FAQ about the World Championship (Ver. 20 April 2024)

A1. There is a capacity limit to apply to the World Championship, but no special conditions except for early entry. (There are conditions regarding players’ nationalities for Domestic Early/General Entry and Entries from IMO Member Nations.) You can participate by applying for the early entry before its capacity is filled or if you win the lottery for the general entry.However, for the Nations Cup (refer to Q2), only members selected by each country will participate, so its entry window is not opened in public.

For the selection process of Japan national team/players, please refer to the following page.
■JMA Points Ranking (in Japanese only)

*Regarding national teams except for Japan, please contact each nation’s Mölkky organisation/association.

A2. “2024 Mölkky World Championship in Hakodate” is scheduled from 23 to 25 August 2024.
Day 1: 23 August (Friday) … Opening Ceremony, Nations Cup
Day 2: 24 August (Saturday) … World Championship (Preliminary Round)
Day 3: 25 August (Sunday) … World Championship (Finals Tournament)

The World Championship main event held on 24 and 25 August, as mentioned in Q1, is an open tournament to determine the “world’s best team.” The nations cup involves countries joining the International Mölkky Organisation, where representatives selected from each national body aim to become the “best national team.” (JMA defines the team/players participating with this Nations Cup as the “Japan national team/players.”)

A3. Yes, team members can be changed. To request changes, please contact us via email at:

■Deadline for member changes: June 30th (Sunday)
When contacting us, please provide the following information:
>Team Name
>Name of the member withdrawing from the team
>Name, gender, and age group of the new member joining the team

*For teams that have applied through Domestic Early Entry, participation is limited to JMA qualified players only.

A4. Changes to team members will be accepted until the end of June(refer to Q3), but after that, changes will not be allowed, including on the day of the event.

A5. Each team must consist of 4 to 6 members, so entry with 3 members is not accepted. However, in cases of unforeseen accidents on the day of the match, participating with one member missing is permissible. If the team changes from 4 to 3 members, the missing member will be counted as a throwing error for each turn.

A6. There are no plans to hold doubles matches at the “2024 Mölkky World Championships in Hakodate”. However, we are currently considering other recreational or additional events. Further details will be announced later.

A7. Not particularly. As long as it’s comfortable for play, it’s fine. Participating in the matches with attention-catching team uniforms or cosplay is also welcome. However, high-heels are not permitted for safety reasons. Please wear shoes suitable for exercise.

A8. If you win the lottery, you will receive instructions for payment on the lottery date. Please make sure to complete the payment by the deadline. Payment of the entry fee constitutes completion of the entry process.
*In case if the payment is not made by the due date, the winning status of that team will be cancelled.

A9. No, it is not possible. Each team can only submit one application. (The same representative nor team members cannot apply for multiple entries.) Additionally, transfers of slots (or changing representatives) are not allowed.
If the above precautions are not followed, or if any fraudulent action to increase the chances of winning is detected, the winning status of that team will be cancelled.

A10. As soon as it is determined, we will announce it on this website.

A11. Attendance at the opening ceremony on the 23rd is optional for players. However, on the 23rd, there will be numerous events, including the opening ceremony and Nations Cup. We also appreciate your support for the representatives of each country participating in the Nations Cup which are planned to be held at Showa Park.

A12. There are two venues for the matches, but each team participating on the same day will be limited to one of the venues. After all entries have closed, a draw for the preliminary rounds will be conducted. Based on the results of this draw, we plan to inform each team in late May about which venue they will compete in for the preliminary rounds.

A13. Currently, it is under consideration. We will inform you as soon as a decision is made regarding shuttle buses, but we kindly ask that you come to the venue using public transportation wherever possible.

A14. Temporary parking lots will be prepared at both Showa Park and Hakodate National College of Technology, but the number of spaces will be limited. Therefore, we kindly ask that you use public transportation wherever possible.

A15. We plan to have food trucks and other vendors available. For the latest information, please check this website constantly.

A16. Please check the list of registered teams at the following link.
▶︎List of registered teams〈2024 MM in HAKODATE〉(Click to open the spreadsheet)
*If there are any errors or changes in team names due to typos or other issues, please contact the following email address:

A17. General spectators are welcome, and admission is free. However, access to the playing grounds during matches may be restricted, and entrance may be limited if there are many spectators.

A18. Currently, the teams check-in is scheduled as follows:
On the 22nd August, Thursday, at Hakodate National College of Technology, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (tentative)
On the 23rd August, Friday, at Showa Park, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (tentative)
On the 24th August, Saturday, at each venue, from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM (tentative)
For the latest information, please check please check this website constantly.

A19. If you wish to cancel, please notify us at the following address: However, please note that after completing the entry by paying the participation fee, we cannot provide refunds for withdrawals due to participants’ circumstances.

The following Q&As are regarding Domestic Early Entry in Japan. Domestic Early Entry has already ended, but please feel free to check for any necessary information regarding changes in team members or other matters.

A20. The conditions for domestic early entry are that all team members must be residents of Japan and have completed JMA player registration for the fiscal year 2024 (April 2024 to March 2025).

A21. Since all team members are required to be registered as JMA qualified players, the following judgments will apply: If you applied as a team with 4 members and 1 or more members haven’t registered as JMA qualified players, your team won’t qualify for early entry, and your entry will be cancelled.

If you applied as a team with 5 or 6 members and only one member hasn’t registered as a JMA qualified player, the unregistered member will be removed from the member list. As long as at least 4 members are listed, the team qualifies for early entry.

A22. For early entry, please complete JMA Qualified Player registration for all team members before the team representative applies. If you need to change members after applying for early entry, the new member also must be registered as a JMA qualified player. Note that we will accept member changes until the end of June.

In case of discrepancies/errors during team member changes, based on the policy addressed in A8 above, your early entry may be cancelled. (Contact for member changes:

2024 Mölkky World Championship in Hakodate, JAPAN
■ Organizer: International Mölkky Organization (IMO)
■ Administrator: Japan Mölkky Association (JMA)
■ Supporters: Hokkaido / Hakodate City / Hakodate City Board of Education
National Institute of Technology, Hakodate College (N.I.T. Hakodate College) / Hokkaido Finland Association
■ Nominal Supporter: Embassy of Finland
■ Special Collaboration: Visit Finland (Finnish Tourist Board)

【 Contact 】
Japan Mölkky Association; World Championship Section