It’s been more than two years since the women stepped on the ice, but the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship is officially here.
After the 2020 edition was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and this year’s tournament was postponed from April to May to August, the best players from around the world have now come to Canada to fight for gold.
The United States is aiming for the sixth championship in a row by 2013 (the World Cup does not take place in Olympic years). USA Hockey’s last title in 2019 became controversial after an overtime goal was overturned by Finland and the Americans won on a penalty shootout.
The Finns reached the final after beating Canada 4-2 in the semi-finals. The defeat marked the first time in the history of the tournament that Canada had not played for gold. Canada has won the most gold medals (10) but is looking for its first since 2012.
As always, the Women’s World Cup is expected to be filled with big goals, big saves and even bigger wins. With national pride at stake, the battle for gold is fierce. Here is everything you need to know about the tournament.
Where will the Women’s World Cup 2021 take place?
The 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship takes place in a bubble at the WinSport Arena in Calgary, Alta.
The tournament was originally scheduled to take place April 7-17 in Halifax and Truro, NS. Due to the ongoing pandemic, it was postponed to May 6-16, but on the morning of April 21, Hockey Canada was informed by the province that the tournament had been canceled.
Canada is hosting the championship for the eighth time this year, and the province of Alberta will host the women’s tournament for the first time. The last time Canada hosted, the Americans beat the host nation 1-0 in extra time in Kamloops, BC
When will the Women’s World Cup 2021 take place?
The tournament begins on Friday, August 20th and ends with the gold medal award on August 31st.
The group stage with two groups of five teams each ends on August 26th. After a day off, eight teams compete against each other in the quarter-finals. The semi-finals will take place on August 30th. The bronze and gold games will be played on August 31st.
Which channel will the Women’s World Cup 2021 be broadcast on?
- TV station (USA): NHL network
- Livestream (USA): ESPN +, fuboTV (7-day free trial)
- TV channels (Canada): TSN, RDS
- Livestream (Canada): TSN Direct
Every women’s World Cup game is broadcast on TSN in Canada. RDS will cover all Canada games including the playoff rounds. NHL Network will broadcast every game in the US, with ESPN + broadcasting the other games.
Which teams will take part in the Women’s World Cup 2021?
Ten teams, divided into two groups of five, take part. Each team in Group A reaches the quarter-finals. Only three teams will be promoted from Group B, with the third best team playing against the best team from Group A.
|Group A||Group B|
Why is Russia listed as “ROC”?
Last December, the World Anti-Doping Agency excluded Russia from international competition for four years. The ban includes Olympic Games and World Championships and Russia’s flag or name cannot be used. However, athletes are not excluded from the competition, but can only do so under a neutral flag.
ROC stands for Russian Olympic Committee, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is played instead of the national anthem.
Are fans allowed at the 2021 Women’s World Cup?
Hockey Canada announced on August 18 that fans would not be allowed to play in the preliminary round matches.
“While we’d love to have fans at the WinSport Arena in Calgary, our primary focus is on the health and safety of everyone involved so that the best women hockey players in the world can compete and we can ensure we can deliver medals on August 31st.” “, Scott Smith, President and Chief Operating Officer of Hockey Canada. said a statement released by the team.
World Cup ranking of women 2021
Each team in Group A will advance to the quarter-finals as “Power 5”. The three best teams in Group B also progressed. The teams that lose in the quarter-finals compete in a separate category, with the winning team taking 5th place and a place in Group A of the 2023 tournament.
|1. Czech Republic||4th||0||0||12th|
Wins in the regulations = 3 points
Extra time win = 2 points
Loss of overtime = 1 point
When is Canada vs. USA?
The 2021 edition of the Battle of North America will compete in the preliminary round on August 26th. Of course, it is expected that there will be a rematch – but when is everyone’s guess.
Full schedule for the 2021 Women’s World Cup
The participating teams are guaranteed four group matches each. Teams that advance to the last day of the competition (bronze or gold medal game) play a total of seven competitions.
(All times east)
|FRIDAY, AUG. 20th|
|Czech Republic 6, Denmark 1||14 o’clock||TSN, ESPN +|
|Canada 5, Finland 3||6 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|USA 3, Switzerland 0||9:30 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|SATURDAY, AUG. 21st|
|Germany 3, Hungary 0||14 o’clock||TSN, ESPN +|
|ROC 3, Switzerland 1||6 p.m.||TSN, ESPN +|
|Japan 1, Denmark 0||9:30 p.m.||TSN, ESPN +|
|SUNDAY, AUG. 22nd|
|Czech Republic 4, Hungary 2||14 o’clock||TSN, ESPN +|
|Canada 5, ROC 1||6 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|USA 3, Finland 0||9:30 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|MONDAY, AUG. 23|
|Germany 3, Denmark 1||14 o’clock||TSN, ESPN +|
|Japan 0, Czech Republic 4||6 p.m.||TSN, ESPN +|
|TUESDAY, AUG. 24|
|USA 6, ROC 0||14 o’clock||TSN, NHLN|
|Switzerland 0, Canada 5||6 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Hungary 1, Japan 4||9:30 p.m.||TSN, ESPN +|
|WEDNESDAY, AUG. 25th|
|ROC 0, Finland 4||14 o’clock||TSN, ESPN +|
|Czech Republic 2, Germany 0||6 p.m.||TSN, ESPN +|
|Denmark 1, Hungary 5||9:30 p.m.||TSN, ESPN +|
|THURSDAY, AUG. 26th|
|Finland 2, Switzerland 0||14 o’clock||TSN, ESPN +|
|USA 1, Canada 5||6 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Japan 2, Germany 1||9:30 p.m.||TSN, ESPN +|
|SATURDAY, AUG. 28|
|QF: ROC 2, Switzerland 3 (OT)||midday||TSN, NHLN|
|QF: USA 10, Japan 2||3:30 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|QF: Canada 7, Germany 0||19 o’clock||TSN, NHLN|
|QF: Finland 1, Czech Republic 0||10:30 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|MONDAY, AUG. 30th|
|SF: USA 3, Finland 0||3 pm||TSN, NHLN|
|SF: Canada vs. Switzerland||19 o’clock||TSN, NHLN|
|TUESDAY, AUG. 31|
|Bronze: Finland vs. TBD||3:30 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Gold: USA vs. TBD||19:30 o’clock||TSN, NHLN|
Who won the 2019 Women’s World Cup?
The US won the last worlds after a controversial decision in extra time. It was the fifth gold in a row for the Americans.
WELTEN 2019: USA wins gold after controversial OT decision Finland contested
Who has won the last 10 women’s world championships?
|2017||United States||United States|
Which countries won medals at the Women’s World Cup?