United States eased to victory in the first playoff match against Canada for this year's Women's World Floorball Championships ©IFF

United States moved to the brink of qualifying for the Women's World Floorball Championships by winning the first leg of their playoff with Canada in Detroit.

The US proved too strong for their opponents as the two-legged Americas qualification tie began at the Brownstown Sports Center.

They eased to a 14-2 victory in the first match of the playoff to take a step closer to earning their place at the Championships.

Canada will hope to respond tomorrow when the second match takes place, with action being held at the same venue.

Following their comfortable first leg win, the US look likely to complete the 16-team line-up for the World Championships.

The Championships are scheduled to take place in Swiss town Neuchâtel from December 7 to 15.

Switzerland have qualified as the host nation, while Australia, Japan, Thailand and Singapore are the four representatives of Asia.

Ten European nations have also secured their place at the event.

They are Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Slovakia and Sweden.

Sweden are the defending champions having beaten Finland in the 2017 final, securing a sixth consecutive title and eighth overall.

They won 2-1 on penalties following a 5-5 draw after overtime.