RLIF World Rankings

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Official Rankings as of May 2017[1]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Same position  Australia
2  New Zealand
3  England
4  Scotland
5  Samoa
6  France
7 Rise  Ireland
8 Fall  Fiji
9 Same position  Wales
10  United States
11 Rise  Tonga
12 Fall  Serbia
13  Canada
14  Italy
15 Same position  Papua New Guinea
16  Russia
17  Jamaica
18  Belgium
19 Rise  Malta
20 Fall  Spain
21 Same position  Lebanon
22  Ukraine
23  Germany
24 Rise  Cook Islands
25 Fall  Czech Republic
26 Same position  Norway
27  Denmark
28  Greece
29  Sweden
30  Netherlands
31 Rise  Niue
32 Fall  South Africa
33 Rise  Hungary
34 Fall  Philippines
35 New entry  Thailand
36 Fall  Chile
37  Vanuatu
38 Rise  El Salvador
39 Fall  Latvia
40 Rise  Solomon Islands
41 New entry  Uruguay
42 Fall  Morocco

The RLIF World Rankings are the ranking system for men's national teams in the sport of rugby league football. The teams of the member nations of the Rugby League International Federation, rugby league football's world governing body, are ranked based on their game results with the most successful teams being ranked highest. A point system is used, with points being awarded based on the results of RLIF-recognized international matches. Under the existing system, rankings are based on a team's performance over the last three years, with more recent results and more significant matches being more heavily weighted to help reflect the current competitive state of a team.

Ranking system[edit]

The RLIF World Rankings are calculated based on an average of points accumulated by each nation over a three-year cycle. Under the structure, matches deemed of higher importance such as World Cup games, Four Nations and other major tournament finals draw more points than mid-season Tests and other ‘Internationals’. For each match that a nation participates they are given a base level of points. This base level is affected upon the type of match (World Cup, Major Tournament, Test Match and International) and the status of the opponent.

Bonus points are given for teams that reach certain milestones deemed of significant international importance including reaching a tournament final or qualifying for an event such as a World Cup.

From the total number of points that a nation will receive these points are then averaged to help give a more accurate view of the performance of a nation over the three-year cycle.

Nations which have played fewer than 5 matches over a three-year cycle will be penalised under the current point structure.

Use of the rankings[edit]

The rankings are used by Rugby League International Federation to view the progression and ability of the national rugby league teams.

The data is currently used in things as seeding for tournaments such as the European Cup, Mediterranean Cup and Pacific Cup.

Criticism[edit]

Since the ranking system's introduction in 2007 many people[who?] have criticized the rankings of some of the teams placings in the official standings released by the Rugby League International Federation with claims that the strength of the teams are often seen as a secondary force in the moving of rankings in comparison with the amount of fixtures that are played in by a nation.[citation needed]

The counterbalancing argument to this is that this system encourages nations to play in more international matches or 'friendlies' outside of just major tournaments in the hope of gaining a higher RLIF ranking.

Current calculation method[edit]

Match status[edit]

A weighting system has been implemented by the RLIF to give more points to teams if they gain a victory over a major team in a major tournament, with friendlies ranked with considerably fewer points than any World Cup finals match or the final of Cups such as the European, Mediterranean and Pacific Cups.

Opponent strength[edit]

The RLIF has organized the ranking so that a win against a very highly ranked opponent is a considerably greater achievement than a win against a low-rated opponent, so the strength of the opposing team is a factor.

Assessment period[edit]

All matches played over the last thirty-six months or three years are included in the calculation of the rankings, but there is a weighting system implemented to put more emphasis on recent results.

Historical rankings[edit]

Team Aug 2014[2] Nov 2014[3] May 2015 Dec 2015[4] Jun 2016[5] Oct 2016[6] Nov 2016[7]
 Australia 1 1 2 (Fall 1) 2 2 2 1 (Rise 1)
 New Zealand 2 2 1 (Rise 1) 1 1 1 2 (Fall 1)
 England 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
 France 4 5 (Fall 1) 5 5 5 5 6 (Fall 1)
 Fiji 5 6 (Fall 1) 6 7 (Fall 1) 7 6 (Rise 1) 7 (Fall 1)
 Wales 6 9 (Fall 3) 9 8 (Rise 1) 8 8 9 (Fall 1)
 Samoa 7 4 (Rise 3) 4 4 4 4 5 (Fall 1)
 Papua New Guinea 8 11 (Fall 3) 11 14 (Fall 3) 11 (Rise 3) 12 (Fall 1) 15 (Fall 3)
 United States 9 10 (Fall 1) 10 10 10 10 10
 Ireland 10 7 (Rise 3) 7 6 (Rise 1) 6 7 (Fall 1) 8 (Fall 1)
 Scotland 11 8 (Rise 3) 8 9 (Fall 1) 9 9 4 (Rise 5)
 Italy 12 12 12 12 13 (Fall 1) 15 (Fall 2) 13 (Rise 2)
 Tonga 13 16 (Fall 3) 15 (Rise 1) 16 (Fall 1) 15 (Rise 1) 13 (Rise 2) 14 (Fall 1)
 Russia 14 15 (Fall 1) 16 (Fall 1) 15 (Rise 1) 16 (Fall 1) 18 (Fall 2) 16 (Rise 2)
 Cook Islands 15 17 (Fall 2) 17 22 (Fall 5) 19 (Rise 3) 22 (Fall 3) 25 (Fall 3)
 Canada 16 14 (Rise 2) 13 (Rise 1) 13 14 (Fall 1) 14 12 (Rise 2)
 Serbia 17 13 (Rise 4) 14 (Fall 1) 11 (Rise 3) 12 (Fall 1) 11 (Rise 1) 11
 Germany 18 18 19 (Fall 1) 19 22 (Fall 3) 24 (Fall 2) 23 (Rise 1)
 Norway 19 19 21 (Fall 2) 26 (Fall 5) 26 26 26
 Ukraine 20 20 22 (Fall 2) 23 (Fall 1) 23 23 22 (Rise 1)
 Lebanon 21 21 20 (Rise 1) 20 20 21 (Fall 1) 21
 Belgium 22 22 18 (Rise 4) 17 (Rise 1) 17 17 18 (Fall 1)
 Malta 23 24 (Fall 1) 23 (Rise 1) 18 (Rise 5) 18 20 (Fall 2) 20
 Jamaica 24 27 (Fall 3) 29 (Fall 2) 27 (Rise 2) 27 16 (Rise 11) 17 (Fall 1)
 Netherlands 25 25 25 28 (Fall 3) 30 (Fall 2) 30 30
 Greece 26 23 (Rise 3) 24 (Fall 1) 24 24 28 (Fall 4) 28
 Denmark 27 26 (Rise 1) 27 (Fall 1) 25 (Rise 2) 25 27 (Fall 2) 27
 Spain 28 (New entry) 28 26 (Rise 2) 21 (Rise 5) 21 19 (Rise 2) 19
 South Africa 29 31 (Fall 2) 28 (Rise 3) 31 (Fall 3) 31 31 31
 Czech Republic 30 29 (Rise 1) 30 (Fall 1) 30 29 (Rise 1) 25 (Rise 4) 24 (Rise 1)
 Latvia 31 33 (Fall 2) 34 (Fall 1) 34 35 (Fall 1) 36 (Fall 1) 36
 Sweden 32 30 (Rise 2) 31 (Fall 1) 29 (Rise 2) 28 (Rise 1) 29 (Fall 1) 29
 Hungary 33 32 (Fall 1) 33 (Fall 1) 33 34 (Fall 1) 38 (Fall 4) 38
 Morocco 34 34 36 (Fall 2) 35 (Rise 1) 36 (Fall 1) 40 (Fall 4) 40
 Niue 32 (New entry) 32 33 (Fall 1) 33 32 (Rise 1)
 Philippines 35 (New entry) 32 (New entry) 32 33 (Fall 1)
 Chile 34 (New entry) 34
 Vanuatu 35 (New entry) 35
 Solomon Islands 37 (New entry) 37
 El Salvador 39 (New entry) 39
 Thailand
 Uruguay

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "RLIF announce latest World Rankings". Rugby League International Federation. 1 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Latest World Rankings Announced". Rugby League International Federation. 30 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Latest world rankings released". Rugby League International Federation. 17 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "PNG make the biggest move in new World Rankings". Rugby League International Federation. 1 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Australia and England can both overtake New Zealand in World Rankings". Rugby League International Federation. 28 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Australia reclaim world No.1 ranking". NRL.com. 23 November 2016.