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Top 10 nations
# Men
1 Soviet Union Soviet Union
2 Canada Canada
3 Finland Finland
4 Sweden Sweden
5 United States United States
6 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
7 Norway Norway
8 Switzerland Switzerland
9 Latvia Latvia
10 Germany Germany
Historical #1 teams

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
IIHF World Championship 2 Every four years
Olympic ice hockey tournaments 2 Every four years
North America Cup 1 Every two years
IIHF European Championship 1 Every two years
IIHF Asian Oceanic Championship 0.3 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

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