With an expected participation of 1,044 players from 27 countries across five continents, Inline Hockey is the discipline that will have the largest contingent at the World Roller Games 2019. A quarter of the 4,120 athletes who are set to compete in Barcelona will do so in this spectacular speciality in both men’s and women’s as well as senior and junior categories. CEM Horta and CEM Mar Bella in Barcelona are the two venues set to host the World Championships of this discipline between 6 and 13 July.
The Men’s Senior World Championship brings together eight teams divided into two groups. The Czech Republic, Canada, USA and Italy will compete in Group A, while France, Switzerland, Colombia and Spain make up Group B.
The Men’s Senior World Championship in category B will also be held at the same time, with 15 teams divided into four groups. Group C has three teams: Japan, Great Britain and Brazil, while the other three groups are made up of four teams each: Sweden, China, Mexico and Namibia will face each other in Group D; Germany, China-Taipei, Ireland and Macau in Group E, and Slovakia, Latvia, India and Iran in Group F.
As regards the Women’s World Championship, 15 teams divided into three groups of five will take part according to the following breakdown: Group A: USA, New Zealand, Italy, China-Taipei and France; Group B: Czech Republic, Finland, Australia, China and Great Britain, and Group C: Spain, Canada, Sweden, India and Japan.
The top eight teams from the group phase in the Men’s and Women’s Absolute World Championships will then face each other in elimination rounds of quarter finals, semi-finals and finals to win the world title.
The Junior World Championships will be held prior to the senior teams entering into action between 29 June and 4 July. Twenty men’s teams will compete for gold in their category, while the women’s category comprises 11 teams.
A total of 1,044 players are registered for the Inline Hockey competition, with a maximum 16 players per team. There are 597 players in the senior category: 366 men and 231 women, and 447 players in the junior category: 303 in the men’s and 144 in the women’s. The final number of matches is 196 distributed among seniors (112) and juniors (84).