According to the most recent FIH World Standing, India is now ranked third, after Australia and Belgium, their highest ranking since the system was implemented in 2003. # Hockey: The quarterfinal lines have been announced: India will face Great Britain on August 1st. July 26th: The draw for the semi-finals has been made, with India's group including New Zealand, Canada and Germany.
India won the bronze medal match by three goals to one against Belgium. This is India's first ever appearance in the final match of a Hockey World Cup tournament.
India won the inaugural Hockey World Cup in 1930. They were defeated by England in the final match of that tournament.
Since then, India has never finished outside the top four of the world rankings.
However, they did not win any further matches after winning the first cup. The reason cited was lack of funding and infrastructure for the game in India. In 1951, Indian hockey got its break when it was invited to join the Olympic movement. Since then, India has always been among the top eight nations in the Olympics. However, they could never go beyond the eighth position because they could never replicate their success at the international level.
In 2003, India introduced a new system called "Sportsworld Cup" to replace the previous system of drawing lots.
Currently available ranks
The FIH World Rating is a field hockey ranking system for men's and women's national teams. The International Hockey Federation (FIH), field hockey's international governing organization, ranks the teams of its member nations based on their game results.
The top ten nations that generate the best hockey players are shown below. Latvia starts the list since they were one of the few countries left over from the rest of the list with at least 10 players scoring a point.
FIH Men's Hockey World Cup
|Most recent season or competition: 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup|
|Hockey World Cup Trophy|
|Most recent champion(s)||Belgium (2018)|
|Most titles||Pakistan (4 titles)|
|4||1||United States of America|
ICC CRICKET RANKINGS
New South Wales had the most hockey teams (18), Victoria had 17, Queensland had 15, and South Australia had four. Australia joined the International Hockey Federation the same year (FIH).
The Australian national team has been successful at international level, with its first gold medal coming at the 2014 Asian Games in Yongdae, South Korea. The team went on to win a second gold medal two years later at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Field hockey is widely played in Australia. The country's top league is called the National Hockey League (NHL). There are currently six teams that play in this league, which began in 1958. The NHL season runs from September to April.
There are also several other senior men's leagues across Australia. These include the New South Wales Hockey League, the Victorian Hockey League, the Queensland State Hockey League, and the South Australian Hockey League. The youngest of these is the NSWISHL, which started in 1985. Its current name was adopted in 2001 when it became clear that it was separate from another league called the New South Wales Rugby League Hockey Union League (now known as the NRL Women's League).
In addition, there are several women's leagues in Australia.