Russian national team had recently won the Olympic Games in Rio, but many things had changed since around the team and Trefilov decided to bring a very young, unexperienced squad to Sweden, looking forward to the future also. From the Olympic gold medalist team there are five players only in the squad as Irina Bliznova, Olga Akopian and Tatiana Erokhina retired after the OG, some players like Anna Sedoykina, Polina Kuznetcova are injured, Ekaterina Ilina and Maya Petrova were not selected, they are probably resting after a long and exhausting season.
In exchange Ludmila Postnova is back for Russia and Polina Vedekhina is recovered after injury and ready to play. In addition, there are several youngsters in the squad, having the opportunity to gain international experience on senior level.
Absences: Ekaterina Ilina, Polina Kuznetcova, Anna Sedoykina, Ekaterina Marennikova, Maya Petrova
Key players: Anna Vyakhireva, Vladlena Bobrovnikova, Daria Dmitrieva, Anna Sen
Goalkeepers: Victoria Kalinina (Kuban Krasnodar), Kira Trusova (Astrakhanochka), Elena Utkina (Lada Togliatti)
Line players: Yana Zhilinskayte (Kuban Krasnodar), Ksenia Makeeva (Rostov-Don)
Right wings: Marina Sudakova (Kuban Krasnodar), Anna Vyahireva (Rostov-Don)
Right backs: Antonina Skorobogatchenko (Dinamo Sinara), Anna Sen (Rostov-Don)
Centre backs: Daria Dmitrieva (Lada Togliatti), Olga Gorshenina (Kuban Krasnodar), Karina Sabirova (Astrakhanochka)
Left backs: Vladlena Bobrovnikova (Rostov-Don), Victoriya Zhilinskayte (Kuban Krasnodar), Elizaveta Malashenko (Lada Togliatti) , Anastasia Suslova (Dinamo Sinara), Polina Vedekhina (Dinamo Sinara), Ljudmila Postnova (Astrakhanochka)
Left wings: Daria Samokhina (Lada Togliatti), Kristina Kozhokar (Astrakhanochka)