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WFN World Rankings - decision time on hybrids and B teams
Authored by: Rog on Friday, September 08 2017 @ 08:48 am ACST

I say no to all "B" teams including womens.
The womens B teams are only being included now to bring up the number of matches, but in the future when more full international matches have been played, the games against B teams only dilute the quality of the rankings. You can always assume that the A version of a nation is the best available team at that time, but the B version can not be assumed to be the 2nd best version of that nations team (the quality of a B team depends on the criteria being used to select it at any given time). Therefore B teams are not a continuation of themselves over time.

I agree hybrid nations are fine until the constituent nations of the hybrids have their own national teams. So no to the Asian Lions.

Adding in older results are fine, as the effect will wear off over time anyway. While I disagree with many aspects of the ranking system used here, I maintain my own personal ranking system (in which the effect of any given match will have totally disappeared after about 30 more games involving those nations).

Any thoughts to creating a separate ranking for 9-a-side international footy?

Edited on Friday, September 08 2017 @ 08:58 am ACST by Rog

WFN World Rankings - decision time on hybrids and B teams
Authored by: Brett Northey on Sunday, September 10 2017 @ 07:17 pm ACST

Hi Rog, Yes I believe Cam kept a 9-a-side version of the rankings a while back, he might have more to say on that.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN