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WFC 2016 Qualifications

35 countries registered for the Men´s WFC 2016. All teams, apart from the host country (Latvia), had to qualify for the Final Round via the qualifications. There were 6 groups in the qualifications events four in Europe and one each in Asia-Oceania and the Americas.

The organisers of the European qualifications were Slovakia (Nitra), Estonia (Tallinn), Poland (Lochow) and Slovenia (Skofja Loka), while in Americas the event was held in USA (Denver, Colorado). In Asia-Oceania, Thailand hosted the qualification as well as competed for the first time. This was also Estonia´s first time as event organiser.

Thailand & Iceland made their WFC debuts.

Follow the links on the group names below to go to each group´s event page.

The qualification groups were composed according to region and ranking as follows :

EUR1 - Slovakia

EUR2 - Estonia

EUR3 - Poland

EUR4 - Slovenia




Skofja Loka

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Sweden (1)

Finland (2)

Switzerland (3)

Czech Republic (4)

Slovakia (9)

Estonia (8)

Germany (7)

Norway (6)

Russia (11)

Denmark (12)

Poland (14)

Serbia (20)

Belgium (24)

Austria (23)

Spain (22)

Italy (21)

France (25)

Netherlands (28)

Great Britain (29)

Slovenia (27)

Iceland (-)*

Liechtenstein (30)

Americas - USA

AOFC - Thailand

Denver, Colorado


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USA (10)

Japan (15)

Canada (13)

Australia (16)

Jamaica (32)

Korea (17)

Singapore (18)

New Zealand (26)

Malaysia (33)

Thailand (-)*

Numbers in brackets show the current ranking based on the results from the last two WFC events or other IFF events if there had been no WFC participation.
* Countries with no ranking number were participating in their first IFF event and received a ranking after the WFC.

From Americas the top 2 teams qualified.

From AOFC the top 3 teams qualified.

From Europe, a total of 10 teams qualified according to the following:

- The two best teams from each qualification group qualified; and

- The the two best 3rd placed teams from all the EUR groups qualified

The calculation of the best 3rd placed teams followed this order: 1. Average number of points 2. Average goal difference 3. Average scored goals 4. Lottery drawing *

*Since the number of teams between the qualification groups differed, the group sizes were equalised by removing the results from the matches against the lowest placed teams in the larger-sized group before comparing the average results.

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