New Women’s World Ranking
by|28 AUG 2023
2023 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship - Brampton, Ontario Game #28 - Canada vs Switzerland Semifinal Round action at the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship at CAA Centre on April 15, 2023 in Brampton, Ontario.
photo: © International Ice Hockey Federation / Andrea Cardin
Today the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship program concluded with the end of the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division I Group A in Shenzhen, China. And with that the final 2023 IIHF Women’s World Ranking has been released.

IIHF World Rankings

Canada lost this year’s Women’s Worlds final to the United States but still managed to defend first place in the IIHF Women’s World Ranking thanks to its gold medal wins in the previous two edition and the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Canada now leads the ranking both on the men’s and women’s side for the first time since 2015.
The World Ranking is a four-year ranking that includes points from four Women’s World Championships and the 2022 Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament. Calculated separately for the men’s and women’s national teams, it is the basis to determine the seedings of the top-level IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in the men’s and women’s senior categories, the Olympic ice hockey tournaments and qualification.
Canada’s margin is tight with 30 points more than the United States, which will host the 2024 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Utica attempting to defend its title and take first spot in the ranking. The U.S. led the IIHF Women’s World Ranking most recently between 2016 and 2021.
Switzerland moves up to third place at the expense of Finland, which had been the top European women’s ice hockey nation in the ranking between 2015 and 2022. Switzerland last time was third in 2014. Czechia comes in fifth place swapping positions with Russia. It’s the highest position ever for the Czechs, who became historic back-to-back bronze medal winners last spring.
Japan and Sweden kept seventh and eighth place respectively while Germany took ninth place from Hungary, which concludes the top-10.
Denmark, which qualified for the next top-level Women’s World Championship thanks to its second-place finish in Shenzhen, remains in 11th spot ahead of France. Austria improved one place to 12th while Division I Group A winner China moved up two spots to 13th, the highest position since 2012.
The 2023 IIHF Women’s World Ranking includes 45 women’s national teams that have competed during the past four years – a record number that is set to increase with the first-time participation of Singapore and Thailand in next year’s program.