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Is this the first step towards the Official World Rankings?
Authored by: kolja51 on Wednesday, March 17 2010 @ 04:58 pm ACDT

No Croatia has not played official 18 a side match, apart for playing West London Wildcats.
I reckon it's a bit early to use that system, as most countries didn't play enough 18 a side matches. But I do think that previous ranking was fair, no matter how has been done.
Here we used World Ranking to show potential sponsors that our results matter, now...

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Is this the first step towards the Official World Rankings?
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Wednesday, March 17 2010 @ 05:11 pm ACDT

That's a fair point too regarding sponsors. Alongside Croatia, there are a couple such as France, the Netherlands, Italy and Catalonia who could should be on there. Maybe we should look at also having a 9s ranking?

The bottom line is that this is just a proposed system and at this stage isn't in any way official. At this point, it's mainly about generating debate. After each match or tournament, we'll look at it again.

On a related note - will Croatia be at the Euro Championships in Denmark/Sweden in August? This would be an opportunity to get onto the table.

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Is this the first step towards the Official World Rankings?
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, March 17 2010 @ 05:19 pm ACDT


Kolja's comment shows we need to be very careful before jumping from one system to another. Although our old system was unofficial, we did of course hope it would be taken seriously and used as a good quick snapshot to people of the approximate strength of countries. It appears that it was indeed taken seriously.

So perhaps while we thrash out details for this candidate new system, we might need to keep it clearly separate. That was kind of what I had in mind. Run through all the results, slowly build agreement on what goes in and what does not, and maybe if there is widespread support, it could be "launched" as our new (unofficial) system towards the end of the year.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

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