The 2019 IFA Congress in Winterthur (SUI) awarded the next Men’s Fistball World Championship 2023. The choice fell on a joint application of the German Fistball League, the Rhine-Neckar Metropol-Region with the city of Mannheim and the fistball club TV Käfertal.
The preliminary round takes place at the Rhein-Neckar Campus Mannheim and offers a stadium with 5,000 seats. As a highlight the final round will be played in the modern SAP Arena, the home of the Rhein-Neckar Löwen (handball) and the Adler Mannheim (ice hockey).
“The SAP arena has space for 12,000 spectators and will be a great venue for this fistball highlight”, says Uwe Kaliske, Head of Department Sport from the city of Mannheim. It will be the first international fistball event to be played on natural grass indoors. “The arena fulfills all technical regulations”, says Jörg Trinemeier from TV Käfertal. “We expect a sold out venue and a big step up in terms of presentation of the sport and the media production for fistball”, explains IFA President Jörn Verleger.
15th Fistball Men’s World Championship 2019
The 15th Fistball Men’s World Championship held in Stadium Schützenwiese Winterthur from August 11-17th was the biggest of all time. With 18 men’s national teams participating it is the largest from a team perspective as well. Four nations had their first ever World Championship appearance. It was also huge in terms of spectators – 30,000 streamed into the stadium over the week.
Germany won the title in an impressive manner
The old and new world champion is Germany. The biggest fistball nation became World Champion for the 12th time and won third consecutive championships in a row at the 15th IFA Fistball Men’s World Championship. The match was dominated by the German side and Austria wasn’t allowed into the game. Fabian Sagstetter Captain of the German team was understandably pleased with his performance: „We worked very hard for this title all year long. Now we are very happy that we achieved this goal. The atmosphere in the stadium was crazy.”
Final ranking: 1. Germany, 2. Austria, 3. Brazil, 4. Switzerland, 5. Italy, 6. Chile, 7. Argentina, 8. Namibia, 9. Czech Republic, 10. USA, 11. New Zealand, 12. Denmark, 13. Serbia, 14. Poland, 15. Belgium, 16. Australia, 17. Netherlands, 18. Japan