IIHF World Championship Division III
|Current season, competition or edition:
2014 IIHF World Championship Division III
|Founded||1987 (Pool D)
2002 (Div II Qualification)
2003 (Division III)
|No. of teams||various|
|Most recent champion(s)||Bulgaria|
|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 involve a maximum of 46 nations. However on three occasions there has been more participants, in 2010 Division III was played in two pools of four, in 2008 and in 2013 a qualification tournament was played to fill the final spots in the tournament. Currently there are seven nations registered to participate in 2015 making the actual total 47.
|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|
|Georgia||48th||Division III Qualification|
^ – 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
^ – 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.
Summary of participation
- In 2010 two four team tournaments were played, this charts ranks them together assigning gold silver and bronze to the nations ranked 41st, 42nd, and 43rd overall.
|Team||Times||First||Last||Gold||Silver||Bronze||Total||Best finish (first/last)||Hosted|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||2008||2008||0||0||0||0||7th (2008)||0|
|Great Britain||2||1989||1990||1||0||1||2||1st (1990)||1|
|Hong Kong||2||1987||2014||0||0||0||0||4th (1987/2014)||0|
|South Korea||5||1987||1997||0||2||1||3||2nd (1987/1997)||0|
|New Zealand||10||1987||2009||3||0||2||5||1st (2003/2009)||2|
|North Korea||6||2002||2014||3||3||0||6||1st (2002/2010)||0|
|South Africa||12||1992||2013||1||4||0||5||1st (2013)||6|
|Serbia and Montenegro[N1]||2||1996||1997||0||1||0||1||2nd (1996)||0|
|United Arab Emirates||3||2010||2014||0||0||0||0||5th (2014)||0|
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