Argentina signal their intent to make their mark on the world rankings.
Argentina signal their intent to make their mark on the world rankings.
(Photo: FIH / Grant Treeby)

Excitement is mounting as eight of the finest teams in the world prepare for Monday's final pool matches in the men’s Hero Hockey World League Final in New Delhi. The event, which marks the end of a sparkling inaugural edition of the Hockey World League, has already thrown up some surprise results in the first two days of competition and there are still many more exciting matches to come between now and next Saturday's final. The teams are not only doing battle for the chance to lift the trophy, but also the opportunity to claim crucial ranking points ahead of this summer’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague. 

While strong performances in the quest to become the first ever men’s Hockey World League winners is very much the top priority for the teams participating in the event, there is also the very real opportunity for competing nations to improve their respective positions in the FIH World Rankings. With the pools for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup being based on the FIH World Rankings, the importance of this should not be under-estimated. Movement up or down the FIH World Rankings is likely to play a part in determining whether a team will compete in Pool A or Pool B in the Netherlands this summer.  

Olympic champions Germany currently sit top of the FIH World Rankings with 2140 points, ahead of Australia who have 2083 points. As things currently stand, Germany would play in Pool A as the highest ranked team in the tournament, with Australia featuring in Pool B. However, with 400 ranking points up for grabs to the winning team, there is certainly potential for Australia to move into pole position going into the Rabobank Hockey World Cup. 

An Australia win and a third place (325 points) or worse finish for Germany would be enough to see the Kookaburras move ahead of the Olympic champions to become the top ranked side in world hockey, giving them huge confidence in their attempt to defend the title they claimed in 2010. More significantly, it would mean that the Aussies will play in World Cup Pool A, where they will face the 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th and 12th highest ranked teams in the event. Germany would then do battle in Pool B, competing against the 3rd, 6th, 7th, 10th and 11th highest ranked teams. 

There is plenty of potential for movement further down the table, with England and Belgium also being relatively close in terms of ranking points. New Zealand, India and Argentina all have the potential to move up a notch, depending on how well they perform in New Delhi. Based on their 100 per cent success rate so far in the tournament, Argentina have underlined their ambitions to move up the rankings at an early stage. The current FIH World Rankings (top 13) and the points available at the Hero Hockey World League Final can be found below. 

Official confirmation of the changes in the men's FIH World Rankings and the pools for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup will be made after the completion of the HWL Final event. Any changes to the FIH World Rankings will take into account the points earned by each nation at the Hero Hockey World League Final as well as any other unallocated points. 

A full match schedule for the stunning showpiece in The Hague being announced in the very near future.

 

Current FIH World Rankings – Top 13

Rk.

Country - Men's

CF

Pts.

1

Germany

EUR

2140

2

Australia

OCE

2083

3

Netherlands

EUR 

1920

4

England

EUR 

1725

Belgium

EUR 

1678

Korea

ASI

1645

7

New Zealand

OCE

1583

Spain *

EUR

1490

9

Pakistan *

ASI

1490

10 

India

ASI

1435

11 

Argentina

PAN

1419

12

South Africa

AFR

1171

13

Malaysia

ASI

1069

 

Current FIH World Rankings – Top 13
Rk.
Country - Men's
CF
Pts.
1
Germany
EUR
2140
2
Australia
OCE
2083
3
Netherlands
EUR 
1920
4
England
EUR 
1725
Belgium
EUR 
1678
Korea
ASI
1645
7
New Zealand
OCE
1583
Spain *
EUR
1490
9
Pakistan *
ASI
1490
10 
India
ASI
1435
11 
Argentina
PAN
1419
12
South Africa
AFR
1171
13
Malaysia
ASI
1069
 

   

 * Despite having the same number of points, Spain are ranked higher than Pakistan due a higher finishing position in the most recent FIH event.

* Despite having the same number of points, Spain are ranked higher than Pakistan due a higher finishing position in the most recent FIH event.


Points available at Hero Hockey World League Final listed by final ranking

1: 400           
2: 350
3: 325                                
4: 300
5: 280                                
6: 260
7: 240
8: 220


Rabobank Hockey World Cup – Pools information

There will be two pools, each comprising half of the number of the participating teams. The two pools will be composed as followed based on the FIH World Ranking as at the date when the match schedule is agreed.

Pool A: 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12

Pool B: 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11


About the Hockey World League

The Hockey World League is an action packed competition giving every hockey-playing nation a chance to go all the way to the Hockey World Cup and the Olympics.

Composed of four rounds and played over two years, the schedule alternately coincides with the build-up to the World Cup and to the Olympics, providing more than half of the entry tickets for both. Beyond a mere qualifier, the Hockey World League shines a spotlight on the sport in all corners of the globe, producing exciting and elite level hockey while also providing a strong commercial opportunity for the sport.

Typified by its “Make Your Mark” slogan, the Hockey World League invites every hockey playing nation to take part. It allows even the smallest ones to dream of writing their own chapter in hockey’s history books. It builds heroes as fresh talent bursts onto the scene. Established nations feel the heat as rising superpowers threaten to install a new world order.