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World Rankings as at end 20th August 2016


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.

This is our first formal World Rankings since 1st August 2015, and follows the completion of the 2016 European Championships.

There was a disappointingly small turnout for the full field tournament but it still created some movement in the rankings. Without their host of stars that are playing Down Under (both in the AFL and lower levels) the Irish went down to Great Britain in the final despite a narrow win a few days earlier. As a result Ireland dropped one spot in our rankings and Great Britain up two spots. The big winners were Germany, knocking off Sweden twice to rise 3 places on the ladder, with Sweden falling by the same amount. New Zealand now sit 3rd behind Australia and PNG courtesy of Ireland's slip.


World Footy News Australian Football World Rankings

(as at end of 20th August 2016, completion of EC2016)

Rank        Team Points Games Rank Change
1 Australia - steady
2 Papua New Guinea 57.66 34 steady
3 New Zealand 55.09 38 +1
4 Ireland 53.68 53 -1
5 Nauru 53.30 27 steady
6 South Africa 49.63 27 steady
7 Great Britain 48.68 58 +2
8 United States 47.61 43 -1
9 Canada 46.69 43 -1
10 Denmark 43.67 47 steady
11 Tonga 41.93 14 steady
12 Croatia 40.35 8 steady
13 Fiji 40.18 14 steady
14 France 39.09 13 steady
15 Germany 37.44 20 +3
16 Japan 37.17 29 steady
17 Peace Team 36.46 11 steady
18 Sweden 34.18 39 -3
19 China 28.84 16 steady
20 Finland 27.45 18 steady
21 India 23.01 16 steady
Dorm. Samoa 41.85 18 **
Dorm. Iceland 35.64 4 **
Prov. Indonesia 32.66 5 *
Prov. Pakistan 32.35 5 *
Prov. Timor-Leste 27.40 6 *



* 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.
** Countries that have not played a qualifying full field match for 4 years are considered dormant and after 8 years fall off our list altogether. Samoa has not played a qualifying full field match for over 4 years and so are regarded as dormant, they must play by 05/09/2016 to stay on the list. Iceland has not played a qualifying full field match for over 4 years and so are regarded as dormant, they must play by 07/08/2018 to stay on the list. Spain fell off the list based on this criteria in 2013.



   For a full discussion of the eligibility criteria of games see World Rankings - Criteria

   For a full list of the included matches, see World Rankings - Matches

   For a full discussion of how the rankings are produced, see World Rankings - Method

   For previous rankings see World Rankings - Historical



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