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Top 20 rankings as of May 2019[1]
Men's
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  Canada 3705
2 Increase 1  Russia 3640
3 Increase 2  Finland 3615
4 Decrease 2  Sweden 3615
5 Increase 1  Czech Republic 3465
6 Decrease 2  United States 3430
7 Increase 1  Germany 3355
8 Decrease 1   Switzerland 3325
9 Increase 1  Slovakia 3040
10 Increase 1  Latvia 3025
11 Decrease 2  Norway 3005
12 Steady  Denmark 2925
13 Steady  France 2840
14 Steady  Belarus 2735
15 Increase 2  Austria 2635
16 Increase 3  Italy 2620
17 Decrease 1  South Korea 2620
18 Decrease 3  Slovenia 2620
19 Decrease 1  Kazakhstan 2570
20 Increase 2  Great Britain 2480
Women's
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  United States 3900
2 Steady  Canada 3730
3 Steady  Finland 3675
4 Steady  Russia 3560
5 Steady   Switzerland 3415
6 Increase 1  Japan 3290
7 Decrease 1  Sweden 3275
8 Increase 1  Czech Republic 3270
9 Decrease 1  Germany 3250
10 Steady  France 3015
11 Increase 1  Denmark 2910
12 Decrease 1  Austria 2910
13 Steady  Norway 2895
14 Steady  Hungary 2875
15 Steady  Slovakia 2720
16 Steady  South Korea 2680
17 Steady  Italy 2655
18 Steady  Latvia 2490
19 Steady  Kazakhstan 2470
20 Steady  China 2460
*Change: Men's versus May 2018[2], Women's versus April 2018[3]

The IIHF World Ranking is a ranking of the performance of the national ice hockey teams of member countries of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). It is based on a formula giving points for each team's placings at IIHF-sanctioned tournaments over the previous four years. The ranking is used to determine seedings and qualification requirements for future IIHF tournaments. The current leader in rankings is Canada in men's play and the United States in women's play.

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DescriptionEdit

The system was approved at the IIHF congress of September 2003.[4] According to IIHF President René Fasel, the system was designed to be simple to understand and "reflect the long-term quality of all national hockey programs and their commitment to international hockey".[5]

The ranking is used to determine the seeding of the teams for the next World Championship and to select the teams which can participate in Winter Olympics without playing in the qualifying round. For example, for the 2014 Winter Olympics, the first nine teams of the Men's World Ranking and the first six of the Women's World Ranking were pre-qualified. Qualification for the men's tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics was structured around the 2012 ranking. Twelve spots were made available for teams. The top nine teams in the World Ranking after the 2012 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships received automatic berths into the Ice Hockey event. All IIHF teams had an opportunity to qualify for the event. Teams that wished to participate ranked below 29th played a preliminary qualification in September 2012. The winner of the preliminary and teams ranked 19-29th were divided in three groups to play in the pre-qualification round in November 2012. The winner of each pre-qualification group and teams ranked 10-18 were divided in three groups to play in the final qualification in February 2013. The winner of each group then joined the nine top-ranked teams in the Olympics in 2014.

The women's tournament uses a similar qualification format. The top six teams in the IIHF Women's World Ranking after the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship received automatic berths into the ice hockey event. Lower ranked teams had an opportunity to qualify for the event. Teams ranked 19th and below were divided into two groups where they played in a preliminary qualification round in the autumn of 2012. The two winners and teams ranked 13-18 were divided into two groups where they played in the pre-qualification round in November 2012. The two group winners from the round advanced to the final qualification round, where the teams ranked seventh through twelfth joined them.[6]

FormulaEdit

The world ranking is based on the final positions of the last four Men's or Women's IIHF World Championships and last Olympic ice hockey tournament. Points are assigned according to a team's final placement in the World Championship or the Olympic tournament. The world champion receives 1200 points and then a 20-point interval is used between teams. However, a 40-point interval is used between gold and silver, silver and bronze, fourth and fifth, and eighth and ninth. This is used as a bonus for the teams who reach the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, the final and for winning the gold medal.[7]

Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ...
Points 1200 1160 1120 1100 1060 1040 1020 1000 960 940 920 900 880 860 840 820 800 780 760 740 ...

Points awarded in the current year are valued at the full amount. Points award in the prior years decline linearly by 25% until the fifth year when they are dropped from the calculation. Under this formula, any year with a World Championship and an Olympics will be counted twice in the tables, for a maximum ranking (gold medal in all five events) of: 4200 points at the completion of an Olympic year, 3900 points at the completion of the following year, 3600 points the next year, and 3300 points in the year before the next Olympics. For example, if after the 2019 Championship a team had won the gold medal in the last four championships and the last Olympic tournament, their score would be 3900:

Competition Valuation
coefficient
Points
2019 IIHF World Championship 100% 1200
2018 IIHF World Championship 75% 900
2018 Winter Olympics 75% 900
2017 IIHF World Championship 50% 600
2016 IIHF World Championship 25% 300
2015 IIHF World Championship 0% 0
Counts Five Tournaments from Four Latest Years 3900
Starting April 2014, Women's rankings count Olympics points twice, to be on same formula
as Men's rankings, as no Women's top division World Championship is held in Olympic years

Men's rankingsEdit

The Men's 2019 ranking[1] is based on the performance at the World Championships of 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016, and at the 2018 Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

For the 2018 Winter Olympics, Russia's Olympic Committee and many of its athletes were banned for illegal doping.[8] The IIHF opposed an outright ban on all Russian players[9], concerned that the KHL would disallow its players from participating in the tournament, as the NHL had done. The ice hockey team from the Russian hockey federation played under the banner of the International Olympic Committee as "Olympic Athletes from Russia", along with other Russian athletes not banned for doping.

The following table lists the previous ranking following the 2018 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships, and the ranking in progress for the 2019 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. Scores in italics represent minimum possible scores for unfinished tournaments. All tournament's points have their full value displayed, while the ranking is calculated by adding the current year's tournament points to the depreciated previous three years' tournament points as explained above. The depreciated percentages are shown in the column headings, first for the current total, then for the new total. The "Total" columns are the sums of the current tournament points and the depreciated values for past tournaments. The "+/–" columns indicate the increase or decrease in ranking since the last tournament. A dash in a tournament column indicates that the country did not participate.

2019
Rank
2018
Rank
Team WC division
(as of 2019)
WC2019
(—)
(100%)
WC2018
(100%)
(75%)
OLY2018
(100%)
(75%)
WC2017
(75%)
(50%)
WC2016
(50%)
(25%)
WC2015
(25%)
(0%)
2018
Total
+/− 2019
Total
+/−
1 1   Canada Championship 1160 1100 1120 1160 1200 1200 3990   3705  
2 3   Russia Championship 1120 1040 1200 1120 1120 1160 3930   1 3640   1
3 5   Finland Championship 1200 1060 1040 1100 1160 1040 3765   1 3615   2
4 2   Sweden Championship 1060 1200 1060 1200 1040 1060 3945   1 3615   2
5 6   Czech Republic Championship 1100 1020 1100 1020 1060 1100 3690   1 3465   1
6 4   United States Championship 1020 1120 1020 1060 1100 1120 3765   2 3430   2
7 8   Germany Championship 1040 920 1160 1000 1020 940 3575   1 3355   1
8 7    Switzerland Championship 1000 1160 940 1040 920 1000 3590   1 3325   1
9 10   Slovakia Championship 960 960 920 860 960 960 3245   3040   1
10 11   Latvia Championship 940 1000 860 940 880 880 3225   2 3025   1
11 9   Norway Championship 900 880 1000 920 940 920 3270   3005   2
12 12   Denmark Championship 920 940 800 900 1000 860 3130   2 2925  
13 13   France Championship 840 900 840 960 860 900 3115   1 2840  
14 14   Belarus Division I A 780 840 880 880 900 1020 3085   3 2735  
15 17   Austria Championship 820 860 780 800 740 840 2820   2635   2
16 19   Italy Championship 860 780 760 820 780 720 2725   2620   3
17 16   South Korea Division I A 760 820 900 780 720 680 2835   2 2620   1
18 15   Slovenia Division I A 740 720 960 840 800 820 2915   2620   3
19 18   Kazakhstan Division I A 800 760 820 760 820 800 2760   2 2570   1
20 22   Great Britain Championship 880 800 660 680 660 660 2465   2 2480   2
21 20   Hungary Division I A 720 740 700 720 840 780 2595   2370   1
22 21   Poland Division I B 660 700 740 740 760 760 2565   2300   1
23 23   Japan Division I B 640 660 720 660 700 740 2410   1 2180  
24 25   Lithuania Division I A 700 680 560 640 640 640 2200   2110   1
25 24   Ukraine Division I B 600 620 680 700 680 700 2340   1 2095   1
26 26   Estonia Division I B 620 640 600 620 600 600 2155   1 2010  
27 29   Romania Division I B 680 600 580 560 580 560 2030   1990   2
28 28   Netherlands Division I B 580 560 640 580 560 580 2060   1910  
29 27   Croatia Division II A 540 580 620 600 620 620 2115   1 1895   2
30 30   Serbia Division II A 560 520 540 520 500 520 1830   1740  
31 31   Spain Division II A 500 440 520 460 540 500 1700   1585  
32 33   China Division II A 480 500 440 440 460 440 1610   1520   1
33 32   Iceland Division II B 420 460 480 480 480 480 1660   1485   1
34 34   Israel Division II B 440 400 460 400 400 360 1450   1 1385  
35 36   Australia Division II A 520 540 540 440 460 1280   2 1305   1
36 35   Mexico Division II B 360 360 500 360 420 400 1440   1 1290   1
37 37   Belgium Division II A 460 480 500 520 540 1250   1 1200  
38 38   Bulgaria Division III 320 300 420 300 340 380 1210   1 1095  
39 40   Georgia Division II B 380 320 400 280 0 240 990   1 1060   1
40 39   New Zealand Division II B 400 420 420 380 420 1030   1020   1
41 41   North Korea Division II B 340 380 380 360 320 925   1 905  
42 43   Turkey Division III 300 280 340 320 300 770   1 760   1
43 42   Luxembourg Division III 260 340 320 280 280 790   1 745   1
44 44   South Africa Division III 220 240 240 300 340 655   595  
45 46   Chinese Taipei Division III 240 260 220 425   2 545   1
46 45   Hong Kong Division III Q 180 220 260 240 260 600   535   1
47 49   Turkmenistan Division III 280 200 200 new 430   2
48 47   United Arab Emirates Division III Q 200 160 200 220 365   1 420   1
49 48   Bosnia and Herzegovina Division III Q 140 180 0 260 200 360   1 340   1
50 50   Kuwait Division III Q 120 140 140 new 225  
51   Thailand Division III Q 160 160 new
52   Kyrgyzstan Division III Q 100 100 new

Women's rankingsEdit

The Women's 2019 ranking[1] is based on the performance at the World Championships of 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016, and at the 2018 Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

For the 2018 Winter Olympics, Russia's Olympic Committee and many of its athletes were banned due to systemic illegal doping.[8] The IIHF opposed an outright ban on all Russian players[9] and the ice hockey team from the Russian hockey federation played under the banner of the International Olympic Committee as "Olympic Athletes from Russia", along with other Russian athletes not banned for doping.

The following table lists the previous ranking following the 2018 Women's Ice Hockey World Championships and the ranking in progress for the 2019 Women's Ice Hockey World Championships. Scores in italics represent minimum possible scores for unfinished tournaments. All tournament's points have their full value displayed, while the ranking is calculated by adding the current year's tournament points to the depreciated previous three years' tournament points as explained above. The depreciated percentages are shown in the column headings, first for the current total, then for the new total. The "Total" columns are the sums of the current tournament points and the depreciated values for past tournaments. The "+/–" columns indicate the increase or decrease in ranking since the last tournament. A dash in a tournament column indicates that the country did not participate.

2019
Rank
2018
Rank
Team WC division
(as of 2019)
WC2019
(—)
(100%)
WC2018
(100%)
(75%)
OLY2018
(100%)
(75%)
WC2017
(75%)
(50%)
WC2016
(50%)
(25%)
WC2015
(25%)
(—)
2018
Total
+/− 2019
Total
+/−
1 1   United States Championship 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 4200   3900  
2 2   Canada Championship 1120 1160 1160 1160 1160 1160 4060   3730  
3 3   Finland Championship 1160 1120 1120 1120 1100 1120 3910   3675  
4 4   Russia Championship 1100 1100 1100 1060 1120 1100 3830   3560  
5 5    Switzerland Championship 1060 1060 1060 1020 1020 1040 3655   1 3415  
6 7   Japan Championship 1000 1040 1040 960 1000 1020 3555   1 3290   1
7 6   Sweden Championship 960 1020 1020 1040 1060 1060 3615   1 3275   1
8 9   Czech Republic Championship 1040 1000 960 1000 1040 960 3470   3270   1
9 8   Germany Championship 1020 980 940 1100 960 1000 3475   1 3250   1
10 10   France Championship 940 960 920 860 940 920 3225   1 3015  
11 12   Denmark Division I A 900 900 880 900 900 900 3130   1 2910   1
12 11   Austria Division I A 860 940 860 940 920 940 3200   1 2910   1
13 13   Norway Division I A 880 880 900 920 880 880 3130   1 2895  
14 14   Hungary Division I A 920 920 820 880 840 780 3015   2875  
15 15   Slovakia Division I A 840 860 800 840 860 840 2930   2720  
16 16   South Korea Division I B 780 820 1000 720 700 680 2880   1 2680  
17 17   Italy Division I A 820 840 840 760 780 760 2830   1 2655  
18 18   Latvia Division I B 700 800 780 800 820 860 2805   2 2490  
19 19   Kazakhstan Division I B 720 780 740 820 800 720 2715   1 2470  
20 20   China Division I B 740 760 760 780 760 800 2685   1 2460  
21 21   Netherlands Division I B 800 720 720 700 740 820 2540   2415  
22 22   Poland Division I B 760 740 700 740 720 660 2520   2390  
23 23   Great Britain Division II A 660 700 660 680 680 700 2385   2190  
24 24   Slovenia Division II A 680 640 620 640 640 600 2210   2105  
25 25   Spain Division II A 640 600 680 580 580 560 2145   2035  
26 26   Mexico Division II A 620 620 640 600 540 580 2125   2000  
27 27   Turkey Division II B 500 520 600 520 500 480 1880   1725  
28 28   North Korea Division II A 600 680 660 660 740 1690   1605  
29 30   Australia Division II A 580 660 620 600 520 1555   1535   1
30 29   Hong Kong Division II B Q 380 420 580 400 460 460 1645   1445   1
31 32   New Zealand Division II B 540 540 560 520 620 1375   1 1355   1
32 31   Iceland Division II B 520 560 540 560 540 1380   1 1350   1
33 37   Chinese Taipei Division II B 560 580 480 940   1 1235   4
34 33   Romania Division II B 460 500 500 480 1115   3 1205   1
35 34   South Africa Division II B Q 400 440 440 440 440 1100   1 1060   1
36 36   Croatia Division II B 480 480 620 640 950   1 995  
37 38   Belgium Division II B Q 420 460 460 500 930   1 995   1
38 35   Bulgaria Division II B Q 360 400 420 420 420 1030   1 975   3
39   Ukraine Division II B Q 440 440 new

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "IIHF - World Ranking". iihf.com. IIHF. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  2. ^ "2018 Men's World Ranking". iihf.com. IIHF. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  3. ^ "2018 Women's World Ranking (after WW)". iihf.com. IIHF. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  4. ^ Hockey Canada (30 September 2003). "IIHF Introduces World Ranking and Ranks Canada First in Men's and Women's Hockey". Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  5. ^ Edvinsson, Jan-Ake, ed. (November 2003). "News release–Hockey fans are the best in the world" (PDF). Ice Times. International Ice Hockey Federation. 7 (5): 7. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Olympic Winter Games". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  7. ^ "World Ranking". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  8. ^ a b Ruiz, Rebecca R.; Panja, Tariq (5 December 2017). "Russia Banned From Winter Olympics by I.O.C." The New York Times.
  9. ^ a b Clinton, Jared (29 November 2017). "IIHF says complete ban of Russian Olympians would put 'health of hockey at risk'". The Hockey News.

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