Eight teams contested the second tier this year in Caen, Rouen, Le Havre, and LouviersFrance from December 27 to January 5. It was played in a simple round robin format, each team playing seven games. Two teams were promoted, no team was relegated because of the expansion of the top tier.
This would be the final year for a pre-tournament qualification. The winner of this tournament would participate in the C1 pool, second and third would participate in C2. It was played from September 3 to 5, in MinskBelarus.
Eight teams were divided into two round robin groups, with placement games to follow (1st played 1st, etc.). Because there were to be two teams promoted, each group winner secured promotion before the placement games. The tournament took place from December 29 to January 3, in PuigcerdaSpain.
Six teams played a round robin, with the top two gain promotion for the following year's Pool C, the remaining teams would be placed in Pool D. It was played from December 31 to January 6, in TallinnEstonia.