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Lahti is the host city of the tournament

The host city for the IFAF Flag Football World Championship tournament is Lahti. All group stage matches of the World Championships will be played at Pajulahti Olympic and Paralympic Training Center’s fields from August 27 to 29. The tournament culminates in the medal games played at Lahti Sports Centre on August 30.

City of Lahti

With 120,000 inhabitants, Lahti is one of Finland’s largest cities. Lahti is famous as a winter sports city and internationally known for its environmental and design expertise and high-level cultural services. City of Lahti was awarded the title of European Green Capital 2021 as the first city in Finland.

The City of Lahti was built at the intersection of the Salpausselkä ridge and Lake Vesijärvi, where nature and the urban environment merge. The landscape modified by the Ice Age and shaped by water invites all to climb the ridges and return down to the lake shores. It’s hard to stay still.

Lahti is the first real lakeside city you come to from the capital Helsinki, located in Lakeland Finland. It takes only one hour to travel from Helsinki to Lahti via motorway or by train. In region you may enjoy a wide range of activities and events in the surroundings of unique Salpausselkä UNESCO Global Geopark area.

Lahti is known for its major international sports events, such as Lahti Ski Games, Finlandia Ski Marathon, Ironman 70.3, and gravel event FNLD GRVL. The city already has its sights set on hosting the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships for the eighth time. The events play an important role in the city’s cultural heritage and tourism appeal. In 2024, Lahti will host the IFAF World Flag Football Championships and Women’s U19 Floorball Championships.

Lahti Sports Centre

Within walking distance of city centre hotels, you can see the Lahti landmarks: the three ski jumps. In addition to large-scale events, the Lahti Sports Centre serves a great number of active residents and visitors on a daily basis. The Sports Centre is home to the ski jumps, the Stadium, which is an arena for skiing and athletics and a gate to the outstanding nature, Salpausselkä Geopark with its trails and tracks for skiing, running, cycling and wellness walkings.

All medal games of the Flag Football World Championships 2024 will be played on the natural grass field of Lahti Sport Centre.

Visit Lahti

Lahti museums offer interactive experiences, such as seeing the city from the top of a radio mast and ski jumping off Lahti’s largest ski jumping hill. A for­mer brewery complex in the heart of the city, known as Malski, has turned into a vibrant hub of art and culture and is a favorite spot for urban encoun­ters. Among the attractions is the Lahti Museum of Visual Arts Malva, which boasts an impressive collection of both classical art and contemporary design.

Welcome to Lahti – Sustainable Sport destination!


Visit Lahti

Pajulahti Olympic and Paralympic Training Center

Pajulahti Olympic and Paralympic Training Center will serve as the main athlete village and playing venue. Pajulahti is the only Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Finland and it is located 1,5 hours from Helsinki airport and 20 minutes from the city center of Lahti on the shore of Lake Iso-Kukkanen, a clean mid-size lake. 

All the accommodation, restaurant and sport venues are in the same area with walking distance. 

All games, except for the medal games, will be played at Pajulahti. Pajulahti has a total of 6 fields, including 3 on natural grass, 2 outdoors on artificial turf and 1 indoors on artificial turf.


Take a closer look at Pajulahti web pages:

Sports Center Pajulahti