Thanks to their title defence the Canadians increased their gap in points in the ranking, which takes into account the results in Olympics and Women’s World of the past four years, compared to second-placed USA.
Despite a record-low sixth-place finish at the Women’s Worlds, Finland remains in third position but the margin to fourth ranked Switzerland decreased. Russia stays in fifth place while bronze medallist Czechia improved from seventh to sixth place at the expense of Japan. Sweden stays eighth.
From the top-division countries Hungary made the biggest move from 11th to 9th while Germany and Denmark lost a place.
The 2022 IIHF Women’s World Ranking includes a record number of 44 member national associations that participate in the IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship program with the recent return of Estonia and the first-time participation of Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Israel with a women’s national team.
Groups for 2023The 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship will take place next spring in Canada. More information about the venues, dates and schedule will become known in the upcoming months.
The groups for the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship are based on the final ranking of the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship and will be as follows:
|Group A||Group B|
|Canada (1)||Finland (6)|
|USA (2)||Sweden (7)|
|Czechia (3)||Hungary (8)|
|Switzerland (4)||Germany (9)|
|Japan (5)||France (10)|
The tournament will be played with the same ten-team format in two tiered groups with the top-five seeded teams in Group A and the teams seeded below in Group B. The five Group A teams and the top-three Group B teams will advance to the quarter-finals. France, the winner of the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship Division I Group A, replaces the relegated team, Denmark.
2022 IIHF Women's World Ranking (as of 4 Sep. 2022)
|30||Hong Kong, China||1550||0|
|42||Bosnia & Herzegovina||525||0|