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Jon Wyatt about qualifying pathways & a brand new international rating

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Jon Wyatt about qualifying pathways & a brand new international rating


So it’s the center of November. In Lausanne, Switzerland the place the FIH relies first snow has arrived. However that didn’t cease FIH from launching a few press releases in latest days. Saying some novelties following the assembly of their govt board final week.

In immediately’s podcast & column right here we’ll solely be addressing two of those. So the primary ever world cup to be held in two completely different nations won’t be on immediately’s agenda. Nor the controversial selection for Bhubaneswar for the boys’s world cup, which means 3 out the newest 4 world cups can be hosted by India.
The selection to begin a world cup for Hockey5s by 2023, a presumably deadly selection for our 11v11 recreation of hockey, can even have to attend for one more time. As will the launch of the FIH Intercontinental Cup, mainly the 2nd division for the FIH Professional League. We’ll focus on these decisions in separate podcasts & columns within the close to future…

Nevertheless immediately we’ll restrict ourselves to much less controversial although vital modifications: first we’ll focus on the brand new system for our international rating to be launched in January of 2020. Secondly we’ll speak in regards to the highway to Bhubaneswar and future world cups. Wether these will all be hosted in India is for another time.

FIH global ranking Jon WyattWho higher to speak us by way of the brand new international rating and the brand new pathway to qualify for a world cup then Jon Wyatt, sports activities & improvement director for the FIH… We spoke with him earlier than when the thought of a brand new international rating was first introduced in March (hear right here), however now we’re near the launch.

Why we’d like a brand new international rating

As Wyatt explains the present international rating relies upon tournaments, the place the brand new rating will probably be match-based. Since most nations solely bought to take part in FIH tournaments when certified, some solely bought to play for factors a couple of times each 4 years. As a result of just some 20% of all official matches performed within the worldwide scene have been being performed in rating tournaments. So 80% of the video games being performed didn’t have any contribution to the world rating.

That may be a drawback. As a result of most nations must present to their authorities or the sports activities funding our bodies of their nation some form of progress to be thought of for help. For those who infrequently get to play for world rating factors that turns into a tough activity. So this was one of many extra vital causes to rethink the worldwide rating. Nevertheless it’s not the one motive.

Within the earlier rating most all people will agree there was an excessive amount of subjectivity, particularly within the relative significance given to completely different continental championships. This led to a flawed rating. A match-based system will to a sure extent eradicate this subjectivity. As a result of it should now concentrate on the relative power of the 2 groups enjoying a recreation as a substitute of attempting to determine and examine the power of whole continents.

In addition to this, the brand new rating will probably be extra easy and dynamic… making it simpler to create some additional buzz about particular person worldwide video games of any stage. As a result of the instant influence of a win or loss will probably be simple for all to see.

How & when

The brand new rating system will take impact from 2020-01-01 onwards. Nevertheless FIH has chosen to make the change extra progressively. In order to not throw all people off steadiness from the get go… Though the place of the FIH is excessive efficiency administrators of the nations mustn’t concentrate on this international rating, however somewhat on performing properly at key moments such because the Olympics and the World Cup. It’s clear a direct change of the rating, recalculating the outcomes of the final 4 years for instance, wouldn’t be truthful on those that made their decisions in these days primarily based upon the previous system. That’s the reason the factors for every nation within the international rating on January 1st will probably be precisely the identical as immediately. However for each recreation performed from that day on the brand new calculation per match will take impact. Therefore for the brand new system to take full impact it would take a while. It is going to take 4 years for the factors from the previous system to be washed out. I’d have beloved to see a direct upset of the world order, however must admit this slower implementation is the truthful method of doing it.

So let’s dive in… what’s going to it seem like?

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When the brand new rating is launched the FIH can have a full and detailed rationalization of the algorithms used plus a FAQ (often requested questions) primarily based upon all remarks the FIH bought from worldwide coaches and efficiency administrators when requested for his or her enter. However let’s check out what it should turn out to be…

First precept is the usual quantity of factors for a win is 10, which implies the loser of that recreation can even lose 10 factors. Regardless of the calculations that can comply with, the quantity of factors received by the winner will at all times be precisely the identical quantity of factors misplaced by the loser of that match.

Two elements will affect the usual quantity of 10 factors received or misplaced:

  1. the distinction in rating factors earlier than the match is performed
  2. the significance of the match

The distinction of rating factors between each groups in a match is used to calculate the primary multiplier. Based mostly upon this the usual quantity of 10 factors may max be doubled (issue 2) or minimal lowered to zero (issue 0). Which means the quantity of factors received or misplaced may most be 20 and minimal 0 relying upon the distinction in rating factors. As a result of if staff A (ranked for instance within the high 5) performs staff B (ranked for instance between 8 and 12), it might be a much bigger accomplishment for staff B to win the match. That’s why primarily based upon the distinction in rating factors staff B for instance would win 15 factors as a substitute of 10 (and staff A would lose 15 factors) if staff B beats staff A. Nevertheless if staff A would win it might be much less of a shock. That’s why staff A in case of a win would for instance solely win 5 factors as a substitute of 10, which means staff B would solely lose 5 as properly.

The above situation can be true in case of an odd official (apply) match. However a second multiplier can be utilized primarily based upon the significance of a match. So the minimal multiplier can be 1 for normal official matches. However for matches with extra significance the quantity of factors at stake may rise drastically:

  • x2 for official invitational tournaments with 4 nations or extra
  • x3 for official qualifiers to continental championships
  • x5 for the FIH Professional League in addition to the brand new FIH Intercontinental Cup (or the 2nd division to the Professional League)
  • x6 for the continental championships in addition to the FIH Qualifiers (for each World Cup or Olympics)
  • x10 for each the World Cup and the Olympic Video games

So a win on the Video games or WC towards a lot larger ranked nation may presumably lead to 200 factors.
The principle motive for including extra weight to video games in invitational tournaments (4 or extra nations concerned) in comparison with common one-on-one take a look at sequence is as a result of FIH needs to advertise/encourage tournaments. And as anticipated the Video games and World Cup can be the occasions the place probably the most factors will be received (or misplaced).

What about our brief format of the sport?

For these in love with the brief format of our recreation, indoor hockey, the rating will stay as is and solely be modified after the following World Cup in order to not upset a qualification path to the World Cup half method. Indoor hockey nevertheless will comply with within the footsteps of outside hockey as quickly as doable is anticipated. By the best way… isn’t it time to cease calling our brief format of the sport indoor hockey? Sure there are nations the place it’s performed outside as properly 😉
Let’s name it Hockey6 or SuperSixes or no matter cool identify FIH advertising may give you and ensure the foundations are versatile sufficient to have this recreation performed indoor or outside and on any easy floor. As a result of that is the one and solely brief format of hockey that’s supported, has a legacy and a loyal fanbase all over the world… in case you catch my drift 😉

New qualifying pathways to the World Cup and Olympics

Again to outside hockey… FIH additionally introduced a brand new pathway to qualify for the following World Cup in Bhubaneswar. No, clearly FIH by no means mentioned something about Bhubaneswar being the chosen venue as soon as once more. However since cash was the deciding issue to find out the hosts for the World Cups everyone knows it is going to be Odisha and Bhubaneswar as soon as once more.

IOC nonetheless needs two completely different pathways inside attain of each (!) nation to qualify for the Video games. Internet hosting the Video games (or World Cup because it follows the identical path) remains to be the primary solution to qualify. So , the host nation takes the primary out there spot. Bear in mind: 12 collaborating nations for the Olympic Video games and 16 for the World Cup.
Subsequent up, the winners of the continental championship qualify instantly as properly. That may be the primary path to qualification. The second path to qualification comes by way of FIH Qualifiers who will decide which nations will take the remaining spots for the principle occasion. This arrange will stay the identical…. with some small modifications for the FIH Qualifiers.

That’s the place it will get a little bit bit extra difficult… For Tokyo 2020 the FIH Qualifiers have been performed in a better of two format at residence for the best ranked nation. The place in a semi guided draw, the best ranked nations – not but certified – can be matched up with the bottom ranked nations. And sub-top nations can be drawn in an identical solution to decrease ranked nations. Winner takes all the place the winner of those two video games at residence for the best ranked nation can be decided by the aggregated rating of each video games.

So what’s going to change for the FIH World Cup in 2023?

First change is on the subject of the timing of those Qualifiers. The time between deciding who was enjoying the Qualifiers and the precise video games was too brief for Tokyo. Which means for the hosts of those video games there was not sufficient time to essentially do some highly effective advertising for these extremely vital video games in accordance with FIH. So, for the following World Cup the FIH Qualifiers will all be performed in March 2022!

Yep, that’s proper… in March! As soon as once more the FIH fully ignores the vital home leagues. In our conventional European home leagues competitors restarts in March yearly, after a brief winter break… due to local weather, worldwide hockey and indoor hockey. March by way of Might/June are the important thing months of those home leagues, in addition to the EHL. One can solely say… unbelievable! And I would even add…. incompetent!

The second change is of much less significance, although I don’t agree once more. The FIH qualifiers will turn out to be residence & away video games, as a substitute of two residence video games for the upper ranked nation. FIH thinks this may make it fairer, my ideas are the upper ranked nation has earned the benefit of enjoying at residence twice. It’s the challengers who must make the additional effort to vary the order. Added bonus, in accordance with FIH, can be a decrease ranked nation that can have the chance to host a house recreation for his or her followers towards one of many high nations. This, I agree, is an actual bonus. The primary recreation can be performed at residence for the decrease ranked nation. The second and deciding recreation can be performed at residence for the upper ranked nation.
Not solely is that this dangerous for the ecological footprint of our sport, however it should add prices for each nations who now each must spend money on journey & lodging for the away recreation in addition to the numerous prices of internet hosting a high occasion at residence. Each can have the revenues of internet hosting a high occasion at residence as properly, however for lots of nations these may not cowl the fee I concern…

A 3rd change will make issues doable much more difficult. Possibly extra balanced as properly, so it may very well be well worth the headache of explaining it although. The third change is in the best way nations will probably be chosen to play these FIH Qualifiers. As a result of right here the FIH will decide the variety of nations per continent allowed to play the Qualifiers primarily based upon the worldwide rating. which means it may very properly be the next ranked nation wouldn’t be allowed to play the FIH qualifiers if his continental quota has been stuffed and as a substitute their spot would go to a decrease ranked nation from one other continent. Nevertheless the FIH feels this may add pleasure to the continental championships as a result of, coming into these, every nation will know what is anticipated of them to both qualify instantly (win) or get picked up for the FIH qualifiers… Ah properly, we would have to attend for the written guidelines regarding this to truly decide what’s what.


So to sum up… we bought some excellent news with a brand new and improved international rating as of subsequent yr. And we bought some dangerous information with poorly deliberate and costlier FIH Qualifiers. However what stings probably the most is the whole disregard of the FIH for the extraordinarily vital home membership competitors. I’m repeating myself, nevertheless it’s price repeating till heard… These home membership leagues are the inspiration of our recreation. If we don’t respect the home leagues our recreation of hockey will rush in the direction of the top of hockey as we all know it…

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