|Date||Feb 7-23, 2014|
Note: This is the only major change compared to 2010 as the preliminary round will take place in two tiers, as Group A will consist of teams ranked 1-4 while Group B will be comprised of teams ranked 5-8. Quarter-finals: 3A-2B & 4A-1B, semi-finals: 1A vs. winner 4A/1B, 2A vs. winner 3A/2B.
Final Olympic Qualification (2 tournaments, 7-10 February 2013)
Nations ranked 7-12 plus the two winners from the Olympic Pre-Qualification.
Olympic Pre-Qualification (2 tournaments, 8-11 November 2012)
Nations ranked 13-18 plus qualifiers from any preliminary qualification required or ranked nations 18 and higher.