The International Korfball Federation (IKF) has released its latest world rankings on the back of last month’s Under-23 World Championships in Olomouc in the Czech Republic.
A number of countries qualified but did not take part in the event, including Belgium, Australia, Portugal and Catalonia.
With their points earned from the previous edition no longer counting and no points earned on this occasion, there are some significant changes in the rankings, the most notable being Belgium dropping from second to fourth.
China, Czech Republic and Germany have risen to fifth, sixth and seventh respectively, while Catalonia, Portugal and Australia have fallen to eighth, ninth and 13th respectively.
World champions The Netherlands remain top of the rankings with Chinese Taipei moving up to second from third and England rising from fourth to third.
The rankings are next due to be updated in November following the IKF European Korfball Championship and IKF Asia Korfball Championship.
The IKF rankings at the end of this year will be used to make the draw for the 2017 World Games, which are scheduled to take place from July 20 to 30.
With Belgium dropping from second place, they could now be drawn into the same pool as The Netherlands.
In none of the past events has such a draw been possible.
Ranking points are mainly earned through participation in IKF events with a weighting for each event given according to the importance.
Countries who take part in qualification for final rounds also get points for events.
With some continental championships changing from four-yearly to biennial cycles, weighting reductions are due to be revised in November to reflect this.
In April of this year, the IKF appointed Tilbert La Haye as its first chief executive with the Dutchman targeting Olympic inclusion.
La Haye began leading the IKF's operations on June 1.
To see the updated IKF world rankings, click here.