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World Rankings as at end 23rd August 2014
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 are the current rankings as at end 23rd August 2014.
This is our first formal World Rankings since 26th April 2014, and follows the completion of the 2014 AFL International Cup.
Canada and Japan are the big risers. Canada has climbed 6 places, winning four of their five IC14 matches, where fortunately for them the rating gap of each opponent was less than +/- 2.95 and because in three of these matches Canada achieved +40 point wins the rate exchange was the maximum of + 3.00 in each case. Their only loss was to their perennial nemesis USA where they lost only 1.04 rating points. The Northwind gained a total 10.91 rating points over the course of the tournament. No doubt the Revolution will be keen for another 49th Parallel Cup battle to climb back above their Northern foe.
Japan won three from five, two of these winning matches reaped maximum +/-3.00 rate exchanges whilst they dropped only 0.46 rating points in the loss to Tonga seeing the Samurai climb from 19th to 16th place. Japan added a total of 6.78 rating points during the Cup. Japan had previously played a lot of teams well up the ladder and their rating points had suffered as a result, so their rise can be seen as something of a correction.
The biggest fall was by the Israel-Palestine Peace Team, and although not competing in this year’s IC, each of Japan, Sweden and France added enough rating points to climb above them.
Congratulations Papua New Guinea on winning a great grand final match and rising to #2 behind Australia on the WFN World Rankings. And well done to Pakistan and Indonesia who join our rankings (if only provisionally so far) for the very first time.
World Footy News Australian Football World Rankings
(as at end of 23rd August 2014, completion of IC2014)
* 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.
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