FIH World Rankings


The FIH World Ranking is a ranking system for men's and women's national teams in field hockey. The teams of the member nations of International Hockey Federation (FIH), field hockey's world governing body, are ranked based on their game results. The rankings were introduced in October 2003.[3]

Men's Top 20 Rankings as of 30 June 2021[1]
Rank Change Team Points
1 1  Australia2513.671
2 1  Belgium2449.673
3  Netherlands2355.139
4  India2223.458
5  Germany2163.5698
6  England2007.493
7  Argentina1923.42
8  New Zealand1655.997
9  Spain1546.8625
10  Canada1509.191
11  Malaysia1418
12  France1344.801
13  Ireland1293
14  South Africa1261.69
15  Japan1105
16  South Korea1065
17 1  Wales1014.417
18 1  Pakistan1010
19  Scotland915.27
20  Austria913.613
*Change from 2 June 2021
Women's Top 20 Rankings as of 30 June 2021[2]
Rank Change Team Points
1  Netherlands2805.667
2  Argentina2235.598
3 1  Germany2183.788
4 1  Australia2130.401
5  England2082.4
6  New Zealand1903.356
7  Spain1770.908
8 4  Belgium1700.754
9 1  Ireland1681.884
10 1  India1643
11 1  China1621
12 1  South Korea1580
13  Japan1386.693
14  Canada1363
15  United States1198.385
16  South Africa1166.232
17  Italy979.509
18  Chile966.102
19  Russia946
20 2  Scotland925.415
*Change from 2 June 2021

Uses of the rankings


The rankings were introduced to overcome the criticism of fixing when drawing the pools for each tournament. It also determines the quotas for tournaments such as the Olympic Games and the World Cup.[4]

Calculation method


Overview

All of the FIH-recognised, including qualifying and continental tournaments for last four years are included in ranking points calculation. However, the past results will be deducted by the percentage set by the FIH as shown by the tabulated below.

Year Points percentage included
Year 4 100%
Year 3 75%
Year 2 50%
Year 1 25%
Total points

Continental championships

FIH had set the total allocated points for the continental tournaments. However, a different percentage was set to differ the standard of regional field hockey. Currently, only Europe had full 100% points allocation for all classification while the others had only several finishers with full points allocation. Africa is the sole continent with neither men's or women's tournament had full points allocation.

New calculation method

From 2020 onwards the FIH will use a match-based world rankings system similar to the ones being used in rugby union and association football.[5]

Rank leaders


Men's at the end of each year
Year Team
Present  Australia
2020  Belgium
2019  Australia
2018  Belgium
2017  Australia
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012  Germany
2011  Australia
2010
2009  Germany
2008
2007
2006
2005  Australia
2004  Germany
2003
Women's at the end of each year
Year Team
Present  Netherlands
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011  Argentina
2010
2009  Netherlands
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003  Argentina

References


  1. "FIH Men's and Women's World Ranking". FIH. 30 June 2021. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  2. "FIH Men's and Women's World Ranking". FIH. 30 June 2021. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  3. "FIH to introduce world rankings". The Hindu. 2 September 2003. Archived from the original on 24 September 2004. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  4. "FIH World Ranking System" (PDF). International Hockey Federation. FIH.ch. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  5. "FIH creates Hockey5s World Cup". fih.ch. International Hockey Federation. 11 November 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2019.