Ice hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Women's qualification
|Ice hockey at the
2006 Winter Olympics
Qualification for the women's tournament at the 2006 Winter Olympics was determined by the IIHF World Ranking following the 2004 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships. The top four teams in the World Ranking received automatic berths into the Olympics, Italy received an automatic berth as host, and all other teams had an opportunity to qualify for the remaining thtree spots in the Olympics.
Qualified Teams 
|2004 IIHF World Ranking,
comprising the following events:
2001 World Championship
2002 Winter Olympic Games
2003 World Championship
2004 World Championship
|5 March 2001–
6 April 2004
|Final qualification tournament||November 11–14, 2004||Podolsk||1||Russia|
|Final qualification tournament||November 11–14, 2004||Bad Tolz||1||Germany|
|Final qualification tournament||November 11–14, 2004||Beijing||1||Switzerland|
^Halifax was the site for 2004 World Championship only, thus the site where qualification through the rankings is determined.
Note: Canada had already mathematically qualified after the 2003 World Championships.
Final Qualification Tournaments 
Three round robins were played from November 11–14, 2004. The hosts were Nations ranked 5th, 6th, and 7th following the 2004 World Championship. The three group winners qualified for the Olympic tournament.
- Group A
- Group B
- Group C