International Hockey Federation Rankings: Indian Men 9th After World Cup Debacle
Australian men and Netherlands women retained their No. 1 spot in the latest International Hockey Federation rankings.
In the latest FIH (International Hockey Federation) men's and women's world rankings following the conclusion of the World Cup, the winners of both the men's and women's championships -- Australia and the Netherlands -- have maintained their positions at the top of the rankings.
According to a media release on Wednesday, Indian men have dropped one place to ninth position. India finished a lowly 9th in the World Cup after beating South Korea 3-0 at the Kyocera Stadium, The Hague, on June 14. Indian women remained static at 13th.
Argentina men, who claimed third place in the World Cup after beating England 2-0, climbed four places from 11th to seventh while both Germany (3rd) and England (5th) fell one place.
The top two spots in the men's rankings are reserved for the finalists of the showpiece tournament, Australia and Netherlands. Australia's dominant 6-1 victory in the final keeps them in the top three of the men's rankings for the 11th consecutive year.
In the women's rankings, the Netherlands consolidated their place at the top of the world following their 2-0 win over Australia in the final on June 14. Meanwhile, the USA team climbed two slots to 8th having reached the semi-finals this year.
The latest world indoor rankings have also been released following the completion of last week's Asia Indoor Cup. The indoor rankings illustrate Germany's continued success in the sport with both the men's and women's teams topping their respective global lists.
European nations continue to dominate the indoor game contributing seven of the top 10 men's teams and eight of the top 10 women's teams.
The world indoor rankings will determine which teams play in which pools at the Indoor World Cup 2015, which will be hosted by Germany.