Canada is to host the upcoming IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship ©Getty Images

A total of 250 players have arrived in Calgary for the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Ice Hockey Women's World Championship to start quarantine before the competition begins in Canada.

The ten teams arrived on Tuesday (August 10), prior to the Championship which is set to take place from August 20 to 31.

After quarantine, players will practise and participate in pre-competition games.

Rosters are to be formally registered one day before the start of the tournament, with teams already being trimmed to their final size before departure.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and safety rules which prohibit players from joining late, the roster size was increased to 25 from 23 players.

The foreign teams arrived at Calgary Airport on dedicated charter flights from several airports in Europe and one in the United States.

The US won the 2019 World Championship final against Finland ©Getty Images
The US won the 2019 World Championship final against Finland ©Getty Images

Players, staff, officials, organisers and host broadcast crews are required to quarantine for seven days and take regular polymerase chain reaction tests.

The Championship is scheduled to take place at WinSport Arena at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

The US are the reigning champions, having defeated Finland in the 2019 final.

Along with hosts Canada and 2019 finalists US and Finland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Japan, the Russian Olympic Committee and Switzerland are set to compete in the tournament.