The much anticipated final between Netherlands (World Ranking points: 3156) and Argentina (2715) meant that those two teams remain in first and second place respectively and Australia’s bronze medal has secured third place in the rankings for the Hockeyroos (2623). Germany’s (2189) good run at the World Cup sees Die Danas leapfrog England (2177)) into fourth place, while Belgium (2159) have moved up two places to sixth. 

Spain (2143) and New Zealand (2038) have moved ahead of India (1948) into seventh and eighth place respectively. The Eves are currently in ninth position just ahead of a rapidly rising China (1805), who have jumped from 13th to 10th. Japan (1693) are in 11th, Korea (1649) 12th and Ireland (1540) slip to 13th. For Chile (1398), their first ever appearance at a World Cup, combined with two winning performances sees the South American team move to an all-time high of 14th place.

Canada (1377) and USA (1313) are in 15th and 16th, while Scotland (1216), Italy (1182) and Malaysia (1165) have all moved ahead of South Africa (1127) who slip to 20th place. 

In the men’s FIH World Rankings, there is little movement. Australia (2822) continue to lead the way, closely followed by Belgium (2742). Netherlands (2641) is in third, with Germany (2340) leapfrogging over India (2299) into fourth place. England (2130) and Argentina (2082) are in sixth and seventh position, while Spain (1849) has jumped from 10th to eighth. New Zealand (1796) are in ninth with Malaysia (1666) in 10th position. 

With a number of test matches either underway or on the horizon, plus the Commonwealth Games, expect a dynamic and shifting ranking table in the coming weeks.

To see the complete FIH World Rankings, please click here.

The rankings calculations model that FIH introduced on 1st January 2020 moved away from the previous tournament-based rankings system to a dynamic, match-based method where opposing teams exchange points in official, FIH sanctioned games. The number of points exchanged depends on the result of the match, the relative ranking of the teams and the importance of the match. More information about the new rankings model can be found below. 

How the FIH World Rankings work:

The number of points exchanged depends on the result of the match, the relative ranking of the teams and the importance of the match. 

FIH World Rankings explained:

  • Based on the Elo rating system, which is used as the basis of many other sports ranking systems 
  • When two nations play against each other, a number of ranking points are exchanged between them 
  • In every match, the number of points gained by one team is exactly matched by the number of points lost by the other
  • Teams will win more points for beating teams ranked above them, and therefore teams will lose more points for losing to a team ranked below them 
  • Teams will win less points for beating teams ranked below them, and therefore teams will lose less points for losing to a team ranked above them
  • If a draw occurs, the lower ranked team will gain a small number of points and the higher ranked team will lose the same number of points 
  • The number of points exchanged is dependent on the result of the match (win, lose, shootout win/loss or draw), the importance of the match (part of a major tournament, or a test series for example), and the relative difference in ranking points between the teams before the match. 

More details about the formula used in the algorithm, weightings of matches and other factors can be found HERE together with a Frequently Asked Questions document HERE.

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