The World Junior (Under-20 years of age) Championship is held bi-annually on even numbered years with Kralupy, Czech Republic hosting the inaugural 2000 event, Champery, Switzerland in 2002, Martin, Slovakia, the third in 2004, Aosta, Italy in 2006, and most recently in St. John’s Canada June of 2008. The age categories of U-18 and U-16 at the world stage were introduced in 2008 in Zvolen, Slovakia. 2010 Villach, Austria hosted the U-20, while U18 and U-16 competed in Most, Czech Republic. All three categories together were hosted in 2012 in cities Pisek and Strakonice, Czech Republic and in 2014 in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. The past World Junior Championships in all categories were be hosted in Sheffield, Great Britain in July 2016.
How to qualify for the World Championship
In order to qualify for any of the World Championship tournaments, National teams must ensure that their National Governing Body is a member of the ISBHF, or has applied for membership. Please see the HOW TO JOIN section for more information, or if you do not yet have an official National Governing Body.
There are specific regulations regarding the players that are eligible to compete on behalf of a nation, for more information please see ISBHF Eligibility Rules.