It is assumed that there will always be 16 teams in the top division, if more countries appear in the draft (in this case, teams in the lower division teams will fight to get to the top and, accordingly, to the world Cup). 16 teams will form 4 groups.
The composition of groups is based on the team rankings of national teams, which is updated on the 33rd, 40th and 47th days of the season. The
composition of groups is formed as follows:
Group A: 1st, 8th, 12th, 16th places in the ranking;
Group B: 2nd, 7th, 11th, 15th places in the ranking;
Group C: 3rd, 6th, 10th, 14th places in the ranking;
Group D: 4th, 5th, 9th, 13th places in the ranking.
If a team with players that have an age restriction (U20, U18) plays in one of the group games with a player who violates the age limit (example, older than U20 or U18 allows), that team will be disqualified from the group and does not get into the playoff.
A win in regular time is awarded 3 points, in overtime or shootout – 2 points. For a loss in overtime or shootout – 1point.
The following indicators affect the allocation of places in a group:
- Wins in regular time
- Overtime wins
- Defeat in overtime
- The difference of + and - goals
- Goal difference
games(a separate table is built and a comparison begins for the above points).
Two teams from each group qualify the playoffs. Pairs are formed as follows:
A1 - D2 = E1
D1 - A2 = G1
B1 - C2 = E2
C1 - B2 = G2
Before semifinals teams are reseeding by group results and the 1st team will play with the 4th, and the 2nd with the 3rd.
The tournament runs from day 25 to day 32. At the time of the Olympics interrupted club life, in addition to the free agents
and trades. The last game round before the games is 24. 16 teams participate in the Olympiad, divided into 4 groups (A, B, C, D) according to the rating formed
as follows. All teams have a base 1 point. Next, we consider adult world cups and Olympics for the previous 4 seasons.
For 1 place 3 points are given, for 2 - 2, for3-1. If teams have the same number of points, their place in the ranking is determined randomly. Further groups are formed by teams from the rating:
A: 1, 8, 9, 16;
B: 2, 7, 10, 15;
C: 3, 6, 11, 14;
D: 4, 5, 12, 13;
After the group stage, the first-placed teams in the group qualify quarterfinals. The teams that took 2nd and
3rd places play 1/8. Winners take place in the 1/4.
A2 - D3 = E1
D2 - A3 = E2
B2 - C3 = E3
C3 - B2 = E4
A1 - E3 = H1
B1 - E1 = H2
C1 - E2 = H3
D1 - E4 = H4
H1 - H4 = W1, L1 (loser)
H2 - H3 = W2, L2
Third place match
L1 - L2
W1 - W2