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The teams play a single round-robin series. Each team plays each opponent once.
The winner of the event will be promoted to Division I Group A. The last-ranked team will be relegated to Division II Group A.
Until 2011 Division 1B was at the same level as 1A.
Bled will host both U18 I division WC
The city of Bled, Slovenia, already chosen by the federation to host U18 Division I Group B World Championship next April, will organize also the Division I Group A since no-one of the six participating nations submitted an application to host the tournament.
So entire Division I will be played in the same venue: from 07 to 13 April Denmark, Germany, Kazakhstan, France, Norway and Hungary for Group A and from 15 to 21 April 2017 Austria, Japan, Ukraine, Slovenia, Italy and Poland for Group B(05 Aug 2016)