2023 World Juniors playoff bracket – How does it work

The 2023 World Juniors playoff bracket is here. The IIHF disclosed the World Juniors groups in May 2022. Here we have explained how the 2023 World Juniors playoff bracket does work.

2023 World Juniors playoff picture, if the Championships ended today.

Group A

  1. Canada (1A)
  2. Sweden (2A)
  3. Germany (3A)
  4. Czechia (4A)
  5. Austria (5A)

Group B

  1. United States (1B)
  2. Finland (2B)
  3. Slovakia (3B)
  4. Switzerland (4B)
  5. Latvia (5B)

How Quarterfinals schedule work?

  • 1A vs 4B = CAN vs SUI
  • 2A vs 3B = SWE vs LAT
  • 1B vs 4A = USA vs CZE
  • 2B vs 3A = FIN vs GER

How do Semifinals work?

The top-ranked teams from Group A will play against the lowest-ranked team in Group B, and top-ranked teams from Group B will play the lowest-ranked team of Group A.

  • (1A vs 4B) vs (1B vs 4A) = CAN vs CZE
  • (2A vs 3B) vs (2B vs 3A) = FIN vs SWE

Gold Medal Game

  • 1A vs 2A= CAN vs FIN

How 2023 World U20 Championships playoff does work?

In each group, the top four winning teams according to their highest points will be able to play in the quarterfinals on Monday, January 2, 2023. No. one seed from Group A will play again against the No. 4 seed of Group B in Game 1, No. two seeds from Group A will play against the No. three seed of Group B in Game 2, No. three seeds from Group A will play against the No. two seed of Group B in Game 3 and No. four seeds from Group A will play against the No. one seed of Group B in Game 4 in the 2023 World Juniors quarterfinal rounds.

The winner of Game 1 will play against the winner of Game 3 and the winner of Game 2 will play against the winner of Game 4 in the semifinals on Wednesday, January 4, 2023. The losers of the semifinals will battle for the Bronze Medal Game on Thursday, January 5, 2023, and finally, the winner of the semifinals will meet in the 2023 World Junior championship for the Gold Medal Game on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at Scotiabank Centre or Avenir Centre in Canada.