The next Men’s World Fistball Championships is scheduled to run from July 23 to 29 in 2023 in Mannheim ©IFA

The International Fistball Association (IFA) has revealed the logo for the 2023 Men’s World Fistball Championship in Mannheim in Germany.

The unveiling comes with less than 800 days before the IFA’s flagship event is scheduled to start on July 23.

It will be the fourth time Germany has staged the World Championship, with Schweinfurt playing host in 1972, Hannover in 1982 and Oldenburg in 2007.

The logo was unveiled on the large video cube at Mannheim’s SAP Arena, which is set to stage matches along with the Rhine-Necker Stadium.

"We are very pleased to present the official event logo 800 days before the start of the World Championship," said IFA President Jörn Verleger.

"Our logo is different than what people have been used to because the World Championship is also different than before.

"The final phase in the SAP Arena on natural lawn is extraordinary for fistball as an outdoor sport.

"The different shapes and widths of the letters represent a fistball playing field as well as the City of Mannheim and the teams that bring the field to life.

"The colours symbolise the organisers - red for Mannheim and the DFBL, blue for the IFA and both together are also present at TV Käfertal."

Organising Committee President Jörg Trinemeier expects the event to draw in large crowds in two years’ time.

"After the preliminary round in the Rhine-Neckar Stadium, the games up to the final will be played in the SAP Arena," said Trinemeier.

"In a unique setting, the new fistball world champion will then be determined – hopefully in front of a sold-out crowd – in front of more than 11,000 fans."

Germany has won the men's title on 12 occasions and will hope to secure a fourth successive crown in Mannheim.

German attacker Patrick Thomas said the anticipation ahead of a home World Championship was "huge".

"For me, it’s especially special that the World Championship is only a few kilometres away from my home in Pfungstadt and that family and friends can be there live," said Thomas.

"It will certainly be a real witch’s cauldron that everyone involved will not forget in a hurry.

"We’ve won a lot with the national team in recent years, so you always have to set yourself new goals.

"The World Championship in your country makes it very easy to motivate yourself week after week in training."