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Playing system

The 16 nations are divided into two divisions with each two groups. The best 8 nations are playing in A division, the other 8 teams in B division.

A division

Every team plays each other once within their group. The top two teams after the group stage proceed to the semi-finals, while the other four teams have placement matches. The 8th placed team in A division will be relegated to B division for 2020.

B division

Every team plays each other once within their group. The top two teams after the group stage proceed to the semi-finals, while the other four teams have placement matches. The winner of B division will be promoted to A division for 2020.