2026 IIHF World Championship

The 2026 IIHF World Championship will be hosted by Switzerland from 15 to 31 May 2026, as the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) announced on 27 May 2022 in Tampere, Finland.

2026 IIHF World Championship
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Tournament details
Host country  Switzerland
Dates15–31 May
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)

Host nation bidEdit

The only bidders were Kazakhstan and Switzerland.

The Swiss were originally slated to host in 2020 but the tournament was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, but Kazakhstan hasn't hosted any tournaments.

In the end, on 27 May 2022, IIHF Congress awarded Switzerland rights to host the competition.[1] No votes were needed, due to Kazakhstan's bid withdrawal earlier.


Zurich Fribourg
Swiss Life Arena* BCF Arena
Capacity: 11,200 Capacity: 7,100

*Arena is currently under construction.


Qualified as hosts


  1. ^ "IIHF - To Tampere/Riga in '23, to Switzerland in '26". IIHF International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 27 May 2022.