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Top 20 rankings as of 21 May 2018
(Women as of April 2018)
Men's[1]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  Canada 3990
2 Increase 1  Sweden 3945
3 Decrease 1  Russia 3930
4 Increase 2  United States 3765
5 Decrease 1  Finland 3765
6 Decrease 1  Czech Republic 3690
7 Increase 1   Switzerland 3590
8 Decrease 1  Germany 3575
9 Steady  Norway 3270
10 Steady  Slovakia 3245
11 Increase 2  Latvia 3225
12 Increase 2  Denmark 3130
13 Decrease 1  France 3115
14 Decrease 3  Belarus 3085
15 Steady  Slovenia 2915
16 Increase 2  South Korea 2835
17 Steady  Austria 2820
18 Decrease 2  Kazakhstan 2760
19 Steady  Italy 2725
20 Steady  Hungary 2595
Women's[2]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  United States 4200
2 Steady  Canada 4060
3 Steady  Finland 3910
4 Steady  Russia 3830
5 Increase 1   Switzerland 3655
6 Decrease 1  Sweden 3615
7 Increase 1  Japan 3555
8 Decrease 1  Germany 3475
9 Steady 0  Czech Republic 3470
10 Increase 1  France 3225
11 Decrease 1  Austria 3200
12 Increase 1  Denmark 3130
13 Decrease 1  Norway 3130
14 Steady  Hungary 3015
15 Steady  Slovakia 2930
16 Increase 1  South Korea 2880
17 Increase 1  Italy 2830
18 Decrease 2  Latvia 2805
19 Increase 1  Kazakhstan 2715
20 Decrease 1  China 2685
*Change from 1 January 2018
(Women from April 2017)
Complete rankings at IIHF.com

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.[3] 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."[4]

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.[5]

Formula[edit]

The world ranking is based on the final positions of the last four Ice Hockey 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.[6]

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.[6] For example, if after the 2018 Olympics a team had won the gold medal in the last four championships and the last Olympic tournament their score would be 4200:

Competition Valuation
coefficient
Points
2018 IIHF World Championship 100% 1200
2018 Winter Olympics 100% 1200
2017 IIHF World Championship 75% 900
2016 IIHF World Championship 50% 600
2015 IIHF World Championship 25% 300
2014 IIHF World Championship 0% 0
2014 Winter Olympics 0% 0

Men's rankings[edit]

The Men's 2018 ranking[1] is based on the performance at the World Championships of 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015, and at the 2018 Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament in Pyeongchang, South Korea.[6]

For the 2018 Winter Olympics, Russia's Olympic Committee and many of its athletes were banned for illegal doping.[7] The IIHF opposed an outright ban on all Russian players, concerned that the KHL would disallow its players from participating in the tournament, as the NHL had done.[8] 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.[8]

The following table lists the current ranking following the 2018 Winter Olympics and the 2018 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.

Old
Rank
New
Rank
Team WC division
(as of 2018)
Olympic
Qualifying
Round
WC2018
(—)
(100%)
OLY2018
(100%)
(100%)
WC2017
(100%)
(75%)
WC2016
(75%)
(50%)
WC2015
(50%)
(25%)
WC2014
(25%)
(—)
Previous
Total
+/− New
Total
+/−
1 1  Canada Championship Olympics 1100 1120 1160 1200 1200 1060 4045 3990
3 2  Sweden Championship Olympics 1200 1060 1200 1040 1060 1120 3850 3945 +1
2 3  Russia Championship Olympics
(as OAR)[7][8]
1040 1200 1120 1120 1160 1200 4040 3930 –1
6 4  United States Championship Olympics 1120 1020 1060 1100 1120 1040 3725 –1 3765 +2
4 5  Finland Championship Olympics 1060 1040 1100 1160 1040 1160 3820 3765 –1
5 6  Czech Republic Championship Olympics 1020 1100 1020 1060 1100 1100 3740 +1 3690 –1
8 7   Switzerland Championship Olympics 1160 940 1040 920 1000 940 3405 –1 3590 +1
7 8  Germany Championship Olympics 920 1160 1000 1020 940 860 3610 +1 3575 –1
9 9  Norway Championship Olympics 880 1000 920 940 920 900 3310 3270
10 10  Slovakia Championship Olympics 960 920 860 960 960 960 3220 +1 3245
13 11  Latvia Championship Final Qual 1000 860 940 880 880 920 3130 –1 3225 +2
14 12  Denmark Championship Final Qual 940 800 900 1000 860 880 3100 3130 +2
12 13  France Championship Final Qual 900 840 960 860 900 1000 3145 +1 3115 –1
11 14  Belarus Championship Final Qual 840 880 880 900 1020 1020 3200 –1 3085 –3
15 15  Slovenia Division I A Olympics 720 960 840 800 820 800 3010 2915
18 16  South Korea Championship Olympics
host
820 900 780 720 680 700 2735 +2 2835 +2
17 17  Austria Championship Final Qual 860 780 800 740 840 780 2750 −1 2820
16 18  Kazakhstan Division I A Final Qual 760 820 760 820 800 820 2800 +1 2760 –2
19 19  Italy Division I A Final Qual 780 760 820 780 720 840 2735 2725
20 20  Hungary Division I A Prelim 2 740 700 720 840 780 720 2620 –1 2595
21 21  Poland Division I A Final Qual 700 740 740 760 760 680 2600 –1 2565
24 22  Great Britain Division I A Prelim 2 800 660 680 660 660 620 2320 2465 +2
22 23  Japan Division I B Final Qual 660 720 660 700 740 760 2465 +1 2410 –1
23 24  Ukraine Division I B Prelim 2 620 680 700 680 700 740 2425 –1 2340 –1
25 25  Lithuania Division I B Prelim 2 680 580 640 640 640 640 2180 2220
27 26  Estonia Division I B Prelim 2 640 600 620 600 600 560 2110 2155 +1
26 27  Croatia Division I B Prelim 2 580 620 600 620 620 660 2160 2115 –1
28 28  Netherlands Division II A Prelim 2 560 640 580 560 580 600 2080 2060
29 29  Romania Division I B Prelim 2 600 560 560 580 560 580 1980 2010
30 30  Serbia Division II A Prelim 2 520 540 520 500 520 520 1825 1830
31 31  Spain Division II B Prelim 1 440 520 460 540 500 440 1745 1700
32 32  Iceland Division II A Prelim 1 460 480 480 480 480 540 1695 +2 1660
33 33  China Division II A Prelim 1 500 440 440 460 440 380 1540 +4 1610
34 35  Mexico Division II B Prelim 1 340 500 360 420 400 420 1480 +2 1440 –1
35 34  Israel Division II B Prelim 1 360 460 400 400 360 460 1455 1450 +1
38 36  Australia Division II A 540 540 440 460 500 1225 –5 1280 +2
36 37  Belgium Division II A 480 500 520 540 480 1280 –4 1250 –1
37 38  Bulgaria Division III Prelim 1 300 420 300 340 380 320 1245 +3 1210 –1
39 39  New Zealand Division II B 420 420 380 420 400 1015 –1 1030
41 40  Georgia Division III Qual Game 320 400 280 0 240 220 855 +4 990 +1
40 41  North Korea Division II B 380 380 360 320 300 885 –1 925 –1
43 42  Luxembourg Division II B 340 320 280 280 280 740 –1 790 +1
42 43  Turkey Division III 280 340 320 300 340 815 –1 770 –1
44 44  South Africa Division III 240 240 300 340 360 725 –1 655
45 45  Hong Kong Division III 220 260 240 260 260 635 –1 600
48 46  Chinese Taipei Division III 260 220 220 425 +2
46 47  United Arab Emirates Division III Q 160 200 220 240 370 365 –1
47 48  Bosnia and Herzegovina Division III Q 180 0 260 200 295 360 –1
49  Turkmenistan Division III Q 200 200 new
50  Kuwait Division III Q 140 140 new

Source: IIHF[1]

Women's rankings[edit]

The Women's 2018 ranking[2] is based on the performance at the World Championships of 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014, and at the 2018 Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament in Pyeongchang, South Korea.[6]

For the 2018 Winter Olympics, Russia's Olympic Committee and many of its athletes were banned due to systemic illegal doping.[7] The IIHF opposed an outright ban on all Russian players[8] 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 ranking following the 2018 Winter Olympic qualification tournaments and the 2018 Winter Olympics. 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.

Current
Rank
New
Rank
Team WC division
(as of 2018)
Olympic
Qualifying
Round
WC2018
(—)
(100%)
OLY2018
(100%)
(100%)
WC2017
(100%)
(75%)
WC2016
(75%)
(50%)
WC2015
(50%)
(25%)
WC20141
(25%)
(—)
Current
Total
+/− New
Total
+/−
1 1  United States Olympics 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1160 4190 4200
2 2  Canada Olympics 1160 1160 1160 1160 1160 1200 4070 4060
3 3  Finland Olympics 1120 1120 1120 1100 1120 1060 3890 3910
4 4  Russia Olympics
(as OAR)[7][8]
1100 1100 1060 1120 1100 10402 3810 3830
5 6  Sweden Olympics 1020 1020 1040 1060 1060 1100 3660 3615 –1
6 5   Switzerland Olympics 1060 1060 1020 1020 1040 1120 3645 3655 +1
7 8  Germany Final Qual 980 940 1100 960 1000 1020 3515 3475 –1
8 7  Japan Olympics 1040 1040 960 1000 1020 1000 3510 +1 3555 +1
9 9  Czech Republic Final Qual 1000 960 1000 1040 960 960 3460 –1 3470
10 11  Austria Division I A Final Qual 920 860 940 920 940 880 3180 3180 –1
11 10  France Division I A Final Qual 940 920 860 940 920 900 3170 +2 3205 +1
12 13  Norway Division I A Final Qual 860 900 920 880 880 940 3155 3110 –1
13 12  Denmark Division I A Final Qual 880 880 900 900 900 920 3135 –2 3110 +1
14 14  Hungary Division I A Prelim 3 900 820 880 840 780 800 2920 +1 2995
15 15  Slovakia Division I A Prelim 3 840 800 840 860 840 860 2920 –1 2910
16 18  Latvia Division I B Prelim 3 780 780 800 820 860 840 2835 2785 –2
17 16  South Korea Division I B Olympics
host
800 1000 720 700 680 680 2755 +5 2860 +1
18 17  Italy Division I B Prelim 3 820 840 760 780 760 720 2745 +1 2810 +1
19 20  China Division I B Prelim 3 740 760 780 760 800 820 2715 –1 2665 –1
20 19  Kazakhstan Division I B Prelim 3 760 740 820 800 720 740 2705 –3 2695 +1
21 21  Netherlands Division II A Prelim 2 700 720 700 740 820 780 2580 –1 2520
22 22  Poland Division I B Prelim 2 720 700 740 720 660 660 2475 –1 2500
23 23  Great Britain Division II A Prelim 2 680 660 680 680 700 700 2375 2365
24 24  Slovenia Division II A Prelim 2 620 620 640 640 600 580 2185 2190
25 25  Spain Division II B Prelim 2 580 680 580 580 560 560 2115 +1 2125
26 26  Mexico Division II A Prelim 2 600 640 600 540 580 480 2055 +3 2105
27 27  Turkey Division II B Prelim 1 500 600 520 500 480 500 1860 +4 1860
28 28  North Korea Division II A 660 660 660 740 760 1715 –3 1670
29 29  Hong Kong Division II B Qual Prelim 1 400 580 400 460 460 420 1660 +5 1625
30 30  Australia Division II A 640 640 600 520 620 1485 –3 1535
31 31  New Zealand Division II B 540 560 520 620 640 1420 –3 1375
32 32  Iceland Division II B 520 540 560 540 540 1365 –2 1340
33 34  South Africa Division II B Qual 420 440 440 440 460 1105 –1 1080 –1
34 35  Bulgaria Division II B Qual 380 420 420 420 440 1055 +1 1010 –1
35 36  Croatia Division II B Qual 460 620 640 600 935 –2 930 –1
36 33  Romania Division II B 480 500 480 860 1095 +3
37 38  Belgium Division II B Qual 440 460 500 520 840 910 –1
38 37  Chinese Taipei Division II B 560 480 480 920 +1
  1. ^ There was no top division tournament in 2014, rankings for the eight top nations are a duplication of their Olympic result.[9][10]
  2. ^ The IIHF was requested to modify their results in light of the IOC's disqualification of the 2014 Russian women's hockey team, but it is not reflected in their totals.[11]

Source: IIHF.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2018 Men's World Ranking (Feb.)". iihf.com. IIHF.
  2. ^ a b c "2018 Women's World Ranking". iihf.com. IIHF.
  3. ^ The Associated Press (20 September 2003). "Canadiens lose Koivu, Michaud to injury in 4-3 loss to Senators". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 12 May 2009.
  4. ^ 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 12 May 2009.
  5. ^ "2014 Olympic Winter Games". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d "World Ranking". International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original on 11 June 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  7. ^ a b c d Ruiz, Rebecca R.; Panja, Tariq (5 December 2017). "Russia Banned From Winter Olympics by I.O.C." The New York Times.
  8. ^ a b c d e Clinton, Jared (29 November 2017). "IIHF says complete ban of Russian Olympians would put 'health of hockey at risk'". The Hockey News.
  9. ^ "Past tournaments IIHF 2014". IIHF.com. 25 February 2018.
  10. ^ "tournament progress" (PDF). IIHF.com. 25 February 2018.
  11. ^ "IOC sanctions six Russian athletes and closes one case as part of the Oswald Commission findings". olympic.org. December 12, 2017. Retrieved December 13, 2017.

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