- Australia and the Netherlands maintain top spot in men’s and women’s FIH World Rankings
- India and Canada men move up the rankings
- Changes in the women’s top eight as USA slide down rankings
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has released the latest World Rankings following the completion of the four events comprising the Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Buenos Aires and Antwerp (men); Valencia and Antwerp (women).
World Cup holders Australia men and the Netherlands women remain at the top of the World Rankings after both teams won their respective Hockey World League Semi-Final events, beating Belgium and Korea in the finals. Canada and India men are climbers among top15 while South Africa slides two places to 15th place.
In the men’s World Rankings, the Netherlands, who won silver in the 2014 World Cup remain in second place, while Olympic gold medallists Germany, who also won their Hockey World League Semi-Final, are in third place.
The battle for fourth spot continues between Belgium (4) and England (5) – just 27 points separate the teams. Argentina (6) and New Zealand (7) remain unchanged, while India men have moved to eighth in the rankings. A fourth place finish for Canada in Buenos Aires means the North Americans have moved ahead of Ireland (14) to 13th. Canada’s move means South Africa drop two places to 15th. Similarly, fourth place finish in Antwerp takes India one place ahead to 8th as their Asian Counterparts Korea drops to 9th place. Pakistan remains at 10th place.
It is getting tight in the battle for top spots in the women’s World Rankings. Just 14 points separates Germany (5), China (6) and England (7). While Australia (2), Argentina (3) and New Zealand (4) remain unmoved. USA women have dropped from fifth to eighth.
Spain’s fifth place finish in the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Valencia, sees the team move to 14th while Ireland have slipped to 15th after finishing eighth in Valencia. India women remains steady at 13th place.
The next update to the World Rankings will take place on the completion of the Continental Championships – Pan-American Games, the European Championships, Oceania Cup and Africa Championships in October. The final update of the year takes place following the Hockey World League Final, to be held in India (men) and Argentina (women), taking place in November and December.