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The IIHF World Ranking is a ranking of the national teams of member countries of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

The system was approved by the IIHF congress in September 2003.[1] 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."[2]

Current calculation method[]

The world ranking is based on the final positions of the last four Ice Hockey World Championships and last Olympic ice hockey tournament. Since the women have no World Championship in the year of the Olympics, the women's world ranking is based only on the last three World Championships and the Olympic 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.[3]

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.[3] For example if in 2013 a men's team had won the gold medal in the last four championships and the last Olympic tournament their score would be 3300:

Competition Valuation
coefficient
Points
2013 IIHF World Championship 100% 1200
2012 IIHF World Championship 75% 900
2011 IIHF World Championship 50% 600
2010 IIHF World Championship 25% 300
2010 Winter Olympics 25% 300
2009 IIHF World Championship 0% 0

If in 2013 a women's team had won the gold medal in the last three championships and the last Olympic tournament their score would be 3000:

Competition Valuation
coefficient
Points
2013 IIHF World Championship 100% 1200
2012 IIHF World Championship 75% 900
2011 IIHF World Championship 50% 600
2010 Winter Olympics 25% 300
2009 IIHF World Championship 0% 0

Effects[]

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 the 2014 Winter Olympics the first nine teams of the Men's World Ranking and the first six of the Women's World Ranking can participate without qualification. 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 the Pre-qualification in November 2012. The winner of each Pre-qualification group and teams ranked 10-18 were divided in three groups to play the Final Qualification in February 2013. The three winners of the Final Qualification will join 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 Fall 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]

Men's rankings[]

Graph of the evolution of the top ten men's nations (2003-2013, year end rankings).

The Men's 2014 post-Olympic ranking[5] is based on the performance at World Championship of 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010, and at the 2014 Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament in Sochi, Russia.[3] For all years the points received is the shown at their full value. The "Total" column is the countries score after the previous years have been depreciated by their respected value. A dash in a tournament column indicates that the country did not participate.

Eight nations have achieved a top ten ranking every year between 2003–2013, they are: Canada, Sweden, Russia, Finland, Czech Republic, the United States, Slovakia, and Switzerland. An additional four nations, Germany (8 years), Latvia (6 years), Belarus (5 years), and Norway (3 years) have been in the top ten at least once. As of early 2014, three countries have accomplished a first place ranking; Canada, Sweden and Russia with four years each. Only Sweden has achieved a top four ranking every year.

The following table lists the standings after the Sochi Olympics.

Rank
Team World Championship
division (as of 2014)
OLY 2014
(100%)
WC 2013
(100%)
WC 2012
(75%)
WC 2011
(50%)
WC 2010
(25%)
Total Change
+/−
1  Sweden Championship 1160 1200 1040 1160 1120 4000
2  Finland Championship 1120 1100 1100 1200 1040 3905
3  Canada Championship 1200 1060 1060 1060 1020 3840 +2
4  Russia Championship 1060 1040 1200 1100 1160 3840 –1
5  Czech Republic Championship 1040 1020 1120 1120 1200 3760 –1
6  United States Championship 1100 1120 1020 1000 880 3705
7  Switzerland Championship 960 1160 920 960 1060 3555
8  Slovakia Championship 920 1000 1160 940 900 3485
9  Norway Championship 900 940 1000 1040 960 3350
10  Latvia Championship 1000 920 940 880 920 3295 +1
11  Germany Championship 840 960 900 1020 1100 3260 –1
12  France Championship 800 880 960 900 860 3065 +1
13  Denmark Championship 780 900 880 920 1000 3050 –1
14  Slovenia Division IA 1020 820 800 820 780 3045 +3
15  Belarus Championship 860 860 860 860 940 3030 –1
16  Austria Division IA 940 840 780 840 800 2985 –1
17  Kazakhstan Championship 880 800 820 800 820 2900 –1
18  Italy Championship 820 780 840 780 840 2830
19  Hungary Division IA 700 760 760 760 740 2595
20  Great Britain Division IB 760 700 720 740 680 2540 +2
21  Ukraine Division IA 720 680 700 720 760 2475 –1
22  Japan Division IA 640 740 740 580 720 2405 –1
23  South Korea Division IA 660 720 680 700 640 2400 +2
24  Netherlands Division IB 740 640 640 660 660 2355
25  Poland Division IB 680 660 660 680 700 2350 –2
26  Lithuania Division IB 620 600 600 640 620 2145
27  Romania Division IB 580 620 620 560 520 2075
28  Estonia Division IIA 560 580 560 600 560 2000
29  Spain Division IIB 600 460 540 620 540 1910 +1
30  Croatia Division IB 540 560 520 520 580 1895 –1
31  Serbia Division IIA 500 480 480 480 600 1730
32  Mexico Division IIB 520 400 380 400 400 1505 +4
33  Israel Division IIA 480 440 360 320 360 1440 +6
34  Australia Division IIA 500 580 540 500 1330 –2
35  Iceland Division IIA 520 500 460 460 1240 –2
36  Belgium Division IIA 540 440 440 480 1210 –2
37  New Zealand Division IIB 420 460 500 420 1120 –2
38  China Division IIB 380 420 420 380 1000
39  Bulgaria Division III 340 400 380 440 940 –2
40  Turkey Division IIB 360 320 280 340 825
41  South Africa Division IIB 320 340 300 260 790
42  Ireland 260 260 340 320 705
43  Luxembourg Division III 280 280 260 240 680
44  Greece 240 240 240 280 610
45  North Korea Division III 300 300 300 600
46  Mongolia 200 220 200 415
47  United Arab Emirates Division III 220 220 275
48  Georgia Division III 180 180

2003–2013[]

Key
 P  Points
 R  Rank
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Team P R P R P R P R P R P R P R P R P R P R P R
 Armenia 240 45 420 45 580 45 390 45 200 48 70 48 0 49 0 49 0 49 0 50
 Australia 1080 36 1125 35 1195 34 1215 34 1260 33 1300 33 1385 31 1350 34 1350 34 1385 32 1330 32
 Austria 2970 12 2755 11 2430 13 2930 16 2695 17 2445 16 2285 16 2935 14 2730 15 2465 15 2265 15
 Belarus 2955 13 2590 13 2430 12 3230 10 3025 9 2845 9 2660 8 3360 10 3025 11 2705 13 2410 14
 Belgium 1240 33 1345 33 1255 32 1200 35 1200 35 1230 34 1255 33 1240 36 1180 35 1135 36 1210 34
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 200 47 150 47 100 48 50 48 0 48 0 49
 Bulgaria 1550 30 1375 32 1235 33 1715 30 1500 31 1305 32 1160 35 1560 31 1405 32 1270 33 1070 37
 Canada 3685 1 3485 1 3220 1 3890 3 3670 2 3410 1 3160 2 3980 2 3595 4 3255 5 2940 5
 China 1805 28 1630 28 1515 28 1970 28 1860 27 1650 28 1410 29 1120 37 1060 39 1040 38 1000 38
 Croatia 1545 31 1425 31 1390 30 2000 27 1850 28 1790 26 1675 26 2125 26 1890 27 1665 30 1510 29
 Czech Republic 3560 3 3225 4 3065 3 3985 2 3595 4 3265 5 2915 6 3785 5 3570 5 3330 3 2975 4
 Denmark 2665 14 2575 14 2400 14 3005 14 2855 12 2660 13 2445 13 3185 13 2965 13 2710 12 2480 12
 Estonia 2135 24 1995 24 1860 24 2325 24 2165 23 1930 25 1635 27 2100 27 1940 26 1760 26 1610 28
 Finland 3525 4 3195 5 2865 7 3830 4 3640 3 3385 4 3050 4 3805 4 3630 2 3345 2 3065 2
 France 2575 18 2400 18 2150 17 2720 19 2525 19 2410 18 2325 14 2900 15 2765 14 2660 14 2450 13
 Georgia 180 48
 Germany 3240 8 2990 8 2580 10 3110 12 2925 11 2740 10 2460 12 3360 9 3190 8 2885 10 2650 10
 Great Britain 2230 23 1990 25 1780 25 1580 31 1605 29 1645 29 1695 25 2350 23 2250 21 2110 21 1940 22
 Greece 240 46 440 46 595 45 640 44 625 44 610 44
 Hungary 2255 22 2060 22 1920 22 2430 22 2320 21 2220 20 2130 20 2655 20 2460 20 2265 19 2075 19
 Iceland 930 38 875 39 875 39 840 40 920 37 965 38 1030 37 1095 38 1125 36 1185 35 1240 33
 Ireland 260 44 455 44 585 44 710 43 775 40 720 42 750 41 785 41 735 42 705 42
 Israel 1110 35 1035 36 1140 35 1275 33 1260 34 1190 35 1070 36 970 39 885 40 875 40 960 39
 Italy 2585 17 2315 19 2100 19 2915 17 2815 13 2580 14 2290 15 2860 16 2605 17 2440 16 2210 18
 Japan 2605 15 2440 15 2090 20 2540 21 2305 22 2120 22 1965 21 2575 21 2245 22 2105 22 1960 21
 Kazakhstan 2480 21 2410 17 2335 15 3115 11 2740 16 2405 19 2165 18 2790 17 2615 16 2440 17 2225 16
 North Korea 680 41 950 37 1105 36 1105 36 660 44 645 44 705 43 730 43 485 45 540 45 600 45
 South Korea 1420 32 1455 30 1360 31 1320 32 1320 32 1365 31 1395 30 1485 33 1605 31 1665 28 1740 25
 Latvia 3060 10 2900 10 2675 9 3310 9 2995 10 2740 11 2610 10 3265 12 2985 12 2765 11 2520 11
 Lithuania 1885 27 1720 27 1620 27 2270 25 2105 25 1970 23 1810 23 2300 24 2125 24 1905 25 1700 26
 Luxembourg 635 42 755 42 785 42 705 43 710 42 695 43 700 44 665 44 650 43 665 43 680 43
 Mexico 820 39 770 41 775 43 845 39 915 38 1010 37 1025 38 1520 32 1385 33 1230 34 1110 36
 Mongolia 260 46 415 45 515 45 540 46 315 46 375 46 415 46
 Netherlands 2135 25 2015 23 1885 23 2360 23 2155 24 1935 24 1755 24 2210 25 2080 25 1925 24 1765 24
 New Zealand 800 40 870 40 910 38 925 38 900 39 890 39 850 39 925 40 1065 38 1125 37 1120 35
 Norway 2535 20 2265 21 2105 18 2935 15 2780 14 2735 12 2545 11 3305 11 3175 9 2960 8 2685 9
 Poland 2550 19 2295 20 2085 21 2580 20 2395 20 2175 21 1940 22 2405 22 2215 23 2020 23 1835 23
 Romania 1965 26 1845 26 1685 26 2135 26 1970 26 1770 27 1605 28 1945 28 1800 28 1725 27 1635 27
 Russia 3480 6 3105 7 2905 5 3725 5 3535 5 3400 2 3200 1 3980 1 3650 1 3425 1 3040 3
 Serbia 1685 29 1565 29 1420 29 1745 29 1555 30 1425 30 1365 32 1935 29 1755 30 1565 31 1375 31
 Slovakia 3480 5 3235 3 2965 4 3685 6 3390 6 2955 8 2635 9 3405 8 3130 10 3100 6 2840 8
 Slovenia 2595 16 2420 16 2295 16 2870 18 2640 18 2460 15 2190 17 2730 19 2565 18 2375 18 2215 17
 South Africa 990 37 930 38 845 40 830 41 770 41 755 42 790 40 735 42 740 42 780 41 790 41
 Spain 1230 34 1170 34 1090 37 1040 37 1090 36 1120 36 1165 34 1790 30 1785 29 1665 29 1445 30
 Sweden 3610 2 3400 2 3095 2 4095 1 3740 1 3400 3 3095 3 3845 3 3630 3 3280 4 3105 1
 Switzerland 3135 9 2920 9 2715 8 3500 8 3250 8 3020 7 2725 7 3540 7 3240 7 2910 9 2845 7
 Turkey 625 43 690 43 795 41 775 42 830 40 765 41 750 41 1265 35 1110 37 1015 39 945 40
 Ukraine 3010 11 2720 12 2490 11 3005 13 2740 15 2435 17 2135 19 2760 18 2495 19 2235 20 1970 20
 United Arab Emirates 220 47 165 47 110 47 275 47
 United States 3330 7 3145 6 2865 6 3580 7 3375 7 3105 6 2915 5 3650 6 3340 6 3065 7 2895 6

Women's rankings[]

The Women's 2014 ranking[6] is based on the performance at the World Championships of 2013, 2012, and 2011 and at the 2014 Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament in Sochi, Russia.[3] For all years the points received is the shown at their full value. The "Total" column is the countries score after the previous years have been depreciated by their respected value. A dash in a tournament column indicates that the country did not participate.

Only six nations have achieved a top ten ranking every year between 2003–2014, they are: Canada, the United States, Finland, Sweden, Russia, and Switzerland. An additional seven nations, Germany (11 years), Kazakhstan (10 years), Japan (10 years), China (9 years), Slovakia (5 years), Czech Republic (2 years), and Norway (1 year) have been in the top ten at least once. Canada (9) and United States (3) are the only countries to have accomplished a first place ranking as well as the only two to achieve a top two ranking every year.

Rank
Team World Championship
division (as of 2014)
OLY 2014
(100%)
WC 2013
(75%)
WC 2012
(50%)
WC 2011
(25%)
Total Change
+/−
1  Canada Championship 1200 1160 1200 1160 2960 +1
2  United States Championship 1160 1200 1160 1200 2940 –1
3  Switzerland Championship 1120 1040 1120 1040 2720 +2
4  Finland Championship 1060 1100 1100 1120 2715 –1
5  Russia Championship 1040 1120 1040 1100 2675 –1
6  Sweden Championship 1100 1020 1060 1060 2660
7  Germany Championship 1020 1060 1020 960 2565
8  Czech Republic Division I A 960 1000 960 840 2400 +1
9  Japan Championship 1000 960 920 8601 2395 +1
10  Slovakia Division I A 880 920 1000 1020 2325 –2
11  Norway Division I A 920 880 940 940 2285
12  Denmark Division I A 940 940 840 800 2265 +5
13  Austria Division I A 840 900 900 900 2190 –1
14  China Division I B 900 780 820 880 2115 +1
15  Kazakhstan Division I B 860 760 860 1000 2110 –1
16  Latvia Division I B 740 860 880 920 2055 –3
17  France Division I A 820 840 800 820 2055 –1
18  Netherlands Division I B 760 820 780 720 1935 +2
19  Great Britain Division II A 780 740 760 760 1915 –1
20  Italy Division II A 800 700 740 780 1890 –1
21  Hungary Division I B 720 720 700 680 1780 +1
22  Slovenia Division II B 680 620 640 660 1630 –1
23  Poland Division II A 700 640 600 500 1605 +4
24  South Korea Division II A 640 600 560 580 1515 +4
25  Croatia Division II B 620 560 620 640 1510 –1
26  Spain Division II B 660 580 580 480 1505 +3
27  Australia Division II A 680 680 700 1025 –4
28  New Zealand Division II A 660 660 600 975 –3
29  North Korea Division I B 800 720 0 960 –3
30  Iceland Division II B 540 540 560 815
31  Belgium Division II B 520 520 620 805
32  South Africa Division II B Qual 500 500 520 755
33  Turkey Division II B 480 440 470 +1
34  Bulgaria Division II B Qual 460 460 460 –1
35  Ireland Division II B Qual 440 420 435
36  Romania 540 135

1Japan withdrew from 2011 competition due to force majeure, and was thus granted the points of last place in their division.

2003–2013[]

Key
 P  Points
 R  Rank
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Team P R P R P R P R P R P R P R P R P R P R P R
 Australia 530 22 1270 21 1375 22 850 23 1205 23 1405 22 890 23 535 25 880 24 1205 24 1540 23
 Austria 700 26 1285 25 920 21 1315 20 1580 19 1875 17 2040 16 2130 15 2185 15 2220 12
 Belgium 535 21 1175 22 1335 23 830 24 1160 24 1305 24 810 24 485 26 780 26 985 27 1220 31
 Bulgaria 720 24 1000 23 705 33 870 33
 Canada 1800 1 3000 1 2960 1 2970 1 2980 1 2950 1 2930 2 2950 1 2930 2 2960 1 2940 2
 China 1545 7 2565 7 2575 7 2485 7 2520 8 2510 8 2485 7 2515 7 2385 9 2235 13 2090 15
 Croatia 580 31 1095 30 785 25 1235 20 1375 20 1480 22 1535 24
 Czech Republic 670 11 1590 11 1840 11 2010 12 2195 13 2205 12 2180 12 2190 13 2155 14 2245 12 2360 9
 Denmark 635 16 1455 16 1700 14 1070 17 1485 17 1650 18 1760 19 1165 22 1370 21 1625 19 1970 17
 Estonia 520 32 910 32 650 32 390 33 130 37 0 37 0 37
 Finland 1655 3 2775 3 2765 3 2760 4 2755 4 2770 3 2785 3 2795 3 2800 3 2780 3 2765 3
 France 660 12 1540 13 1780 12 1995 14 2230 12 2220 11 2170 13 2155 14 2105 16 2055 16 2065 16
 Germany 1565 6 2605 6 2625 5 2635 5 2585 5 2525 7 2420 10 2350 11 2355 10 2430 8 2535 7
 Great Britain 560 20 1280 20 1425 20 885 22 1210 22 1385 23 1645 20 1925 18 1940 18 1955 17 1910 18
 Hungary 505 24 1165 23 1320 24 825 25 1135 25 1265 25 785 26 470 27 835 25 1210 23 1585 22
 Iceland 540 30 405 30 770 30 1090 31 685 29 415 29 705 29 960 29 1225 30
 Ireland 420 36 315 36 650 35
 Italy 585 18 1385 17 1610 17 2015 11 2160 14 2065 15 1980 16 1950 17 1950 17 1915 18 1845 19
 Japan 1425 10 2405 10 2380 10 2350 10 2345 10 2420 9 2465 9 2435 9 2320 11 2285 11 2315 10
 Kazakhstan 1490 8 2430 9 2475 8 2445 9 2445 9 2410 10 2475 8 2455 8 2475 7 2350 9 2145 14
 North Korea 650 13 1490 15 1635 16 1005 18 1380 19 1560 20 1775 18 1185 21 595 32 920 31 1340 26
 South Korea 600 27 1050 27 750 26 1070 26 1215 26 760 27 455 28 730 28 995 26 1310 28
 Latvia 645 15 1545 12 1750 13 1995 13 2250 11 2195 13 2135 14 2105 15 2170 13 2195 14 2190 13
 Netherlands 570 19 1330 19 1505 19 935 20 1300 21 1480 21 1645 21 1095 23 1265 22 1480 21 1750 20
 New Zealand 580 29 435 29 830 29 1110 27 690 28 415 30 740 27 1110 25 1455 25
 Norway 650 14 1510 14 1695 15 1900 15 2145 15 2150 14 2195 11 2225 12 2280 12 2320 10 2280 11
 Poland 500 34 975 28 1340 27
 Romania 320 25 940 25 1185 26 730 27 995 27 1100 29 685 30 410 31 675 30 405 34 270 36
 Russia 1620 5 2680 5 2605 6 2585 6 2565 6 2575 6 2610 6 2610 6 2670 5 2650 6 2710 4
 Slovakia 595 17 1375 18 1585 18 990 19 1415 18 1735 17 2040 15 2370 10 2470 8 2500 7 2430 8
 Slovenia 310 26 990 24 1385 21 1700 16 1865 16 1810 16 1075 22 1260 19 1385 19 1505 20 1615 21
 South Africa 505 23 505 28 790 28 465 28 910 28 1105 28 675 31 400 32 645 31 890 32 1135 32
 Spain 480 35 940 30 1255 29
 Sweden 1625 4 2725 4 2760 4 2830 3 2825 3 2760 4 2745 4 2735 4 2700 4 2680 5 2620 6
 Switzerland 1435 9 2435 8 2430 9 2480 8 2555 7 2645 5 2630 5 2640 5 2620 6 2685 4 2665 5
 Turkey 480 33 840 33 600 33 360 34 560 33 330 35 700 34
 United States 1740 2 2900 2 2940 2 2890 2 2890 2 2930 2 2960 1 2950 2 2970 1 2940 2 2960 1

References[]

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External links[]


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