The draw has been made for this year's Women's World Floorball Championships in Singapore, the second time the tournament has been held in the country ©Getty Images

Groups have been drawn for this year's Women's World Floorball Championships in Singapore. 

This will be the second time the tournament is taking place in Singapore following the 2005 edition, also the only time the tournament was held outside Europe.

Group A is due to consist of Latvia, Norway, runners-up in 2021 Finland and number three ranked Switzerland.

Switzerland will have happy memories of Singapore as they lifted the trophy there 18 years ago when they beat Finland 4-3 in the final.

It made them the only country other than Sweden or Finland to have won the tournament since it launched in 1997. 

Switzerland have since won the silver medal in 2019 and the bronze in 2007, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2021.

Group B is set to have Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic and defending champions Sweden.

Sweden will be chasing an 11th title and ninth in a row at the Championships due to open on December 2 and conclude on December 10. 

Finland were the other winners of the Championships in 1999 and 2001.

At the last Women's World Floorball Championships in Uppsala, Sweden beat Finland 4-3 in overtime. 

Hosts Singapore headline Group C, where they will be facing France, Australia and Germany.

Group D will have the United States, Estonia, Japan and Denmark.

The teams with the higher world rankings were drawn into Groups A and B, while the teams with the lower rankings were drawn into Group C and D.

Teams will everyone in their group once, with nations from Group A and B qualifying directly to the quarter-finals, while the two remaining teams will face-off in a playoffs against the top two teams from Groups C and D.

Su Chun Wei, the chief of Sport Singapore, expressed excitement over the country hosting the event again.

"Singapore hosting the Women’s WFC again signals a boost for the sport, as well as the local and regional women’s floorball scene," said Su.

"We’re proud to have been the only country in the APAC region to have hosted the Women’s WFC – this is testament to the International Floorball Federation’s confidence in Singapore. 

"We’ve seen local interest in the sport grow over the last few years, especially among youth. 

"More opportunities to play and compete have also been created to cater to this increased interest. 

"The Women’s WFC is a valuable opportunity for the floorball and wider sporting community to watch world-class sporting action right at their doorstep while also cheering on our national women's team.

"We look forward to working closely with industry partners to deliver a successful and memorable event for sports fans in Singapore."

John Liljelund, the International Floorball Federation secretary general, praised Singapore's interest in the sport.

"It’s a real pleasure for the international floorball community to come back to Singapore after 18 years," said Liljelund. 

"To have a Championship outside of Europe does not only show the development of floorball in Singapore, but also in Southeast Asia. 

"The 16 teams who are coming to the Championships are all here to fight for the gold medal, and to achieve and to bring the sport forward. 

"This is very important for the whole floorball community. 

"We hope to welcome as many of the fans to Singapore to experience the heat, not only outside but also on the field of play.”

Sweden have won the Women's World Floorball Championships 10 times, including in Uppsala in 2021 ©IFF
Sweden have won the Women's World Floorball Championships 10 times, including in Uppsala in 2021 ©IFF

Mindy Lim, the Singapore vice-captain, is looking forward to her team competing again in front of home fans.

"We are very excited to have the WFC happening on home ground," she said.

"We’ve increased our intensity and frequency of training, and we also have a few upcoming competitions such as the SEA (Southeast Asian) Games in Cambodia. 

"We’re also looking to have an exchange training programme with Sweden in May. 

"Such experiences are essential to increase match exposure and build our bond as a team, so that we’ll have better chemistry going into the competition at the end of the year. 

""We are nervous because we’ll have pressure to perform well with our friends and family coming to watch us, but I’m confident my team will be able to manage it well.”

Finland will be looking to bounce back after losing the final last year to Sweden, where Finnish captain Veera Kauppi won most valuable player.

"It’s the small things that make the difference in the world championships, so it’s important that we do everything we can as a team and as individuals in our everyday lives to reach our goal, which is to win the gold medal," said Kauppi.

"For Finland, we know we’ve been so close that it doesn’t need any magic tricks, we just need to do our thing and practise well these months before the tournament. 

"I’m really excited.”

The tournament is set to occur from December 2 to 10.