IIHF World Ranking

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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.

Description[edit]

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]

Formula[edit]

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 rankings[edit]

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

Women's rankings[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  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.
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  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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