India’s Men’s Hockey Team Achieve Their All-Time Highest Ranking

India’s spectacular performance in the FIH Hockey Pro League has helped them move from fifth to the fourth position, the team’s highest since the inception of the FIH world rankings. India’s rise comes after the Olympic champions Argentina dropped to the fifth place.

Belgium who defeated Australia in Sydney to wrestle top spot from their opponents remain in pole position, with the Kookaburras (2nd) and the Netherlands (3rd) securing their positions in the top three. Germany and England have occupied the sixth and seventh position, while New Zealand, who have earned two wins in their last three FIH Hockey Pro League matches, is at the eighth place after briefly dropping Spain to the ninth position. In the women’s list, Netherlands is at the top followed by Australia, Argentina, Germany, England; India has occupied the ninth spot.

The new model for calculating the FIH world rankings was introduced on January 1, 2020, moving away from the previous tournament-based rankings system to a dynamic, match-based model where opposing teams exchange points in official, FIH sanctioned games. The number of points exchanged depends on the result of the match, the relative ranking of the teams and the significance of the match.

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