The IFF Central Board (CB) confirmed the playing of the Men’s WFC 2020 in Helsinki, Finland from 3rd December to 11th December 2021.
The Covid-19 pandemic still affects the list of countries which can participate. A total of 14 qualified teams Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and USA) have replied that they are ready to participate and two teams (Australia, Japan) have replied that they cannot due to Covid-19 and travel restrictions.
— It is great that we get to play the WFC with a full number of teams. A lot of attention has been paid to health security issues and we are confident that we are be able to play top matches with full stands in December, says event director Hanne Pirkola.
Based on regional quotas and ranking, several teams were approached about being replacement teams, and as a result of these discussion, the IFF CB confirmed the inclusion of Estonia and Philippines to replace Australia and Japan.
Additionally, the IFF CB confirms to give the IFF Competition Office the task to investigate further possible replacement teams, if needed.