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 current days. Asserting some novelties following the assembly of their govt board final week.
In at the moment’s podcast & column right here we are going to solely be addressing two of those. So the primary ever world cup to be held in two totally different international locations won’t be on at the moment’s agenda. Nor the controversial selection for Bhubaneswar for the lads’s world cup, that means 3 out the latest 4 world cups can be hosted by India.
The selection to begin a world cup for Hockey5s by 2023, a probably deadly selection for our 11v11 recreation of hockey, will even have to attend for an additional 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…
Nonetheless at the moment we are going to restrict ourselves to much less controversial although essential modifications: first we are going to focus on the brand new system for our international rating to be launched in January of 2020. Secondly we are going to speak in regards to the highway to Bhubaneswar and future world cups. Wether these will all be hosted in India is for another time.
Who higher to speak us via 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 concept 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 likely be match-based. Since most nations solely bought to take part in FIH tournaments when certified, some solely bought to play for factors a few 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 sort of progress to be thought-about for help. If you happen to hardly get to play for world rating factors that turns into a troublesome process. So this was one of many extra essential causes to rethink the worldwide rating. But it surely’s not the one purpose.
Within the earlier rating most everyone will agree there was an excessive amount of subjectivity, particularly within the relative significance given to totally 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 is going to now deal with the relative power of the 2 groups taking part in a recreation as an alternative of making an attempt to determine and evaluate the power of whole continents.
Moreover this, the brand new rating will likely be extra easy and dynamic… making it simpler to create some further buzz about particular person worldwide video games of any stage. As a result of the speedy impression of a win or loss will likely be straightforward for all to see.
How & when
The brand new rating system will take impact from 2020-01-01 onwards. Nonetheless FIH has chosen to make the change extra steadily. In order to not throw everyone off steadiness from the get go… Regardless that the place of the FIH is excessive efficiency administrators of the nations mustn’t deal with this international rating, however moderately on performing nicely at key moments such because the Olympics and the World Cup. It’s clear a right away 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 based mostly upon the previous system. That’s the reason the factors for every nation within the international rating on January 1st will likely be precisely the identical as at the moment. 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 right away upset of the world order, however need to admit this slower implementation is the truthful method of doing it.
So let’s dive in… what’s going to it seem like?
When the brand new rating is launched the FIH can have a full and detailed clarification of the algorithms used plus a FAQ (incessantly requested questions) based mostly 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 is going to change into…
First precept is the usual quantity of factors for a win is 10, which implies the loser of that recreation will even lose 10 factors. Regardless of the calculations that can observe, the quantity of factors gained by the winner will at all times be precisely the identical quantity of factors misplaced by the loser of that match.
Two elements will impact the usual quantity of 10 factors gained or misplaced:
- the distinction in rating factors earlier than the match is performed
- 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 might max be doubled (issue 2) or minimal lowered to zero (issue 0). Which means the quantity of factors gained or misplaced might most be 20 and minimal 0 relying upon the distinction in rating factors. As a result of if workforce A (ranked for instance within the prime 5) performs workforce B (ranked for instance between 8 and 12), it could be a much bigger accomplishment for workforce B to win the match. That’s why based mostly upon the distinction in rating factors workforce B for instance would win 15 factors as an alternative of 10 (and workforce A would lose 15 factors) if workforce B beats workforce A. Nonetheless if workforce A would win it could be much less of a shock. That’s why workforce A in case of a win would for instance solely win 5 factors as an alternative of 10, that means workforce B would solely lose 5 as nicely.
The above situation can be true in case of an unusual official (apply) match. However a second multiplier can be utilized based mostly 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 might 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 in opposition to a lot larger ranked nation might probably lead to 200 factors.
The primary purpose for including extra weight to video games in invitational tournaments (4 or extra international locations concerned) in comparison with common one-on-one check collection 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 essentially the most factors will be gained (or misplaced).
What about our quick format of the sport?
For these in love with the quick 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 nonetheless will observe within the footsteps of outside hockey as quickly as potential is anticipated. By the way in which… isn’t it time to cease calling our quick format of the sport indoor hockey? Sure there are international locations the place it’s performed open air as nicely 😉
Let’s name it Hockey6 or SuperSixes or no matter cool title FIH advertising and marketing might give you and ensure the foundations are versatile sufficient to have this recreation performed indoor or out of doors and on any easy floor. As a result of that is the one and solely quick format of hockey that’s supported, has a legacy and a loyal fanbase all over the world… for those who catch my drift 😉
New qualifying pathways to the World Cup and Olympics
Again to out of doors hockey… FIH additionally introduced a brand new pathway to qualify for the following World Cup in Bhubaneswar. No, clearly FIH by no means stated 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 will probably be Odisha and Bhubaneswar as soon as once more.
IOC nonetheless needs two totally 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) continues to be the primary technique to qualify. So , the host nation takes the primary obtainable spot. Keep in mind: 12 collaborating international locations for the Olympic Video games and 16 for the World Cup.
Subsequent up, the winners of the continental championship qualify instantly as nicely. That will be the primary path to qualification. The second path to qualification comes via FIH Qualifiers who will decide which international locations will take the remaining spots for the primary occasion. This arrange will stay the identical…. with some small modifications for the FIH Qualifiers.
That’s the place it will get a bit of 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 the same technique 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 as regards to the timing of those Qualifiers. The time between deciding who was taking part in the Qualifiers and the precise video games was too quick for Tokyo. Meaning for the hosts of those video games there was not sufficient time to actually do some highly effective advertising and marketing for these extremely essential video games in keeping 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 utterly ignores the essential 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 via Could/June are the important thing months of those home leagues, in addition to the EHL. One can solely say… unimaginable! And I’d even add…. incompetent!
The second change is of much less significance, although I don’t agree once more. The FIH qualifiers will change into residence & away video games, as an alternative of two residence video games for the upper ranked nation. FIH thinks this can make it fairer, my ideas are the upper ranked nation has earned the benefit of taking part in at residence twice. It’s the challengers who have to make the additional effort to alter the order. Added bonus, in keeping with FIH, can be a decrease ranked nation that can have the chance to host a house recreation for his or her followers in opposition to one of many prime 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 unhealthy for the ecological footprint of our sport, however it is going to add prices for each nations who now each need to put money into journey & lodging for the away recreation in addition to the numerous prices of internet hosting a prime occasion at residence. Each can have the revenues of internet hosting a prime occasion at residence as nicely, however for lots of nations these won’t cowl the associated fee I concern…
A 3rd change will make issues potential much more difficult. Possibly extra balanced as nicely, so it could possibly be definitely worth the headache of explaining it although. The third change is in the way in which international locations will likely be chosen to play these FIH Qualifiers. As a result of right here the FIH will decide the variety of international locations per continent allowed to play the Qualifiers based mostly upon the worldwide rating. that means it might very nicely be a better ranked nation wouldn’t be allowed to play the FIH qualifiers if his continental quota has been crammed and as an alternative their spot would go to a decrease ranked nation from one other continent. Nonetheless the FIH feels this can add pleasure to the continental championships as a result of, getting into these, every nation will know what is anticipated of them to both qualify immediately (win) or get picked up for the FIH qualifiers… Ah nicely, 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 12 months. And we bought some unhealthy information with poorly deliberate and costlier FIH Qualifiers. However what stings essentially the most is the entire disregard of the FIH for the extraordinarily essential home membership competitors. I’m repeating myself, however it’s price repeating till heard… These home membership leagues are the muse of our recreation. If we don’t respect the home leagues our recreation of hockey will rush in the direction of the tip of hockey as we all know it…