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Top 20 rankings as of 21 May 2018
(Women as of April 2018)
Men's[1]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  Canada 3990
2 Increase 1  Sweden 3945
3 Decrease 1  Russia 3930
4 Increase 2  United States 3765
5 Decrease 1  Finland 3765
6 Decrease 1  Czech Republic 3690
7 Increase 1   Switzerland 3590
8 Decrease 1  Germany 3575
9 Steady  Norway 3270
10 Steady  Slovakia 3245
11 Increase 2  Latvia 3225
12 Increase 2  Denmark 3130
13 Decrease 1  France 3115
14 Decrease 3  Belarus 3085
15 Steady  Slovenia 2915
16 Increase 2  South Korea 2835
17 Steady  Austria 2820
18 Decrease 2  Kazakhstan 2760
19 Steady  Italy 2725
20 Steady  Hungary 2595
Women's[2]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  United States 4200
2 Steady  Canada 4060
3 Steady  Finland 3910
4 Steady  Russia 3830
5 Increase 1   Switzerland 3655
6 Decrease 1  Sweden 3615
7 Increase 1  Japan 3555
8 Decrease 1  Germany 3475
9 Steady 0  Czech Republic 3470
10 Increase 1  France 3225
11 Decrease 1  Austria 3200
12 Increase 1  Denmark 3130
13 Decrease 1  Norway 3130
14 Steady  Hungary 3015
15 Steady  Slovakia 2930
16 Increase 1  South Korea 2880
17 Increase 1  Italy 2830
18 Decrease 2  Latvia 2805
19 Increase 1  Kazakhstan 2715
20 Decrease 1  China 2685
*Change from 1 January 2018
(Women from April 2017)
Complete rankings at IIHF.com

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.[3] 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."[4]

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.[5]

FormulaEdit

The world ranking is based on the final positions of the last four Ice Hockey 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.[6]

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.[6] 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

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.[6]

For the 2018 Winter Olympics, Russia's Olympic Committee and many of its athletes were banned for illegal doping.[7] The IIHF opposed an outright ban on all Russian players, concerned that the KHL would disallow its players from participating in the tournament, as the NHL had done.[8] 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.[8]

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.

2018
Rank
2019
Rank
Team WC division
(as of 2019)
Olympic
Qualifying
Round
WC2019
(—)
(100%)
WC2018
(100%)
(75%)
OLY2018
(100%)
(75%)
WC2017
(75%)
(50%)
WC2016
(50%)
(25%)
WC2015
(25%)
(0%)
2018
Total
+/− 2019
Total
+/−
2 1   Sweden Championship Olympics 1000 1200 1060 1200 1040 1060 3945   1 3560   1
1 2   Canada Championship Olympics 1000 1100 1120 1160 1200 1200 3990   3545   1
3 3   Russia Championship Olympics
(as OAR)[7][8]
1000 1040 1200 1120 1120 1160 3930   1 3520  
5 4   Finland Championship Olympics 1000 1060 1040 1100 1160 1040 3765   1 3415   1
4 5   United States Championship Olympics 1000 1120 1020 1060 1100 1120 3765   2 3410   1
6 6   Czech Republic Championship Olympics 1000 1020 1100 1020 1060 1100 3690   1 3365  
7 7    Switzerland Championship Olympics 1000 1160 940 1040 920 1000 3590   1 3325  
8 8   Germany Championship Olympics 1000 920 1160 1000 1020 940 3575   1 3315  
9 9   Norway Championship Olympics 900 880 1000 920 940 920 3270   2925  
11 10   Latvia Championship Final Qual 900 1000 860 940 880 880 3225   2 2905   1
10 11   Slovakia Championship Olympics 900 960 920 860 960 960 3245   2900   1
12 12   Denmark Championship Final Qual 900 940 800 900 1000 860 3130   2 2865  
13 13   France Championship Final Qual 840 900 840 960 860 900 3115   1 2840  
14 14   Belarus Division I A Final Qual 780 840 880 880 900 1020 3085   3 2735  
17 15   Austria Championship Final Qual 820 860 780 800 740 840 2820   2635   2
16 16   South Korea Division I A Olympics
host
760 820 900 780 720 680 2835   2 2620  
15 17   Slovenia Division I A Olympics 740 720 960 840 800 820 2915   2620   2
19 18   Italy Championship Final Qual 860 780 760 820 780 720 2725   2620   1
18 19   Kazakhstan Division I A Final Qual 800 760 820 760 820 800 2760   2 2570   1
22 20   Great Britain Championship Prelim 2 880 800 660 680 660 660 2465   2 2480   2
20 21   Hungary Division I A Prelim 2 720 740 700 720 840 780 2595   2370   1
21 22   Poland Division I B Final Qual 660 700 740 740 760 760 2565   2300   1
23 23   Japan Division I B Final Qual 640 660 720 660 700 740 2410   1 2180  
25 24   Lithuania Division I A Prelim 2 700 680 580 640 640 640 2220   2125   1
24 25   Ukraine Division I B Prelim 2 600 620 680 700 680 700 2340   1 2095   1
26 26   Estonia Division I B Prelim 2 620 640 600 620 600 600 2155   1 2010  
29 27   Romania Division I B Prelim 2 680 600 560 560 580 560 2010   1975   2
28 28   Netherlands Division I B Prelim 2 580 560 640 580 560 580 2060   1910  
27 29   Croatia Division II A Prelim 2 540 580 620 600 620 620 2115   1 1895   2
30 30   Serbia Division II A Prelim 2 560 520 540 520 500 520 1830   1740  
31 31   Spain Division II A Prelim 1 500 440 520 460 540 500 1700   1585  
33 32   China Division II A Prelim 1 480 500 440 440 460 440 1610   1520   1
32 33   Iceland Division II B Prelim 1 420 460 480 480 480 480 1660   1485   1
34 34   Israel Division II B Prelim 1 440 400 460 400 400 360 1450   1 1385  
36 35   Australia Division II A 520 540 540 440 460 1280   2 1305   1
35 36   Mexico Division II B Prelim 1 360 360 500 360 420 400 1440   1 1290   1
37 37   Belgium Division II A 460 480 500 520 540 1250   1 1200  
38 38   Bulgaria Division III Prelim 1 320 300 420 300 340 380 1210   1 1095  
40 39   Georgia Division II B Qual Game 380 320 400 280 0 240 990   1 1060   1
39 40   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  
43 42   Turkey Division III 300 280 340 320 300 770   1 760   1
42 43   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  
46 45   Chinese Taipei Division III 240 260 220 425   2 545   1
45 46   Hong Kong Division III Q 180 220 260 240 260 600   535   1
49 47   Turkmenistan Division III 280 200 200 new 430   2
47 48   United Arab Emirates Division III Q 200 160 200 220 365   1 420   1
48 49   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

Source: IIHF[1]

Women's rankingsEdit

The Women's 2019 ranking[2] 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.[6]

For the 2018 Winter Olympics, Russia's Olympic Committee and many of its athletes were banned due to systemic illegal doping.[7] The IIHF opposed an outright ban on all Russian players[8] 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.

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

Source: IIHF[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "2018 Men's World Ranking". iihf.com. IIHF. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "2018 Women's World Ranking (after WW)". iihf.com. IIHF. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  3. ^ The Associated Press (20 September 2003). "Canadiens lose Koivu, Michaud to injury in 4-3 loss to Senators". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 12 May 2009.
  4. ^ 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 12 May 2009.
  5. ^ "2014 Olympic Winter Games". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d "World Ranking". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d Ruiz, Rebecca R.; Panja, Tariq (5 December 2017). "Russia Banned From Winter Olympics by I.O.C." The New York Times.
  8. ^ a b c d e 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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