FIH Indoor World Rankings released
Austria men became the number one ranked indoor team following their dream start to 2018. That included a golden double – the EuroHockey Indoor Championship and the Indoor Hockey World Cup titles.
They replace Germany, the team they beat in the final in Berlin, at the top, with their European neighbors slipping one place to number two. Czech Republic’s men meanwhile made a giant leap from sixth to third while Iran are the highest ranked Asian team as they also move up the rankings from seventh to fourth.
The two biggest beneficiaries are Belgium and Trinidad & Tobago. Belgium’s sixth place finish in Berlin sees them move from 16th to 10th, while Trinidad & Tobago move from 18th to 12th on the back of their 10th place finish.
It is bad news for the Netherlands and Russia however. Netherland’s failure to qualify for the Indoor World Cup meant the 2015 Indoor Hockey World Cup winners have slipped to eighth, while Russia’s ninth place finish in Berlin leaves them in sixth, a drop of two places. England have also dropped down the rankings from 13th to 16th.
Switzerland move up one place to seventh; Australia – who enjoyed a great World Cup where they finished fourth – move up two places to sit at number nine. Other rising teams include South Africa (12th to 11th), Kazakhstan (16th to 13th) and Denmark (19th to 18th).
There have also been some big casualties on the back of performances in continental events. France dropped from 22nd to 39th; USA from 15th to 42nd and Canada from 10th to 15th.
In the women’s FIH Hero Indoor World rankings, Germany have moved to number one, swapping places with the team they beat in the final -Netherlands.
The bronze medal won by Belarus moved them up to third in the rankings, with Ukraine moving to fourth – a jump of three places.
One of the biggest movers in the women’s team rankings is Switzerland. A fifth place finish in the Indoor Hockey World Cup sees the European team leap up the rankings from 19th to seventh, a massive 12 places. USA continue their upward trajectory, moving eight places from 20th to 12th and Russia also move up from 17th to 10th.
Among the casualties of the revised rankings are Czech Republic who slip from third to fifth; Poland, whose eighth place in Berlin moves them from fourth to sixth; Austria, who drop from sixth to ninth; South Africa, who did not qualify for the Indoor Hockey World Cup, fall away to 16th from previous high of 10; and Canada who drop from 11 to 17.
Namibia, who were ranked at 14 move to 11, Australia sit tight at eight and Kazakhstan move up one place to 13th. All three teams achieved places above their rankings at the Indoor World Cup.
CREDIT : FIH