International Ice Hockey Federation

Information

Eligibility

 

To play in the IIHF World Championship, the Olympic ice hockey tournament and the qualifications to these competitions, players must fulfill the following qualification requirements:

 

- Each player must be under the jurisdiction of an IIHF member national association

- Each player must be a citizen of the country he represents. 


Acquiring a new national eligibility (The ‘two-year’ case)

When a player has changed his citizenship or has acquired another citizenship and wants to participate for the first time in an IIHF competition representing his new country he must:

- Prove that he has participated for at least two consecutive hockey seasons and 16 consecutive months (480 days) in the national competitions of his new country after his 10th birthday during which period he has neither transferred to another country nor played ice hockey within any other country.

- Have an international transfer card (ITC) that shows the transfer to the national competition of his new country and which was approved and dated at least 16 months (480 days) prior to his proposed participation.

 

Change of national eligibility (The ‘four-year’ case)

A player, who has previously participated in IIHF competition, can switch national eligibility (but only once in a player's life) if:

- He is a citizen of the new country of his choice.

- He has participated for at least four consecutive years (1460 days) in the national competitions of his new country, during which period he has neither transferred to another country nor played ice hockey within any other country and has not played for his previous country in an IIHF competition during this four year period.

- He has an international transfer card (ITC) that shows the transfer to the national competition of his new country and which was approved and dated at least four years before the start of the IIHF competition in which he wishes to participate.

World Ranking

 

The 2015 IIHF Men's World Ranking includes the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships played between 2012 and 2015 as well as the 2014 Olympics.

 

The IIHF World Ranking is a tool to reflect the long-term quality of the countries' national team programs, taking into consideration the results over four years. It is used to determine the seeding in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship as well as to determine the seeding and which teams are automatically qualified for Olympic Winter Games

Click here for more information on the IIHF World Ranking system.

2015 IIHF Men's World Ranking

      Points Movement
1   Canada 3690 +3
2   Russia 3675 +1
3   Sweden 3630 -2
4   Finland 3575 -2
5   USA 3540 +1
6   Czech Republic 3495 -1
7   Switzerland 3235 0
8   Slovakia 3160 0
9   Belarus 3075 +2
10   Latvia 3015 -1
11   Norway 2990 -1
12   France 2930 0
13   Germany 2920 0
14   Slovenia 2795 0
15   Denmark 2775 0
16   Austria 2745 0
17   Kazakhstan 2680 0
18   Italy 2565 0
19   Hungary 2415 0
20   Japan 2345 +1
21   Ukraine 2310 -1
22   Poland 2275 +2
23   Korea 2230 0
24   Great Britain 2225 -2
25   Netherlands 2065 0
26   Lithuania 2035 0
27   Croatia 1930 +1
28   Romania 1895 -1
29   Estonia 1870 0
30   Serbia 1645 +1
31   Spain 1645 -1
32   Mexico 1400 +1
33   Israel 1375 -1
34   Belgium 1280 +2
35   Iceland 1270 0
36   Australia 1230 -2
37   New Zealand 1045 0
38   China 1020 0
39   Bulgaria 890 0
40   South Africa 855 0
41   Turkey 815 0
42   DPR Korea 770 +1
43   Luxembourg 700 -1
44   United Arab Emirates 510 +1
45   Georgia 495 +2
46   Hong Kong 455 +2
47   Bosnia and Herzegovina 200 new
48   Ireland 195 -4
49   Greece 180 -3
50   Mongolia 155 -2

 
IIHF Men's World Ranking as of 17 May 2015.