The World Cup Champions Trophy was introduced at the first World Cup in 1988 and was based on a criteria of the winner being the country who won most divisions at the event. Provisions were made for countries winning equal divisions and a points system allowing for a separation of these countries.
The points were based on 5 for winning the division, 4 for being runner up, 3 for a losing semi-finalist and 1 for competing. This system was utilised from 1988 up to and including the 1999 World Cup.
From 2003 to date, a new points system replaces the previous one, however the criteria of winning most divisions is paramount in determining the World Champions. Points are now based on the number of teams in each division with the team coming last receiving one point and the second last team two points and so on. The fourth team receives two points more then the fifth while the third team receives one point more than the fourth. The runner up receives two points more then the third placed team while the winner gets two points more then the runner up.
In 2011 the system changed to the winner getting the number of points that represented the number of teams in that division and so on.
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