Wikipedia

IIHF World Ranking

Top 20 rankings as of April 2020[1]
Men's
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady   Canada 3470
2 Steady   Russia 3400
3 Steady   Finland 3345
4 Steady   Sweden 3325
5 Steady   Czech Republic 3200
6 Steady   United States 3140
7 Steady   Germany 3090
8 Steady    Switzerland 3060
9 Steady   Slovakia 2835
10 Steady   Latvia 2810
11 Steady   Norway 2765
12 Steady   Denmark 2685
13 Increase 1   Belarus 2545
14 Decrease 1   France 2540
15 Increase 1   Italy 2480
16 Increase 3   Kazakhstan 2420
17 Decrease 2   Austria 2415
18 Decrease 1   South Korea 2385
19 Increase 2   Great Britain 2380
20 Decrease 2   Slovenia 2345
Women's
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady   United States 3600
2 Steady   Canada 3450
3 Steady   Finland 3390
4 Steady   Russia 3290
5 Steady    Switzerland 3170
6 Steady   Japan 3070
7 Increase 1   Czech Republic 3030
8 Increase 1   Germany 3000
9 Decrease 2   Sweden 2920
10 Steady   France 2760
11 Steady   Denmark 2750
12 Increase 2   Hungary 2720
13 Steady   Norway 2660
14 Decrease 2   Austria 2640
15 Steady   Slovakia 2510
16 Steady   South Korea 2455
17 Steady   Italy 2445
18 Increase 3   Netherlands 2315
19 Increase 1   China 2250
20 Increase 2   Poland 2235

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.[2] 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".[3]

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.[4]

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.[1]

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 2020 Championship a team had won the gold medal in the last four championships and the last Olympic tournament, their score would be 3600:

Competition Valuation

coefficient
Points
2020 IIHF World Championship 100% 1200
2019 IIHF World Championship 75% 900
2018 IIHF World Championship 50% 600
2018 Winter Olympics 50% 600
2017 IIHF World Championship 25% 300
2016 IIHF World Championship 0% 0
Counts Five Tournaments from Four Latest Years 3600
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 2020 ranking is based on the performance at the World Championships of 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017, 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.[5] The IIHF opposed an outright ban on all Russian players[6], 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.

All tournaments in 2020 were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, teams were awarded points based on their seeding for their respective tournaments. The Championship division received points based on the 2019 World Ranking, while the remaining divisions received points based on the previous year's results.

The following table lists the full breakdown of ranking following the 2019 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships, and the ranking for the 2020 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships. 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.

2020

Rank
2019

Rank
Team WC division

(as of 2020)
WC2020

(—)

(100%)
WC2019

(100%)

(75%)
WC2018

(75%)

(50%)
OLY2018

(75%)

(50%)
WC2017

(50%)

(25%)
WC2016

(25%)

(0%)
2020

Total
+/− 2019

Total
+/−
1 1   Canada Championship 1200 1160 1100 1120 1160 1200 3470 Steady 3705 Steady
2 2   Russia Championship 1160 1120 1040 1200 1120 1120 3400 Steady 3640 Increase 1
3 3   Finland Championship 1120 1200 1060 1040 1100 1160 3345 Steady 3615 Increase 2
4 4   Sweden Championship 1100 1060 1200 1060 1200 1040 3325 Steady 3615 Decrease 2
5 5   Czech Republic Championship 1060 1100 1020 1100 1020 1060 3200 Steady 3465 Increase 1
6 6   United States Championship 1040 1020 1120 1020 1060 1100 3140 Steady 3430 Decrease 2
7 7   Germany Championship 1020 1040 920 1160 1000 1020 3090 Steady 3355 Increase 1
8 8    Switzerland Championship 1000 1000 1160 940 1040 920 3060 Steady 3325 Decrease 1
9 9   Slovakia Championship 960 960 960 920 860 960 2835 Steady 3040 Increase 1
10 10   Latvia Championship 940 940 1000 860 940 880 2810 Steady 3025 Increase 1
11 11   Norway Championship 920 900 880 1000 920 940 2765 Steady 3005 Decrease 2
12 12   Denmark Championship 900 920 940 800 900 1000 2685 Steady 2925 Steady
13 14   Belarus Championship 880 780 840 880 880 900 2545 Increase 1 2735 Steady
14 13   France Division I A 800 840 900 840 960 860 2540 Decrease 1 2840 Steady
15 16   Italy Championship 860 860 780 760 820 780 2480 Increase 1 2620 Increase 3
16 19   Kazakhstan Championship 840 800 760 820 760 820 2420 Increase 3 2570 Decrease 1
17 15   Austria Division I A 780 820 860 780 800 740 2415 Decrease 2 2635 Increase 2
18 17   South Korea Division I A 760 760 820 900 780 720 2385 Decrease 1 2620 Decrease 1
19 20   Great Britain Championship 820 880 800 660 680 660 2380 Increase 1 2480 Increase 2
20 18   Slovenia Division I A 740 740 720 960 840 800 2345 Decrease 2 2620 Decrease 3
21 21   Hungary Division I A 720 720 740 700 720 840 2160 Steady 2370 Decrease 1
22 22   Poland Division I B 660 660 700 740 740 760 2060 Steady 2300 Decrease 1
23 24   Lithuania Division I B 680 700 680 560 640 640 1985 Increase 1 2110 Increase 1
24 23   Japan Division I B 640 640 660 720 660 700 1975 Decrease 1 2180 Steady
25 27   Romania Division I A 700 680 600 580 560 580 1940 Increase 2 1990 Increase 2
26 25   Ukraine Division I B 600 600 620 680 700 680 1875 Decrease 1 2095 Decrease 1
27 26   Estonia Division I B 620 620 640 600 620 600 1860 Decrease 1 2010 Steady
28 28   Netherlands Division II A 560 580 560 640 580 560 1740 Steady 1910 Steady
29 29   Croatia Division II A 540 540 580 620 600 620 1695 Steady 1895 Decrease 2
30 30   Serbia Division I B 580 560 520 540 520 500 1660 Steady 1740 Steady
31 31   Spain Division II A 500 500 440 520 460 540 1470 Steady 1585 Steady
32 32   China Division II A 480 480 500 440 440 460 1420 Steady 1520 Increase 1
33 33   Iceland Division II B 420 420 460 480 480 480 1325 Steady 1485 Decrease 1
34 34   Israel Division II A 460 440 400 460 400 400 1320 Steady 1385 Steady
35 35   Australia Division II A 520 520 540 540 440 1315 Steady 1305 Increase 1
36 37   Belgium Division II B 440 460 480 500 520 1150 Increase 1 1200 Steady
37 36   Mexico Division II B 360 360 360 500 360 420 1150 Decrease 1 1290 Decrease 1
38 39   Georgia Division II B 380 380 320 400 280 0 1095 Increase 1 1060 Increase 1
39 40   New Zealand Division II B 400 400 420 420 380 1015 Increase 1 1020 Decrease 1
40 38   Bulgaria Division II B 340 320 300 420 300 340 1015 Decrease 2 1095 Steady
41 41   North Korea Division III A 320 340 380 380 360 860 Steady 905 Steady
42 42   Turkey Division III A 300 300 280 340 320 750 Steady 760 Increase 1
43 43   Luxembourg Division III A 260 260 340 320 280 705 Steady 745 Decrease 1
44 45   Chinese Taipei Division III A 240 240 260 220 605 Increase 1 545 Increase 1
45 47   Turkmenistan Division III A 280 280 200 590 Increase 2 430 Increase 2
46 44   South Africa Division III B 200 220 240 240 300 545 Decrease 2 595 Steady
47 48   United Arab Emirates Division III A 220 200 160 200 500 Increase 1 420 Decrease 1
48 46   Hong Kong Division III B 180 180 220 260 240 490 Decrease 2 535 Decrease 1
49 49   Bosnia and Herzegovina Division III B 140 140 180 0 260 335 Steady 340 Decrease 1
50 51   Thailand Division III B 160 160 280 Increase 1 160 new
51 50   Kuwait Division IV 120 120 140 280 Decrease 1 225 Steady
52 52   Kyrgyzstan Division IV 100 100 175 Steady 100 new
53   Malaysia Division IV 80 80 new
54   Philippines Division IV 60 60 new

Women's rankings [ edit ]

The Women's 2019 ranking 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.[5] The IIHF opposed an outright ban on all Russian players[6] 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.

Most of the tournaments in 2020 were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, teams were awarded points based on their seeding for their respective tournaments. The Championship division received points based on the 2019 World Ranking, while Divisions IA, IB, and IIA received points based on the previous year's results. Divisions IIB and III were completed and scored as scheduled.

The following table lists the ranking following the 2019 Women's Ice Hockey World Championships and the ranking for the 2020 Women's Ice Hockey World Championships. 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.

2020

Rank
2019

Rank
Team WC division

(as of 2020)
WC2020

(—)

(100%)
WC2019

(100%)

(75%)
WC2018

(75%)

(50%)
OLY2018

(75%)

(50%)
WC2017

(50%)

(25%)
WC2016

(25%)

(—)
2020

Total
+/− 2019

Total
+/−
1 1   United States Championship 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 3600 Steady 3900 Steady
2 2   Canada Championship 1160 1120 1160 1160 1160 1160 3450 Steady 3730 Steady
3 3   Finland Championship 1120 1160 1120 1120 1120 1100 3390 Steady 3675 Steady
4 4   Russia Championship 1100 1100 1100 1100 1060 1120 3290 Steady 3560 Steady
5 5    Switzerland Championship 1060 1060 1060 1060 1020 1020 3170 Steady 3415 Steady
6 6   Japan Championship 1040 1000 1040 1040 960 1000 3070 Steady 3290 Increase 1
7 8   Czech Republic Championship 1020 1040 1000 960 1000 1040 3030 Increase 1 3270 Increase 1
8 9   Germany Championship 1000 1020 980 940 1100 960 3000 Increase 1 3250 Decrease 1
9 7   Sweden Division I A 920 960 1020 1020 1040 1060 2920 Decrease 2 3275 Decrease 1
10 10   France Division I A 900 940 960 920 860 940 2760 Steady 3015 Steady
11 11   Denmark Championship 960 900 900 880 900 900 2750 Steady 2910 Increase 1
12 14   Hungary Championship 940 920 920 820 880 840 2720 Increase 2 2875 Steady
13 13   Norway Division I A 880 880 880 900 920 880 2660 Steady 2895 Steady
14 12   Austria Division I A 860 860 940 860 940 920 2640 Decrease 2 2910 Decrease 1
15 15   Slovakia Division I A 840 840 860 800 840 860 2510 Steady 2720 Steady
16 16   South Korea Division I B 780 780 820 1000 720 700 2455 Steady 2680 Steady
17 17   Italy Division I B 800 820 840 840 760 780 2445 Steady 2655 Steady
18 21   Netherlands Division I A 820 800 720 720 700 740 2315 Increase 3 2415 Steady
19 20   China Division I B 740 740 760 760 780 760 2250 Increase 1 2460 Steady
20 22   Poland Division I B 760 760 740 700 740 720 2235 Increase 2 2390 Steady
21 19   Kazakhstan Division I B 720 720 780 740 820 800 2225 Decrease 2 2470 Steady
22 18   Latvia Division II A 680 700 800 780 800 820 2195 Decrease 4 2490 Steady
23 23   Great Britain Division II A 660 660 700 660 680 680 2005 Decrease 1 2190 Steady
24 24   Slovenia Division I B 700 680 640 620 640 640 2000 Increase 1 2105 Steady
25 25   Spain Division II A 640 640 600 680 580 580 1905 Steady 2035 Steady
26 26   Mexico Division II A 620 620 620 640 600 540 1865 Steady 2000 Steady
27 27   Turkey Division II B 500 500 520 600 520 500 1565 Steady 1725 Steady
28 28   North Korea Division II A 600 600 680 660 660 1555 Steady 1605 Steady
29 29   Australia Division II B 560 580 660 620 600 1480 Steady 1535 Increase 2
30 33   Chinese Taipei Division II A 580 560 580 480 1410 Increase 3 1235 Increase 3
31 32   Iceland Division II B 540 520 560 540 560 1345 Increase 1 1350 Decrease 1
32 31   New Zealand Division II B 520 540 540 560 520 1335 Decrease 1 1355 Increase 1
33 30   Hong Kong Division III 340 380 420 580 400 460 1225 Decrease 3 1445 Decrease 1
34 34   Romania Division III 400 460 500 500 480 1120 Steady 1205 Decrease 1
35 36   Croatia Division II B 480 480 480 620 1080 Increase 1 995 Steady
36 37   Belgium Division III 420 420 460 460 1080 Increase 1 995 Increase 1
37 35   South Africa Division III 440 400 440 440 440 1070 Decrease 2 1060 Decrease 1
38 38   Bulgaria Division III 380 360 400 420 420 955 Steady 975 Decrease 3
39 39   Ukraine Division II B 460 440 790 Steady 440 new
40   Lithuania Division III 360 360 new

See also [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b "IIHF – World Ranking". iihf.com. IIHF. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  2. ^ Hockey Canada (30 September 2003). "IIHF Introduces World Ranking and Ranks Canada First in Men's and Women's Hockey". Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Olympic Winter Games". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b Ruiz, Rebecca R.; Panja, Tariq (5 December 2017). "Russia Banned From Winter Olympics by I.O.C." The New York Times.
  6. ^ a b Clinton, Jared (29 November 2017). "IIHF says complete ban of Russian Olympians would put 'health of hockey at risk'". The Hockey News.

External links [ edit ]

What is this?