IIHF World Championship Division III
|Most recent season or competition:
2013 IIHF World Championship Division III
|Founded||1987 (Pool D)
2002 (Div II Qualification)
2003 (Division III)
|No. of teams||various|
|Most recent champion(s)||South Africa|
|Most titles|| New Zealand (3)
North Korea (3)
|Qualification||Division III Qualification|
When the IIHF reorganized its World Championships hierarchy in 2001, nations outside of the top 40 were placed in Division II Qualification. The bottom two nations from Pool D did not participate in 2001 but were promoted to Division II for 2002, and by 2003 (with growing participation), the qualification tournament was renamed Division III.
From 2001 until 2011 the two national teams that finished last in their groups at the IIHF World Championship Division II were relegated to Division III for next year's World Championships. At the Division III Championship, the two best placed teams were promoted to next year's Division II Championship. However beginning in 2012, Division II B and Division III will exchange only one team.
According to the IIHF, the Men's championships will be comprised of a maximum of 46 nations. However on two occasions there has been 48 participants, in 2010 Division III was played in two pools of four, and in 2013 a qualification tournament was played to fill the final two spots in the tournament. If more than 46 nations register for the 2014 season a qualifier will be played with the winner advancing to the 2015 Division III tournament.
Division III 
Group A 
|National Team||Ranking ^||In 2013|
|Bulgaria||37th||Division II Group B|
|North Korea||45th||Division III|
|United Arab Emirates||47th||Division III|
|Hong Kong||did not participate in 2013|
^ - World Ranking
From 2002 until 2011 the two national teams that place the highest are promoted to Division II. Beginning in 2012 only the first place team was promoted to Division II B.
|Year||Co-Champions and Promoted|
|2008||North Korea||South Africa|
^ - There were only two teams registered so the tournament was not played as both had automatically earned promotion
Pool D 
Champions 1987–2000 
^ – In 1992, 1994 and 1995 there was no Pool D. However Pool C was divided in two tiers where the winner of 'C2' was promoted to 'C1', essentially making C2 the same as D. Accordingly, the winners (Spain, Estonia and Croatia) are listed here.
See also 
- Ice Hockey World Championships
- IIHF World Championship Division I
- IIHF World Championship Division II
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