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Debate - World footy rankings 2008 - IC08 placings
Authored by: Adam Bennett - AFL England President on Wednesday, January 07 2009 @ 08:39 pm ACDT

A ranking is never going to please everyone, so I think you have to go with the IC rankings for now, in lieu of a methodology which allows us to accurately track and calculate precisedly where teams are compared to others.

For example, after the result in 2005 and seeing the teams play in 2008, I'd hope GB vs Japan would be a good match-up for us, but they finished higher, so good on 'em. I think everyone underestimated how good the Nauruans were and I'm sure they would fancy themselves against both the Africans and Irish, though I'd probably go with the current placings for now.

It would be great to see an AFL initiative providing an official system for ranking, or adoption of a system used in another mainstream sport which could be accurately applied to footy to determine rankings, but I suspect this would also require more regular contact between a larger number of international teams.

Happy new year all!

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