The U.S. Women's National Team has taken part in the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship since it began in 1990. The tournament initially took place in 1990, 1992, 1994 and 1997 until it became a sport in the Olympic Winter Games in 1998. Since that time, the IIHF Women's World Championship has taken place annually with the exception of an Olympic year when it is not held.
The U.S. has reached the gold medal game in all 20 of the events, capturing the event’s top prize five of the last six years and a total of nine times (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019), including eight of the last 10 tournaments.
The 2021 IIHF Women's World Championship took place August 20-31, 2021. The WinSport Arena at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, played host to all 31 games of the championship. The U.S. claimed the silver medal after falling in overtime to Canada, 3-2, in the gold-medal game. Originally, the tournament was set for Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia from May 6-16, 2021. On April 21, the IIHF and Hockey Canada postponed the tournament due to safety concerns associated with COVID 19. For the full statement, go here.
The U.S. has won the gold in five of the last six IIHF Women's World Championships (2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019). Additionally, the U.S. has captured the top-prize in eight of the last 10 IIHF Women's World Championships. Team USA now stands at 81-5-7-9-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in 104 career games and has outscored its opponents 662-156 all-time.