There is currently no official system of World Rankings for Australian Football, most likely because the international game is still mostly amateur and still maturing so there are insufficient matches between the nations to reliably compare them. Even when there are matches, countries are often restricted by the inability of players to always be available for travel.
However, worldfootynews.com has attempted to create an unofficial ranking in 2008, complete with a series of articles leading up to the final list which allowed readers, players and officials to contribute to the debate. The main caveats and a complete list of discussion articles are given below the rankings.
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We determined 22 teams fit the criteria, up from 17 two years earlier. The new teams added since our 2006 list are Croatia, the Peace Team, Finland, Catalonia, China and India. The only country lapsing is Spain - hopefully we'll see them return soon.
The biggest movers were Nauru (up from 12th to 6th), the US (down from 4th to 8th) and Denmark (perhaps unluckily down from 7th to 12th).