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 or she represents. 


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

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

- Prove that she has participated on a consistent basis for at least one hockey season and have been member of the new national association for at least 12 consecutive months during that period during which she 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 her new country and which was approved and dated at least one year before the start of the IIHF competition in which she wishes to participate.

 

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:

- She is a citizen of the new country of her choice.

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

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

World Ranking

 

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 and which teams are automatically qualified for Olympic Winter Games.

 

The 2016 IIHF Women's World Ranking will determine the seeding of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018. The top-5 ranked teams of the final 2016 IIHF Women's World Ranking (determined after the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship) as well as host Korea will be automatically qualified for the 2018 Olympic women's ice hockey tournament. The two remaining spots will be determined in the Olympic Qualification played between August 2016 and February 2017. The teams ranked 6-7 will have the right to host the two Final Olympic Qualification groups.

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

2015 IIHF Women's World Ranking

1   Canada 3840
2   USA 3830
3   Finland 3535
4   Switzerland 3520
5   Sweden 3485
6   Russia 3480
7   Germany 3315
8   Japan 3230
9   Czech Republic 3140
10   Denmark 2975
11   Norway 2950
12   Austria 2905
13   Slovakia 2855
14   France 2830
15   Latvia 2695
16   China 2685
17   Netherlands 2575
18   Kazakhstan 2515
19   Hungary 2455
20   Italy 2435
21   Great Britain 2375
22   Poland 2150
23   Korea 2110
24   Slovenia 2015
25   Croatia 1990
26   Spain 1910
27   DPR Korea 1890
28   New Zealand 1595
29   Australia 1495
30   Iceland 1350
31   Belgium 1280
32   South Africa 1160
33   Turkey 1095
34   Bulgaria 980
35   Mexico 940
36   Hong Kong 775
37   Ireland 220