World Rankings 2008


World Rankings 2008


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.

worldfootynews.com World Rankings 2008


1Australia
2Papua New Guinea
3New Zealand
4South Africa
5Ireland
6Nauru
7Canada
8United States
=9Japan
=9Great Britain
11Samoa
12Denmark
13Sweden
14Croatia
15Germany
16Peace Team
17Finland
18Tonga
19France
20Catalonia
21China
22India


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).

Caveats


Background Discussion





http://www.worldfootynews.com/staticpages/index.php/World_Rankings_2008