Contributed by: Cam Homes
With the 2014 AFL International Cup complete here are the Men's World Footy Rankings, the unofficial world rankings according to worldfootynews.com
Rises/falls have been calculated compared with our last complete release, for 26th April 2014 after Denmark defeated Sweden (there were no more matches that qualified by our criteria prior to IC14).
Canada and Japan are the big risers. Canada has climbed 6 places, winning four of their five IC14 matches, where fortunately for them the rating gap of each opponent was less than +/- 2.95 and as in three of these matches Canada achieved +40 point wins the rate exchange was the maximum of + 3.00 in each case. Their only loss was to their perennial nemesis USA where they lost only 1.04 rating points. The Northwind gained a total 10.91 rating points over the course of the tournament. No doubt the Revolution will be keen for another 49th Parallel Cup battle to climb back above their Northern foe.
Japan won three from five, two of these winning matches reaped maximum +/-3.00 rate exchanges whilst they dropped only 0.46 rating points in the loss to Tonga seeing the Samurai climb from 19th to 16th place. Japan added a total of 6.78 rating points during the Cup. Japan had previously played a lot of teams well up the ladder and their rating points had suffered as a result, so their rise can be seen as something of a correction.
The biggest faller was Peace Team, and although not competing in this year’s IC, each of Japan, Sweden and France added enough rating points to climb above them.
Ironically Fiji started the Cup on 40.18 rating points and finished with exactly the same 40.18 rating points but slipped one place as Canada climbed above them.
Congratulations Papua New Guinea on winning a great grand final match and rising to #2 behind Australia on the WFN World Rankings. And well done to Pakistan and Indonesia who join our rankings (if only provisionally so far) for the very first time.
(as at end of 23rd August 2014, completion of IC2014)
|2||Papua New Guinea||57.66||34||+1|
* Nations marked in grey with an asterisk have played less than eight (8) matches under our criteria, and currently hold provisional ranking points, but are not yet officially ranked.
** Countries that have not played a qualifying full field match for 4 years are considered dormant and no longer ranked. Countries that have not played for more than 8 years are no longer listed at all and if they resume it is considered a fresh start. Samoa must play by 05/09/2016 to stay on the list. In 2013 Spain fell off the list based on this criteria.
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