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IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship
Sport Ice hockey
Founded [[2008 (2008)]]
Inaugural season [[2008]]
No. of teams
  • 8 in Top Division
  • 12 in Division I
  • 8 in Division II
Most recent champion(s)  United States of America
Most championship(s)  United States of America (8)

The IIHF Women's World U18 Championship (WW18; officially the 'IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship') is an annual ice hockey tournament for national women's under-18 (U18) ice hockey teams, administrated by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). It is the junior edition of the IIHF World Women's Championship and participation is limited to female ice hockey players under 18 years of age.

A qualification tournament was held in 2007 to finalize divisional placement and the inaugural championship was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in January 2008. The United States' national team were the first champions and have remained the dominant force in the tournament, winning gold at eight of thirteen championships and never ranking lower than second place. The Canadian national team is the only team to have defeated the United States to claim the title, winning five gold medals in addition to seven silver medals and one bronze. The third most successful team in championship history is the Swedish national team, the only nation to unseat either of the top North American teams to claim silver (2018) and winners of five bronze medals. The other national teams to have won bronze are the Czech Republic (2), Finland (2), and Russia (3).

Twenty-eight countries participated in the most recent championship (2020) across three divisions: Top Division, Division I, and Division II. As with other IIHF tournaments, there is an active system of promotion and relegation between the groups and divisions, the winner of each group gains promotion to the group or division directly above for the following tournament and the lowest ranking team in relegated to the group or division below. Through this system, no two consecutive championships feature the same teams in each group or division and it is possible for a team to rise from Division IIB to the Top Division or fall from the Top Division to Division IIB in the span of five tournaments – though no team has ever accomplished such a meteoric rise or fall. The Top Division is the only division to confer the title of World Champion and comprises the teams ranked first through eighth in the world. Division I comprises twelve teams organized into two groups of six teams each, classified as Group IA and IB. Division II comprises eight teams organized into two groups of four teams each, classified as Groups IIA and IIB. Winning a gold medal in a divisional tournament below the Top Division corresponds with the numeric placement from first, i.e. the Division IA gold medal team ranks 9th in the world, the Division IB gold medal team ranks 15th in the world, and so on.

The tournament can be interpreted as the women's counterpart of both the IIHF World U20 Championship and the IIHF World U18 Championship, though it is afforded significantly less in terms of resources or promotion than either of the junior men's tournaments.[1] Media coverage of the women's tournament is similarly lacking in comparison.[2][3]

List of championships[]

Year Gold Silver Bronze Host city
2008  United States of America  Canada  Czech Republic Flag of Canada Calgary, Canada
2009  United States of America  Canada  Sweden Flag of Germany Füssen, Germany
2010  Canada  United States of America  Sweden Flag of the United States Chicago, United States
2011  United States of America  Canada  Finland Flag of Sweden Stockholm, Sweden
2012  Canada  United States of America  Sweden Flag of the Czech Republic Zlín and Přerov, Czech Republic
2013  Canada  United States of America  Sweden Flag of Finland Heinola and Vierumäki, Finland
2014  Canada  United States of America  Czech Republic Flag of Hungary Budapest, Hungary
2015  United States of America  Canada  Russia Flag of the United States Buffalo, United States
2016  United States of America  Canada  Sweden Flag of Canada St. Catharines, Canada
2017  United States of America  Canada  Russia Flag of the Czech Republic Zlín and Přerov, Czech Republic
2018  United States of America  Sweden  Canada Flag of Russia Dmitrov, Russia
2019  Canada  United States of America  Finland Flag of Japan Obihiro, Japan
2020  United States of America  Canada  Russia Flag of Slovakia Bratislava, Slovakia
2021 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[4] Flag of Sweden Linköping and Mjölby, Sweden

Participation and medals[]

Nation Years First Last Gold Silver Bronze Total Best finish (first/last)
 United States of America 13 2008 2020 8 5 0 13 1st (2008/2020)
 Canada 13 2008 2020 5 7 1 13 1st (2010/2019)
 Sweden 13 2008 2020 0 1 5 6 2nd (2018)
 Russia 12 2008 2020 0 0 3 3 3rd (2015/2020)
 Czech Republic 13 2008 2020 0 0 2 2 3rd (2008/2014)
 Finland 13 2008 2020 0 0 2 2 3rd (2011/2019)
 Germany 7 2008 2018 0 0 0 0 4th (2010/2012)
 Switzerland 10 2008 2020 0 0 0 0 6th (2019)
 Japan 6 2010 2019 0 0 0 0 6th (2010)
 Hungary 2 2013 2014 0 0 0 0 6th (2013)
 France 1 2016 2016 0 0 0 0 8th (2016)
 Slovakia 1 2020 2020 0 0 0 0 8th (2020)

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