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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. As of 2016, the current leader in rankings is Canada in men's play.

The system was approved at the IIHF congress of September 2000.

Calculation

Only IIHF tournaments (and tournaments sanctioned by the IIHF) are used in calculations for the tournaments. Other tournaments, such as invitationals and friendlies are not included.

Events' weights

Each IIHF event has a weight, partly based on the strength of the various national teams participating:

Event Weight Frequency
Olympic ice hockey tournaments 2 Every four years
IIHF World Championship 2 Every four years
IIHF European Championship 1 Every two years
North America Cup 1 Every two years
IIHF Asian Oceanic Championship 0.6 Every two years
IIHF Pan American Ice Hockey Cup 0.3 Every two years
IIHF African Cup of Nations 0.2 Every two years

Competition ranking points

The world ranking is based on the final positions of the last two regional championships (the North America Cup, European and Asian Oceanic Championship), and the last Ice Hockey World Championships and Olympic ice hockey tournament. Points are assigned according to a team's final placement in the regional championship, 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.

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. For example, if in 2016 a European or North American team had won the gold medal in the last four regional and world championships and the last Olympic tournament their score would be 4800:

Competition Valuation
coefficient
Points
2016 IIHF World Championship 100% 2400
2015 IIHF European Championship 75% 900
2014 Winter Olympics 50% 1200
2013 IIHF European Championship 25% 300
2012 IIHF World Championship 0% 0

Example

Sweden's 3750.0 points were calculated by this method:

Tournament Finish Points Weight Valuation
coefficient
Result
2015 IIHF European Championship 4th 1100 1 100% 1100
2014 Winter Olympics 4th 1100 2 75% 1650
2013 IIHF European Championship 1st 1200 1 50% 600
2012 IIHF World Championship 1st 1200 2 25% 600
2011 IIHF European Championship 2nd 1160 1 0% 0
Total 3750.0

Ranking

Rank
+/− Team WC division
(as of 2016)
RC 2015
(100%)
OLY 2014
(75%)
RC 2013
(50%)
WC 2012
(25%)
Total Region
1 Soviet Union Soviet Union Championship 1200.0 1800.0 560.0 550.0 4110.0 IIHF Europe
2 Canada Canada Championship 1200.0 1740.0 600.0 530.0 4070.0 IIHF Americas
3 Finland Finland Championship 1160.0 1680.0 560.0 580.0 3980.0 IIHF Europe
4 Sweden Sweden Championship 1100.0 1650.0 600.0 600.0 3750.0 IIHF Europe
5 United States United States Championship 1160.0 1590.0 580.0 520.0 3850.0 IIHF Americas
6 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Championship 1120.0 1560.0 530.0 520.0 3730.0 IIHF Europe
7 1 Norway Norway Championship 1020.0 1530.0 510.0 560.0 3620.0 IIHF Europe
8 1 Switzerland Switzerland Championship 1060.0 1440.0 580.0 500.0 3580.0 IIHF Europe
9 Latvia Latvia Championship 960.0 1500.0 500.0 470.0 3430.0 IIHF Europe
10 Germany Germany Championship 1040.0 1380.0 520.0 460.0 3400.0 IIHF Europe
11 France France Championship 1000.0 1290.0 470.0 480.0 3240.0 IIHF Europe
12 Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg Yugoslavia Championship 920.0 1410.0 440.0 430.0 3200.0 IIHF Europe
13 Denmark Denmark Championship 940.0 1320.0 480.0 450.0 3190.0 IIHF Europe
14 Austria Austria Championship 900.0 1350.0 430.0 440.0 3120.0 IIHF Europe
15 Flag of Italy.svg Italy Championship 840.0 1260.0 460.0 420.0 2980.0 IIHF Europe
16 Japan Japan Championship 360.0 1230.0 1800.0 390.0 2160.0 IIHF Asia and Oceania
17 Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary Championship 880.0 1230.0 420.0 400.0 2930.0 IIHF Europe
Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea Division II 0.0 IIHF Asia and Oceania
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China Division II 0.0 IIHF Asia and Oceania
Flag of Australia.svg Australia Division II 0.0 IIHF Asia and Oceania
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Division II 0.0 IIHF Asia and Oceania
Flag of North Korea.svg North Korea Division II 0.0 IIHF Asia and Oceania
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia Division II 0.0 IIHF Asia and Oceania
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg United Arab Emirates Division II 0.0 IIHF Asia and Oceania
Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand Division II 0.0 IIHF Asia and Oceania
Flag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia Division II 0.0 IIHF Asia and Oceania
Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong Division II 0.0 IIHF Asia and Oceania
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chinese Taipei Division II 0.0 IIHF Asia and Oceania
Flag of Kuwait.svg Kuwait Division II 0.0 IIHF Asia and Oceania
Argentina Argentina Division II 0.0 IIHF Americas
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Division II 0.0 IIHF Americas
Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia Division II 0.0 IIHF Americas
Chile Chile Division II 0.0 IIHF Americas
Brazil Brazil Division II 0.0 IIHF Americas
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Division III 0.0 IIHF Africa
Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria Division III 0.0 IIHF Africa
Flag of Tunisia.svg Tunisia Division III 0.0 IIHF Africa
Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco Division III 0.0 IIHF Africa
Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt Division III 0.0 IIHF Africa

2000–16

Key
Year
P
Points Rank
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Team P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P
Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 224 46 568 46 636 47 372 47 418 51 627 49 648 52 432 51
Argentina Argentina 1150 35 1200 35 800 35 748 36 1231 37 1182 37 788 37 730 41 1379 35 1700 33 1914 32 1568 32 1991 32 1622 33 1908 34
Flag of Armenia.svg Armenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 600 42 1010 41 720 41 990 36 1080 42 1210 43 845 41 960 42 1065 44 1200 42 800 42
Flag of Australia.svg Australia 2410 26 2075 26 2370 27 2015 27 2370 29 2045 27 2405 26 2065 28 2405 26 2065 28 2450 26 2272 26 2269 29 2336 25 2463 28
Austria Austria 3605 13 3170 13 3660 12 3220 12 3695 11 3250 12 3360 11 3200 12 3585 13 3150 13 3600 13 3170 13 3580 13 3150 13 3600 13
Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium 2240 28 2020 28 1145 33 1330 30 1895 29 1920 28 2355 27 2140 27 2355 28 2180 26 2395 29 2220 27 2455 27 2230 28 2505 27
Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 318 54 238.5 54
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria 2320 27 2050 27 2515 24 2290 24 2565 24 2290 24 2500 24 2230 26 2365 27 2130 27 2420 28 2190 29 2480 26 2240 27 2535 26
Canada Canada 4420 4 3940 3 4660 1 4130 1 4800 1 3808 3 4176 5 3554 5 4530 3 4010 2 4730 1 4160 1 4510 3 3990 3 4660 2
Flag of Chile.svg Chile 1012 37 1074 37 336 39 694 38 1136 38 1104 38 736 39 716 42 1025 43 1420 37 674.5 43 665 47 1090 43 1065 45 710 45
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China 2780 22 2320 23 2560 23 2160 25 2525 25 2190 25 2610 23 2382 24 2610 24 2230 24 2625 24 2428 23 2634 25 2302 26 2584 25
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 940 47 423 52
Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 520 44 720 43 507.5 43 625 43 770 44 1216 42 470.5 46 570 49 650 48 768 50 514 49
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 4775 1 4200 1 4440 3 3830 6 4385 4 3940 5 4535 3 3940 4 4365 5 3820 6 4255 6 3770 6 4285 6 3720 6 4260 5
Denmark Denmark 3435 14 3040 14 3385 15 3060 14 3680 12 3290 11 3680 12 3210 11 3615 12 3290 11 3670 12 3220 12 3635 12 3220 12 3625 11
Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Estonia Estonia 3010 20 2660 20 3135 18 2760 18 3115 18 2720 20 3105 18 2700 19 2825 22 2490 22 2800 22 2510 22 2740 24 2450 24 2760 23
Finland Finland 4480 3 3950 2 4340 6 3850 5 4520 2 3940 1 4595 2 3990 2 4515 4 3880 4 4435 5 3970 3 4605 2 4020 2 4540 3
France France 3705 12 3240 12 3600 13 3160 13 3565 13 3140 13 3560 14 3160 13 3660 11 3200 12 3680 11 3260 11 3795 11 3320 11 3615 12
Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 560 43 960 42 685 42 950 38 1140 41 1280 41 895 39 1010 41 1165 41 1310 40 875 39
Germany Germany 3760 11 3340 11 3900 10 3520 9 3925 9 3440 9 3835 10 3440 10 3865 10 3510 9 3910 9 3470 9 3835 9 3410 9 3800 10
United Kingdom Great Britain 3195 17 2830 17 3105 19 2700 19 3070 19 2720 18 3020 21 2710 18 3120 18 2790 17 3135 17 2810 18 3255 16 2860 17 3200 18
Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 450 52 337.5 52 882 43 954 46 1188 43 792 43
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 2975 21 2670 19 2935 21 2660 20 2935 22 2660 19 3140 17 2830 17 3175 16 2830 16 3260 16 2860 16 3210 17 2870 16 3285 16
Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland 1610 32 1790 32 1195 31 1230 32 1580 33 1670 33 1115 33 1180 33 1505 33 1570 35 1045 36 1120 36 1440 36 1550 35 1915 33
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 640 41 1060 39 755 38 1030 35 1300 37 1450 36 970 37 1070 39 1310 37 1370 39 920 38
Flag of Israel.svg Israel 1705 31 1810 31 1210 30 1270 31 1710 31 1830 31 1225 32 1360 31 1695 32 1750 32 1160 35 1230 35 1620 34 1710 32 2180 31
Flag of Italy.svg Italy 3790 10 3440 10 3760 11 3230 11 3535 14 3070 14 3585 13 3150 14 3535 14 3100 14 3440 14 3040 14 3310 15 3020 14 3410 14
Flag of Japan.svg Japan 3120 18 2570 21 2940 20 2450 22 3000 20 2490 23 3045 19 2530 22 3005 20 2500 21 2995 20 2680 20 3200 18 2740 19 3120 19
North Korea North Korea 550 39 825 39 500 38 825 35 1270 36 1335 35 887.5 35 970 37 1327.5 36 1395 38 930 38 1178 37 1454 35 1554 34 1033 36
South Korea South Korea 2560 24 2190 25 2480 25 2130 26 2475 26 2120 26 2485 25 2312 25 2605 25 2210 25 2500 25 2312 25 2790 23 2464 23 2836 22
Flag of Kuwait.svg Kuwait 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 480 49 360 48 864 45 1056 45 1176 44 780 44
Latvia Latvia 3855 9 3480 9 3945 9 3470 10 4020 7 3580 7 3990 8 3470 9 3895 9 3380 10 3850 10 3400 10 3830 10 3390 10 3940 9
Lithuania Lithuania 2685 23 2410 22 2835 22 2500 21 2885 23 2560 21 2870 21 2570 21 2915 21 2600 20 2940 21 2610 21 2980 20 2580 21 2940 21
Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg 800 38 1200 34 850 34 1100 34 1360 34 1470 34 980 34 1090 34 1240 40 1360 39 1500 34 1370 34 1300 38 1390 38 925 37
Flag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 470 50 352.5 49 834 46 555 50 816 49 543 48
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico 1101 36 1152 36 768 36 744 37 1277 35 1230 36 820 36 770 40 1280 38 1638 34 1811 33 1514 33 1897 33 1546 36 1822 35
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 680 40 1020 40 722.5 40 935 39 1270 39 1325 40 882.5 40 1054 40 1253 39 1392 37 840 41
Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 232 45 654 45 708 46 472 45 460 50 666 47 662 51 441 50
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 3030 19 2690 18 3155 17 2800 17 3175 17 2780 17 3025 20 2670 20 3160 17 2780 18 3100 19 2720 19 2900 21 2650 20 2960 20
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 2210 29 1910 30 2240 28 1930 28 2180 28 1890 29 2227.5 29 1925 30 2267.5 29 1955 29 2202.5 30 2046 30 2164 30 1968 25 2213 30
Norway Norway 4045 8 3590 8 4255 7 3680 7 3910 10 3420 10 3915 9 3480 8 4060 8 3580 7 4095 7 3570 8 4240 7 3690 8 4180 7
Flag of Poland.svg Poland 3280 16 2880 16 3330 16 2950 16 3380 15 3010 15 3250 16 2850 16 3095 19 2730 19 3125 18 2830 17 3165 19 2810 18 3210 17
Flag of Romania.svg Romania 2520 25 2290 24 2620 26 2400 23 2970 21 2550 22 2805 22 2460 23 2705 23 2420 23 2715 23 2410 24 2820 22 2480 22 2730 24
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 1200 34 900 38 600 37 300 39 840 39 630 44 420 44 450 44 1440 34 1200 44 660 44 572 48 1120 42 1020 46 680 46
Soviet Union Soviet Union 4360 5 3760 7 4355 5 3850 5 4305 6 3840 4 4390 4 3950 3 4690 1 4150 1 4520 3 3890 5 4385 4 3830 5 4400 4
Flag of Spain.svg Spain 1975 30 2020 29 1345 29 1340 29 1810 30 1850 30 1230 31 1270 32 1820 31 1900 31 2430 27 2210 28 2360 28 2130 29 2385 29
Sweden Sweden 4505 2 3920 4 4380 4 3920 3 4355 5 3840 3 4600 1 4050 1 4550 2 3990 3 4460 4 3940 4 4660 1 4130 1 4710 1
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 4220 7 3830 6 4090 8 3570 8 4000 8 3530 8 4120 7 3620 7 4080 7 3560 8 4025 8 3580 7 4050 8 3700 7 4055 8
Thailand Thailand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 460 51 345 51 876 44 588 52 876 48 582 47
Flag of Tunisia.svg Tunisia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 220 47 525 48 600 48 348 50 338 52 497 51 544 53 363 53
Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey 1605 33 1720 33 1150 32 1220 33 1650 32 1690 32 2245 28 2040 29 2195 30 1990 30 2100 31 1930 31 2040 31 1890 31 2020 32
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg United Arab Emirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 560 47 930 45 752.5 42 1136 38 1202 40 1290 41 853 40
United States United States 4240 6 3850 5 4480 2 3980 2 4520 3 3650 6 4172 6 3548 6 4310 6 3870 5 4550 2 4020 2 4370 5 3850 4 4235 6
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg Yugoslavia 3355 15 3000 15 3455 14 3040 15 3345 16 2930 16 3345 15 2970 15 3395 15 3000 15 3430 15 2990 15 3460 14 2950 15 3565 15

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