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World Rankings as at 18th May 2013
There is currently no official system of World Rankings for Australian Football, as the international game is still mostly amateur, still maturing and there are often difficulties in nations having all their best players available. However, due to popular demand, worldfootynews.com has been providing rankings since 2006. Below were the rankings as at 18 May 2013.
This was the first update since 24th November 2012 and came at a quiet time for international Test matches in the now traditional lull between International Cups (this time the 2011 and 2014 editions). Only 3 matches had been played since our last update.
As a result of Denmark's 20.21 (141) to 1.1(7) thumping win over Germany the Vikings climbed three spots on our World Rankings. There was much discussion previously as to whether the Danes were too lowly ranked, but as pointed out the best way to remedy that is to defeat the teams close on the ladder.
As a result of this match and the earlier shared series between Great Britain and Ireland, eight nations saw either a rise or fall in their position on our World Rankings since our last formal update on 24 November 2012.
Great Britain (46.51 rating points) climbed two spots from 9th to 7th at the expense of USA (45.87) and Tonga (44.73) pushing them down one spot each to 8th and 9th respectively.
Denmark's 134 point win over Germany saw them leapfrog over Canada (37.82), Sweden (37.41) and Germany (35.73) to 11th from 14th. Canada and Sweden were pushed down one spot each to 12th and 13th respectively.
Germany slipped two spots from 13th to 15th allowing Peace Team (36.46) to climb 0.73 rating points above them at 14th.
It was notable that Spain was now within a few months of falling off the ranks altogether (8 year cutoff rule) having not played a full field match for over 7 years.
* Nations marked in grey with an asterisk have played less than eight (8) matches under our criteria, and currently hold provisional ranking points, but are not yet officially ranked.
** Spain has not played a qualifying full field match for nearly 8 years and so would be provisionally ranked either way (insufficient games and dormant too long). They must play an eligible match by 13/08/2013 to remain on the list (8 year cutoff rule). Samoa must play by 05/09/2016 to stay on the list.
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