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.



Hotels & Bed and breakfast

The hotels of the Hotels² association offer the ideal starting point for city exploration and tours. Whether business trip or city trip, individual or group traveller, culture or outdoor fan, design lover or purist. Here you are guaranteed to find the perfect hotel for your stay in the City of Squares.


Surrounded by green and by life at the same time Mannheim, the second largest city in Baden-Württemberg is located between Rhein and Neckar. Urban Flair and plenty of green: 1606, elector Friedrich IV. from Pfalz, installed the chessboard-like system which exists until today: the squares. How about a walk from A1 to L4?


Both the RV park in Mannheim-Neuostheim and the camping site in Mannheim-Neckarau are ideal home bases for exploring the Rhine-Neckar region.

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Highlights OF 2019

The 15th IFA Fistball World Championship in Winterthur from August 11-17 was the biggest fistball world championship ever. With 18 teams participating, there were more than ever before. The entire field of participants spanned five continents. There were four new nations: New Zealand, Belgium, Poland and the Netherlands. The fans were also very enthusiastic, with almost 30,000 spectators flocking to the Schützenwiese stadium during the week of the World Cup.


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