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2021 ISBHF World Ball Hockey Championship



Event Date(s) : May 6, 2019
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Contact Email :

Event Location : Expression of Interest to Host
- Canada

2021 ISBHF Ball Hockey World Championship   

Expression of Interest to Host

What is it?

The Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA), has been awarded the rights to host the 2021 International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF) Ball Hockey World Championship.

The CBHA is seeking Expressions of Interest to host this Official World Championship from communities across Canada.

The outline of the basic requirements and process is provided below.

About the CBHA:

More information on the CBHA, an associate member of Hockey Canada, can be found at  The CBHA has 11 member associations spanning across 9 provinces that serves more than 38,000 participants from coast to coast.

The Host is expected to work in partnership with the CBHA and the applicable CBHA Provincial Association Member to deliver a top-quality Championship experience.

About the ISBHF World Championship:

This is a bi-annual championship (the 14th in ISBHF history) to declare the World Champion in both Men’s and Women’s Indoor Ball Hockey.  Canada has captured the Men’s Championship 5 times and are 4-time Women’s World Champions.

This will mark the 3rd time that Canada has hosted this Championship, lasted held in Canada in St. John’s, NFLD in 2013.  It was also hosted in Toronto, ON in 2001.

Based on the recent ISBHF Championships held in Canada, the 2018 ISBHF World Championship will have and estimated economic impact of $1.5 to $2.5 Million to the community, province and Canada.  In addition, there is an estimated $900K to $1.5 million in taxes (direct, indirect and Induced impact) to all 3 levels of government (Based on 2018 ISBHF Junior Worlds hosted in St. John’s, NFLD and Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Model (CSTA) assessment).

The approximate operating budget for this Championship is about $100,000 to $150,000 (dependent on services provided).

The 2019 event is being held in Kosice, Slovakia, from June 14-22.  More information can be found at

There are approximately 20-30 national teams that participate.  The 2019 ISBHF World Championship has a field of 20 Men’s teams and 6 Women’s teams.  The number of teams for 2021 is subject to final confirmation of ISBHF member national associations.

There are approximately 85-95 games to be contested over a 9 or 10 day period (based on 2019 schedule).

We anticipated in excess of 700 participants including players, staff and officials to be hosted for the duration of this event.  Most teams have a contingent of 24 players plus 6 staff.

When is it?

The event will be hosted in June of 2021. 

The tentative dates for the 2021 Championship are Friday June 11, 2021 to Saturday June 19, 2021 (subject to change and ISBHF Approval).

There may also be opportunities to host other activities leading up to the championship including selection and training camps, as well as other development/”grow the sport” activities.

Basic Host Requirements:

  • Facility – exclusive use of at least 2 indoor floor pads (ice hockey specifications) for duration of Championship (add 2 days prior and 1 day post event for preparation and exit).  This includes all signage and game presentation amenities, storage, security, event/meeting space and medical facilities, access to appropriate internet services, etc., as required for most major events. A minimum of 1 venue should have reserved seating with a mid-sized capacity.
  • Access to approximately 200-300 rooms for the accommodation of teams, officials, VIP’s and others. (Note:  Participating National teams will pay for team accommodations)
  • Ability to provide food service for the participants (Note:  Participating National Teams will pay for team meals).
  • Appropriate transportation services for all participants associated with the Championship.
  • Hosts will be responsible to ensure overall financial success of the Championship.
  • Revenue opportunities include: local sponsorship, Municipal and Provincial grants, ticket sales, concessions, special events, fundraising, development events, etc..


If interested, please email, no later than Friday May 17, 2019.

Information needed in this email includes:  organization name, proposed host city/town, contact person, email, and phone number.

Once completed, you will be notified of receipt and will be provided with more detailed bid materials in order to prepare your bid.  ALL groups that submit an Expression of Interest will receive the bid guidelines by the end of day on Friday May 17, 2019.

You will asked to provide an official Letter of Intent (LOI) no later than Friday May 31, 2019.  Required with this LOI will be a non-refundable bid application fee of $500 +HST.

Bids must be submitted by Friday June 28, 2019, via email only.

While there will be no formal in-person bid presentations, the site selection committee (a committee approved by the CBHA Board of Directors), reserves the right to communicate with proposed host groups to clarify and address any questions they may have.

The site selection committee will review all bids and make a recommendation of the host site to the CBHA Board of Directors at their Annual Meeting on August 4, 2019.

Any questions with respect to Expression of Interest material and/or the bid process can be sent via email to  All questions will be responded to in writing only and will be the only method of official communication as it relates to the site selection process for this Championship.  Thank you in advance for your interest.

CBHA Board of Directors

May 2019