The latest round of Hockey World League Semi-Final results from London (men), Brussels (women) and Johannesburg (men and women) has led to some movement up and down the FIH Hero World Rankings, with USA women the major movers.
Women’s world rankings
Currently, Netherlands women remain in the number one spot, England’s women (representing Great Britain as well) stay in second place and Argentina women in third. Argentina hold onto top spot in the men’s rankings – still 20 points clear of their nearest rivals Australia, while Germany sit at number three.
The Dutch female hockey team is number one on the world rankings.
The Dutch love hockey, but it's mostly upper class or wanna B upper class.
— T.J. (@ohplzlol) July 1, 2017
USA meanwhile has moved to fourth after a storming victory in the Johannesburg Hockey World League Semi-Final.
After winning gold at #HWL2017, US women's field hockey team moves up to 4th in latest FIH world rankings. Highest ever ranking for Team USA
— Diana Pugliese (@dianapugs) July 26, 2017
USA leap-frogged Australia (WR:5) and New Zealand (WR:6) and with just 23 ranking points separating the three teams both the Oceania continental qualifier and the Pan-American Cup become significant events in terms of ranking points.
Italy women’s sixth place finish in Brussels means the European nation has moved ahead of Ireland, who finished seventh in Johannesburg. The updated rankings puts Italy at 15th, with Ireland 10 points and one ranking place below them at 16th.
Men’s world rankings
In the men’s world rankings, there has been much jostling for position around the 9th to 16th place.
Spain has moved to ninth, ahead of Ireland. Both teams qualified for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 thanks to good performances in Johannesburg. Spain however finished the Hockey World League Semi-Final one place ahead of Ireland in the final positions, fourth and fifth respectively.
Malaysia men have also made a positive move up the rankings. The Asian team – which finished a credible fourth in London, ahead of four higher-ranked nations – has leapfrogged two of its continental rivals, Pakistan and Korea, to move into 12th place. Korea drop from 12th to 13th, while Pakistan has been edged to 14th.
Once the top ranked team in the World, Pakistan slips down to 14th place in latest FIH rankings. #Hockey
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) July 26, 2017
There has also been movement further down the men’s ranking table as France and Japan swapped places, with France moving to 16th and Japan dropping to 17th.