Sunday, August 18 2013 @ 08:21 am ACST
Contributed by: Cam Homes
Additional commentary, Brett Northey
After several informal releases, worldfootynews.com today publishes our first formal World Rankings since 18th May 2013.
There's been plenty of movement in the lower half courtesy of two new fully ranked nations, France (16th) and Croatia (11th).
France brought their game tally up to our minimum required eight matches with a big loss to Germany, while Croatia qualified during the recent 2013 European Championships in Dublin. Some may argue that a rank of 11th in the world flatters the Knights, possibly rightly, but their form in 9-a-side has been very impressive for some time. Hopefully we'll see them make their International Cup debut at IC14 and that should help settle them in to a spot they deserve, wherever that may be.
In many respects EC2013 was a series of dramatic twists and turns that left us right where we started. Ireland almost came crashing down three times, but didn't. Denmark almost got past Great Britain, but didn't. The Swedes pushed their near rivals but couldn't topple them. Croatia pushed Sweden but didn't get over the line, and Great Britain nearly claimed their first major international title, only to have Ireland snatch victory with the last kick of the tournament.