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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]

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System

Both the men's and women's ranking systems are based on the standings of the most recent Winter Olympic Games and the four most recent IIHF World Championships. The world champion or Olympic gold medal winner is awarded 1200 points. In general there is a 20 point interval between two ranks, but there is a 40-point interval between position 1 and 2, 2 and 3, 4 and 5 and 8 and 9. The results of the most recent tournaments have a higher weight in the ranking. For example, in the 2009 men's ranking, The 2009 tournament has 100% points value, the 2008 has 75%, 2007 has 50% and 2006 has 25%. All championships before that are no longer counted. The Olympic tournament has the same value as the World Championship the same year. If several teams are equal on points, the position of most recent World Championship will decide the ranking of those teams.[3]

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 2010 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 the men's tournament at the 2010 Winter Olympics was structured around the 2008 ranking. Twelve spots were made available for teams. The top nine teams in the World Ranking after the 2008 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships received automatic berths into the Ice Hockey event. Teams ranked 10th through 30th had an opportunity to qualify for the event.[4][5] The women's tournament uses a similar qualification format. The top six teams in the IIHF Women's World Ranking after the 2008 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships received automatic berths into the ice hockey event. Lower ranked teams had an opportunity to qualify for the event. Teams ranked 13th and below were divided into two groups where they played in a first qualification round in September 2008. The two group winners from the round advanced to the second qualification round, where the teams ranked seventh through twelfth joined them.[6]

Men's rankings

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2009

The Men's 2009 ranking is based on the performance at World Championship of 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006 and at the 2006 Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament in Turin, Italy.[7]

Rank
Team Points
before
2009
Points
gained
in 2009
Points
2009
Change
+/−
1  Russia (WC) 2000 1200 3200 +1
2  Canada 2000 1160 3160 −1
3  Sweden (OC) 1975 1120 3095
4  Finland 1990 1060 3050
5  United States 1815 1100 2915 +1
6  Czech Republic 1875 1040 2915 –1
7  Switzerland 1765 960 2725
8  Belarus 1660 1000 2660 +1
9  Slovakia 1680 940 2635 –1
10  Latvia 1590 1020 2610 +1
11  Norway 1625 920 2545 +1
12  Germany 1620 840 2460 −2
13  Denmark 1565 880 2445
14  France 1440 900 2325 +4
15  Italy 1510 780 2290 −1
16  Austria 1425 860 2285
17  Slovenia 1430 760 2190 −2
18  Kazakhstan 1365 800 2165 +1
19  Ukraine 1395 740 2135 −2
20  Hungary 1310 820 2130
21  Japan 1245 720 1965 +1
22  Poland 1260 680 1940 −1
23  Lithuania 1150 660 1810
24  Netherlands 1115 640 1755
25  Great Britain 995 700 1695 +4
26  Croatia 1055 620 1675
27  Estonia 1115 520 1635 −2
28  Romania 1025 580 1605 −1
29  China 950 460 1410 −1
30  South Korea 835 560 1395 +1
31  Australia 785 600 1385 +2
32  Serbia 825 540 1365 −2
33  Belgium 755 500 1255 +1
34  Spain 685 480 1165 +2
35  Bulgaria 740 420 1160 −3
36  Israel 690 380 1070 −1
37  Iceland 590 440 1030 +1
38  Mexico 625 400 1025 −1
39  New Zealand 530 320 850
40  South Africa 450 340 790 +2
41  Turkey 450 300 750
42  Ireland 480 240 720 −2
43  North Korea 345 360 705 +1
44  Luxembourg 420 280 700 −1
45  Mongolia 295 220 515
46  Greece 180 260 440
47  Bosnia and Herzegovina 150 150
48  Armenia 70 70

2003–2008

Key
 P  Points
 R  Rank
Team P-2003
R-2003
P-2004
R-2004
P-2005
R-2005
P-2006
R-2006
P-2007
R-2007
P-2008
R-2008
 Armenia 240 45 420 45 580 45 390 45 200 48
 Australia 1080 36 1125 35 1195 34 1215 34 1260 33 1300 33
 Austria 2970 12 2755 11 2430 13 2930 16 2695 17 2445 16
 Belarus 2955 13 2590 13 2430 12 3230 10 3025 9 2845 9
 Belgium 1240 33 1345 33 1255 32 1200 35 1200 35 1230 34
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 200 47
 Bulgaria 1550 30 1375 32 1235 33 1715 30 1500 31 1305 32
 Canada 3685 1 3485 1 3220 1 3890 3 3670 2 3410 1
 China 1805 28 1630 28 1515 28 1970 28 1860 27 1650 28
 Croatia 1545 31 1425 31 1390 30 2000 27 1850 28 1790 26
 Czech Republic 3560 3 3225 4 3065 3 3985 2 3595 4 3265 5
 Denmark 2665 14 2575 14 2400 14 3005 14 2855 12 2660 13
 Estonia 2135 24 1995 24 1860 24 2325 24 2165 23 1930 25
 Finland 3525 4 3195 5 2865 7 3830 4 3640 3 3385 4
 France 2575 18 2400 18 2150 17 2720 19 2525 19 2410 18
 Germany 3240 8 2990 8 2580 10 3110 12 2925 11 2740 10
 Great Britain 2230 23 1990 25 1780 25 1580 31 1605 29 1645 29
 Greece 240 46
 Hungary 2255 22 2060 22 1920 22 2430 22 2320 21 2220 20
 Iceland 930 38 875 39 875 39 840 40 920 37 965 38
 Ireland 260 44 455 44 585 44 710 43 775 40
 Israel 1110 35 1035 36 1140 35 1275 33 1260 34 1190 35
 Italy 2585 17 2315 19 2100 19 2915 17 2815 13 2580 14
 Japan 2605 15 2440 15 2090 20 2540 21 2305 22 2120 22
 Kazakhstan 2480 21 2410 17 2335 15 3115 11 2740 16 2405 19
 North Korea 680 41 950 37 1105 36 1105 36 660 44 645 44
 South Korea 1420 32 1455 30 1360 31 1320 32 1320 32 1365 31
 Latvia 3060 10 2900 10 2675 9 3310 9 2995 10 2740 11
 Lithuania 1885 27 1720 27 1620 27 2270 25 2105 25 1970 23
 Luxembourg 635 42 755 42 785 42 705 43 710 42 695 43
 Mexico 820 39 770 41 775 43 845 39 915 38 1010 37
 Mongolia 260 46 415 45
 Netherlands 2135 25 2015 23 1885 23 2360 23 2155 24 1935 24
 New Zealand 800 40 870 40 910 38 925 38 900 39 890 39
 Norway 2535 20 2265 21 2105 18 2935 15 2780 14 2735 12
 Poland 2550 19 2295 20 2085 21 2580 20 2395 20 2175 21
 Romania 1965 26 1845 26 1685 26 2135 26 1970 26 1770 27
 Russia 3480 6 3105 7 2905 5 3725 5 3535 5 3400 2
 Serbia 1685 29 1565 29 1420 29 1745 29 1555 30 1425 30
 Slovakia 3480 5 3235 3 2965 4 3685 6 3390 6 2955 8
 Slovenia 2595 16 2420 16 2295 16 2870 18 2640 18 2460 15
 South Africa 990 37 930 38 845 40 830 41 770 41 755 42
 Spain 1230 34 1170 34 1090 37 1040 37 1090 36 1120 36
 Sweden 3610 2 3400 2 3095 2 4095 1 3740 1 3400 3
 Switzerland 3135 9 2920 9 2715 8 3500 8 3250 8 3020 7
 Turkey 625 43 690 43 795 41 775 42 830 40 765 41
 Ukraine 3010 11 2720 12 2490 11 3005 13 2740 15 2435 17
 United States 3330 7 3145 6 2865 6 3580 7 3375 7 3105 6

Women's rankings

2009

Rank
Team Points
2009
Change
+/−
1  United States 2960 +1
2  Canada 2930 -1
3  Finland 2785 0
4  Sweden 2745 0
5  Switzerland 2630 0
6  Russia 2610 0
7  China 2485 +1
8  Kazakhstan 2475 +2
9  Japan 2465 0
10  Germany 2420 -3
11  Norway 2195 +3
12  Czech Republic 2180 0
13  France 2170 -2
14  Latvia 2135 -1
15  Slovakia 2040 +2
16  Italy 1980 -1
17  Austria 1875 +2
18  North Korea 1775 +2
19  Denmark 1760 -1
20  Great Britain 1645 +3
21  Netherlands 1645 0
22  Slovenia 1075 -6
23  Australia 890 -1
24  Belgium 810 0
25  Croatia 785 +5
26  Hungary 785 -1
27  South Korea 760 -1
28  New Zealand 690 -1
29  Iceland 685 +2
30  Romania 685 -1
31  South Africa 675 -3
32  Estonia 650 0
33  Turkey 600 0

2003–2008

Team P-2003
R-2003
P-2004
R-2004
P-2005
R-2005
P-2006
R-2006
P-2007
R-2007
P-2008
R-2008
 Australia 530 22 1270 21 1375 22 850 23 1205 23 1405 22
 Austria 700 26 1375 25 850 21 1315 20 1580 19
 Belgium 535 21 1175 22 1335 23 830 24 1160 24 1305 24
 Bulgaria 780 34
 Canada 1800 1 3000 1 2960 1 2970 1 2980 1 2950 1
 China 1545 7 2565 7 2575 7 2485 7 2520 8 2510 8
 Croatia 580 31 1095 30
 Czech Republic 670 11 1590 11 1840 11 2010 12 2195 13 2205 12
 Denmark 635 16 1455 16 1700 14 1070 17 1485 17 1650 18
 Estonia 520 32 910 32
 Finland 1655 3 2775 3 2765 3 2760 4 2755 4 2770 3
 France 660 12 1540 13 1780 12 1995 14 2230 12 2220 11
 Germany 1565 6 2605 6 2625 5 2635 5 2585 5 2525 7
 Great Britain 560 20 1280 20 1425 20 885 22 1210 22 1385 23
 Hungary 505 24 1165 23 1320 24 825 25 1135 25 1265 25
 Iceland 540 30 405 30 770 30 1090 31
 Italy 585 18 1385 17 1610 17 2015 11 2160 14 2065 15
 Japan 1425 10 2405 10 2380 10 2350 10 2345 10 2420 9
 Kazakhstan 1490 8 2430 9 2475 8 2445 9 2445 9 2410 10
 North Korea 650 13 1490 15 1635 16 1005 18 1380 19 1560 20
 South Korea 600 27 1050 27 750 26 1070 26 1215 26
 Latvia 645 15 1545 12 1750 13 1995 13 2250 11 2195 13
 Netherlands 570 19 1330 19 1505 19 935 20 1300 21 1480 21
 New Zealand 580 29 435 29 830 29 1110 27
 Norway 650 14 1510 14 1695 15 1900 15 2145 15 2150 14
 Romania 320 25 940 25 1185 26 730 27 995 27 1100 29
 Russia 1620 5 2680 5 2605 6 2585 6 2565 6 2575 6
 Slovakia 595 17 1375 18 1585 18 990 19 1415 18 1735 17
 Slovenia 310 26 990 24 1385 21 1700 16 1865 16 1810 16
 South Africa 505 28 790 28 465 28 910 28 1105 28
 Sweden 1625 4 2725 4 2760 4 2830 3 2890 2 2760 4
 Switzerland 1435 9 2435 8 2430 9 2480 8 2555 7 2645 5
 Turkey 480 33 840 33
 United States 1740 2 2900 2 2940 2 2890 2 2825 3 2930 2

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