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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
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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 0.5 Every two years
IIHF Pan American Ice Hockey Cup 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

2000–16

Key
Year
P
Points Rank
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Team P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P
Argentina Argentina 1150 35 1200 35 800 35
Flag of Australia.svg Australia 2410 26 2075 26 2370 27
Austria Austria 3605 13 3170 13 3660 12 3220 12
Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium 2240 28 2020 28 1145 33
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria 2320 27 2050 27 2515 24
Canada Canada 4420 4 3940 3 4660 1 4130 1
Flag of Chile.svg Chile 1012 37 1074 37 336 39
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China 2780 22 2320 23 2560 23
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 4775 1 4200 1 4440 3 3890 4
Denmark Denmark 3435 14 3040 14 3385 15 3060 14
Estonia Estonia 3010 20 2660 20 3135 18 2760 18
Finland Finland 4480 3 3950 2 4340 6 3790 6
France France 3705 12 3240 12 3600 13 3160 13
Germany Germany 3760 11 3340 11 3900 10 3520 9
United Kingdom Great Britain 3195 17 2830 17 3105 19 2700 19
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 2975 21 2670 19 2935 21 2660 20
Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland 1610 32 1790 32 1195 31
Flag of Israel.svg Israel 1705 31 1810 31 1210 30
Flag of Italy.svg Italy 3790 10 3440 10 3760 11 3230 11
Flag of Japan.svg Japan 3120 18 2570 21 2940 20 2450 22
North Korea North Korea 550 39 825 39 500 38
South Korea South Korea 2560 24 2190 25 2480 25
Latvia Latvia 3855 9 3480 9 3945 9 3470 10
Lithuania Lithuania 2685 23 2410 22 2835 22 2500 21
Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg 800 38 1200 34 850 34
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico 1101 36 1152 36 768 36
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 3030 19 2690 18 3155 17 2800 17
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 2210 29 1910 30 2240 28
Norway Norway 4045 8 3590 8 4255 7 3680 7
Flag of Poland.svg Poland 3280 16 2880 16 3330 16 2950 16
Flag of Romania.svg Romania 2520 25 2290 24 2620 26 2400 23
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 1200 34 900 38 600 37
Soviet Union Soviet Union 4360 5 3760 7 4355 5 3850 5
Flag of Spain.svg Spain 1975 30 2020 29 1345 29
Sweden Sweden 4505 2 3920 4 4380 4 3920 3
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 4220 7 3830 6 4090 8 3570 8
Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey 1605 33 1720 33 1150 32
United States United States 4240 6 3850 5 4480 2 3980 2
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg Yugoslavia 3355 15 3000 15 3455 14 3040 15

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