How to watch the U18 World Championships

Plus more information you might want to know

The annual U18 World Championships are here! This year is the 11th iteration of the tournament.

The eight-country, week-long tournament is being played in Obihiro, Japan, a city on the northern island of Hokkaido. Like the senior Worlds, the countries are split into two groups. USA, Canada, Russia, and Sweden are in Group A, while Finland, Switzerland, Japan, and Czech Republic are in Group B.


The preliminary round starts with round robin, with every team playing every other team in its group.

All four teams of Group A advance, with the top two receiving a bye straight to the semifinals. The top two teams of Group B face the bottom two teams of Group A in the quarterfinals.

The bottom two teams of Group B play a best of three relegation series. The loser drops to Division I Group A next year.

2019 U18 Worlds Schedule

Date in JapanTime in JapanTime in ESTTeamTeam
Jan. 613:0023:00SwedenCanada
Jan. 614:300:30FinlandJapan
Jan. 617:003:00USARussia
Jan. 618:304:30Czech RepublicSwitzerland
Jan. 713:0023:00SwedenRussia
Jan. 714:300:30Czech RepublicJapan
Jan. 717:003:00CanadaUSA
Jan. 718:304:30SwitzerlandFinland
Jan. 913:0023:00RussiaCanada
Jan. 914:300:30JapanSwitzerland
Jan. 917:003:00USASweden
Jan. 918:304:30FinlandCzech Republic
Jan. 1014:300:30Quarterfinal: 4A1B
Jan. 1014:300:30Relegation: 3B4B
Jan. 1018:304:30Quafterfinal: 3A2B
Jan. 1213:0023:00Semifinal: 1A4A/1B
Jan. 1214:300:30Relegation: 3B4B
Jan. 1217:003:00Semifinal: 2A3A/2B
Jan. 1218:304:305th place
Jan. 1313:0023:00Bronze Medal Game
Jan. 1314:300:30Relegation: 3B4B *if needed
Jan. 1317:003:00Gold Medal Game

How to Watch

The IIHF is streaming every single game on their YouTube channel.

As an aside, highlights from the 2013 Worlds are also on there.

The IIHF does a surprisingly good job with stats, record keeping, and recaps for every single game. Those can be found on their website.

On Twitter, the hashtag for the tournament is #U18WWC.


No country besides USA and Canada have ever won gold at U18 Worlds. This year USA is looking for a record fifth straight gold medal as well.

U18 History

2018Dmitrov, RussiaUSASwedenCanada
2017Zlin/Prerov, Czech USACanadaRussia
2016St. Catharines, Ontario, Can.USACanadaSweden
2015Buffalo, NY, USUSACanadaRussia
2014Budapest, HungaryCanadaUSACzech Republic
2013Heinola/Vierumaki, FinlandCanadaUSASweden
2012Zlin/Prerov, Czech CanadaUSASweden
2011Stockholm, SwedenUSACanadaFinland
2010Woodridge, IL, USCanadaUSASweden
2009Fussen, GermanyUSACanadaSweden
2008Calgary, Albert, CANUSACanadaCzech Republic