All players are seeded to basic groups, based on their current ITHF world ranking points OR 80% of their highest historical monthly rating points, whichever is highest.
After basic groups, top players advance to final group(s); score from mutual basic group matches will follow. All other participants will play placements groups; score from mutual basic group matches will not follow. The best 24 players from the final group(s) advance to playoff (best of seven matches). Placement groups will not have a playoff stage. Group stage details, based on number of participants, will be announced later on.
Committee of Referees
The International Table Hockey Federation rules will be used.