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Is this the first step towards the Official World Rankings?
Authored by: Brett Northey on Friday, March 19 2010 @ 10:25 am ACDT

So we could say "no games included that had Aussies" but then that would exclude quite a few IC games. Although the AFL tries to keep it to an absolute minimum, there are occasional exceptions made, such as those Aaron mentioned. I think there have been a few others too.

Although it isn't ideal, everyone acknowledges that at this youthful stage of international Aussie Rules, no hard and fast system can cover everything adequately. I guess we just make some rules, try to be consistent, and make occasional exceptions where there is reasonable agreement. In 15 years time we should have 30 ranked teams all playing a lot of 18s (or maybe 16s?). Of course the 9s issue may be a long term debating point.

Perhaps the best thing is for us to focus on 16-18s games, start releasing our data of what is and isn't included, and allow there to be debate on any "extra" inclusions. I'd suggest we start with the most recent matches and slowly move back from there. In the next few days I'll roll some of that info out and probably do it as a separate story / thread. But for now, keep the comments coming on here.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

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