participate in IIHF World Women Championships Division I and II for each team. The minimum number of players on a team to start with is 15 players plus 2 goalkeepers. The teams may register an emergency goalkeeper during the competition with all additional costs being born by the respective national association. 3. Number of Teams, Playing Format, Promotion and Relegation The World Women Championships Division I A will consist of 6 teams seeded in one group following their ranking from the previous season’s championships and Division I B will consist of the next 6 teams seeded in one group following their ranking from the previous season’s championships with each group playing as specified in the Sport Regulations. The World Women Championships Division II A will consist of 6 teams seeded in one group following their ranking from the previous season’s championships and Division II B will consist of the next 6 teams seeded in one group following their ranking from the previous season’s championships playing as specified in the Sport Regulations. The winning team of Division I A will be promoted to the IIHF World Women Championship and the bottom ranked team of Division I A will be relegated to Division I B. The winning team of Division I B will be promoted to Division I A and the bottom ranked team will be relegated to Division II A. The winning team of Division II A will be promoted to Division I B and the bottom ranked team of Division II A will be relegated to Division II B. The winning team of Division II B will be promoted to Division II A and the bottom ranked team of Division II B will be relegated to the World Women Qualification.

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904. IIHF World Women Championship Division III and Qualification 1. Date The World Women Championship Division III and Qualification, if required, will be played in March/April. The IIHF Qualification will be played in the same season and prior to the respective Division II III World Women Championship. Exceptions may be proposed to Council. 2. Number of Players, Officials A maximum of 18 players, 2 goalkeepers and 6 team officials may participate in the IIHF World Women Championship Division III and Qualification. The minimum number of players on a team to start with is 15 players plus 2 goalkeepers. The teams may register an emergency goalkeeper during the competition with all additional costs being born by the respective national association. 3. Number of Teams, Playing Format, Promotion and Relegation The World Women Division III will be played in one group with a maximum of 6 teams seeded in the group and will play as specified in the IIHF Sport Regulations. The winning team will be promoted to Division II B. If only one team is entered in Division III, then this team will be promoted without any qualification into Division II for the next season. 4. Qualification If more than 6 teams are available for Division III, the remaining teams and newly eligible nations to participate in the World Women’s Championship Program will participate in a qualification tournament. The qualification tournament(s) or game(s) for the World Women’s Championship will be governed by the same Bylaws, Regulations, and Official Playing Rules as the respective World Championship. The bottom ½ ranked team(s) from the preceding World Championship Division III will compete with the nations who have qualified according to Bylaws 202 and 607. The number of entries and geographic considerations will determine the formatting for the qualification system. The two winning teams of the qualification tournament will be promoted to Division III.5

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If more than 32 teams are entered to participate in the IIHF Senior Women Program, the remaining teams will participate in a qualification tournament. The IIHF Council will decide the format for the qualification tournament. The qualification tournaments or games will be governed by the same Bylaws, Regulations and Official Playing Rules as the respective World Women Championship. The bottom 2 ranked teams from the preceding World Women Championship Division II B will compete with the nations who have qualified according to IIHF Bylaws 203 and 607. The system for qualification will be formatted according to the results from previous World Women Championships. The two winning teams of the qualification tournament will be promoted to Division II B. 905. Women’s Olympic Competition and Qualification 1. Recurrence, Date The IOC invites the IIHF to participate in the Olympic Winter Games which take place every four years in February, the next recurrence being in 2014. 2. Number of Players, Officials A maximum of 20 players and 2 goalkeepers may participate in the Olympic competition for each team. The IIHF will determine the number of officials for the Olympic competition which will depend on its agreement with the IOC. 3. Number of Teams, Playing Format, Qualification The IIHF will determine the playing system for the Olympic competition based on participating teams and the agreement with the IOC. The same IIHF Bylaws, Regulations and Official Playing Rules that governed the respective IIHF World Championship will govern the Olympic competition. The system for qualification will be formatted depending upon the number of entries and geographical consideration. 900 (B) IIHF World Junior Women’s6 906. IIHF World Junior Women’s U18 Program 1. Age Classes IIHF competitions The IIHF organizes World Junior Women’s Championships in the category for players under 18 years of age (U18).

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2. Age classes other junior competition (907) For all IIHF junior competitions and all international junior games of the member national associations the IIHF age class system 20/18/16/14/12/10 is obligatory. 3. Women Youth Olympic Game Competition and Qualification The Youth Olympic Winter Games take place every four years in the same year as the summer Olympics, the next recurrences being planned for 2016. If the IOC invites the IIHF to participate in the Youth Olympic Winter Games, then the number of participating teams, players, and officials, as well as the eligibility criteria and the format for competition and qualification will be determined by the IIHF depending on agreements with and stipulations by the IOC. 907 IIHF World Women U18 Championships 1. Gender, Age, Underage Players participating in all IIHF World Women U18 Championships must be of the female gender and have their 18th or earlier birthday in the year the respective championship is held. At the latest, players must have their 15th birthday in the year the respective Championship is held. No under-age waiver is permitted. The maximum age of players and goalkeepers eligible to participate in this championship is outlined in the following summary: • 2011/2012 players born in 1994 • 2012/2013 players born in 1995 • 2013/2014 players born in 1996 • 2014/2015 players born in 1997 • 2015/2016 players born in 1998 2. Recurrence, Number of Divisions, Groups, Teams; Qualification The IIHF World Women Championships in the Junior U18 Category will be played each year and comprise a maximum of 14 teams organized in a top pool tournament and 1 lower division tournament plus a qualification tournament if required. 3. Team Eligibility / Participation National teams of full and association members who fulfill Bylaw 203 and 607 are eligible to participate.

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908. IIHF World Women Under 18 Championship 1. Date The World Women U18 Championship will be played in January of each year (except in Olympic years in which it will be played in late March or early April) 2. Number of Players, Officials A maximum of 20 players, 2 goalkeepers and 6 team officials may participate in the IIHF World Women U18 Championship for each team. The minimum number of players on a team to start with is 15 players plus 2 goalkeepers. The teams may register an emergency goalkeeper during the competition with all additional costs being born by the respective national association. 3. Number of Teams, Playing Format, Promotion and Relegation The World Women U18 Championship will be played with a maximum of 8 teams seeded in two groups following their ranking from the previous season’s championship to play as specified in the Sport Regulations. The bottom ranked team will be relegated to Division I. 910 IIHF World Women U18 Championships Division I and Qualification 1. Date The World Women U18 Championship Divisions I tournament will be played in January of each year (except in Olympic years in which it will be played in late March or early April). The IIHF Qualification will be played in the same season and prior to the respective World Women U18 Division I Championship. Exceptions may be proposed to Council. 2. Number of Players, Officials A maximum of 18 players, 2 goalkeepers and 6 team officials may participate for each team in the World Women U18 Championship Divisions I and qualification tournaments. The minimum number of players on a team to start with is 15 players plus 2 goalkeepers. The teams may register an emergency goalkeeper during the competition with all additional costs being born by the respective national association. 3. Number of Teams, Playing Format, Promotion and Relegation The World Women U18 Championship Division I will be played with a maximum of 6 teams seeded in one group following their ranking from the previous season’s championship and played as specified in the Sport Regulations. The winning team of Division I will be promoted to the World Women U18 Championship and the two bottom ranked teams of Division I will be relegated to the Qualification Tournament.
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4. Qualification If more than 14 teams are entered to participate in the IIHF Junior Women’s Program, the remaining teams will participate in a qualification tournament. Council will decide the format for this qualification tournament. The qualification tournaments or games will be governed by the same Bylaws Regulations and Official Playing Rules as the respective IIHF World Women U18 Championship. The bottom 2 ranked teams from the preceding World Championship Division I will compete with the nations who have qualified according to IIHF Bylaws 202 and 607. The system for qualification will be formatted according to the results from previous World Championships.

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