Rise in world ranking is a good indicator that we are on the right track, says women’s head coach Jeanneke Schopman

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The Indian women’s hockey team has moved up one place to the sixth position in the FIH rankings, the best team ever in the ranking’s history.

The team, which had jumped two places in early May following their stellar performance against top-ranked Netherlands at the Kalinga Stadium, moved up to sixth place as Spain lost both their FIH Hockey Pro League 2021/22 matches to Argentina. After one place fell. , They have also lost one match each to Belgium and England this month.

With 2029.396 points, the Indian women’s hockey team is now ranked sixth behind Netherlands (3049.495), Argentina (2674.837), Australia (2440.750), England (2204.590) and Germany (2201.085). Spain is ranked seventh with a rating of 2016.149.

The Indian women’s hockey team is currently ranked third in the FIH Hockey Pro League 2021/22 table with 22 points from 8 matches. India Belgium will face Belgium in a double-header at the Away Games on June 11 and 12.

Speaking on the achievement, Indian women’s hockey team head coach Janneke Schopman said, “As a team, we aim to improve and grow in women’s hockey and be a consistent contender. FIH. Increase World The rankings are a good indicator that we are on the right track.”

“Also with the FIH Women’s Hockey Pro League and FIH Women’s World Cup, things can change quickly and so we have to focus on our performance,” Hockey India quoted Schopman as saying in a release on Tuesday. ,

Indian women’s team captain Savita also expressed happiness over the achievement. “It is the result of all the hard work put in by our team over the past few months. We have worked together as a team against strong competition and achieved great results, and we are proud that we are a unit. I am growing and learning together.”

Savita said, “We hope to continue our growth as we prepare for tough challenges in the away games against Belgium and the Netherlands. We are confident that we will be able to achieve good results as well and continue to improve.” “

However, there was some setback for Indian hockey as the men’s team slipped to the fourth spot this month, overtaking the Netherlands on the back of some decent performances.

The Netherlands (2465.707) secured the third position as they swapped places with India (2366.990). Germany (2308.156) continued to hold on to fifth place but England (2171.354) moved up to sixth place ahead of Argentina (2147.179), thanks to their recent victories against France and South Africa in the Pro League.

Australia retained the top spot in the men’s rankings with 2842.258 points, trailing world and Olympic champions Belgium with 2764.735 points.

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