The latest FIH (International Hockey Federation) men’s and women’s world rankings have been released today following the conclusion of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup. The winners of both the Men’s and Women’s World Cup – Australia and the Netherlands – have maintained their positions at the top of the FIH World Hockey Rankings.
Argentina’s men’s team, who claimed third place in the Rabobank Hockey World Cup after beating England 2-0, climb four places in the rankings from 11th to 7th while both Germany (3rd) and England (5th) fall one place. The top two spots in the men’s rankings are reserved for the finalists of the showpiece tournament, Australia and Netherlands. Australia’s dominant 6-1 victory in the final keeps them in the top three of the men’s rankings for the 11th consecutive year. India slipped by one place to 9th, while Belgium improved by one rank to 4th in the current men’s FIH World Hockey rankings.
In the women’s rankings, the Netherlands consolidated their place at the top of the world following their 2-0 win over Australia in final of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup on the 14 June. Meanwhile the USA team climb two spaces to 8th having reached the semi-finals this year, and Australia replaced Argentina from 2nd place with a jump to 2 positions. New Zealand and China jumped one and two places respectively to sit on 4th and 5th in the current FIH World Hockey rankings.
The latest world indoor rankings have also been released today following the completion of last week’s Asia Indoor Cup. The indoor rankings illustrate Germany’s continued success in the sport with both the men’s and women’s teams topping their respective global lists.
European nations continue to dominate the indoor game contributing seven of the top 10 men’s teams and eight of the top 10 women’s teams. The world indoor rankings will determine which teams play in which pools at the Indoor World Cup 2015, which will be hosted by Germany.