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Official Men's Rankings as of July 2019
Rank Change* Team Pts%
1 Steady  Australia
2 Steady  England
3 Steady  New Zealand
4 Steady  Tonga
5 Steady  Fiji
6 Steady  France
7 Steady  Samoa
8 Steady  Scotland
9 Steady  Lebanon
10 Steady  Papua New Guinea
11 Steady  Wales
12 Steady  Ireland
13 Increase 1  Jamaica
14 Decrease 1  Italy
15 Steady  United States
16 Increase 3  Greece
17 Decrease 1  Malta
18 Increase 2  Norway
19 Decrease 2  Serbia
20 Decrease 2  Hungary
21 Steady  Canada
22 Steady  Philippines
23 Steady  Poland
24 Steady  Niue
25 Steady  Czech Republic
26 Steady  Netherlands
27 Steady  Solomon Islands
28 Increase 17  Cook Islands
29 Steady  Russia
30 Decrease 2  Spain
31 Steady  Turkey
32 Increase 1  Vanuatu
33 Decrease 1  Chile
34 Steady  Japan
35 Decrease 5  Germany
36 Increase 1  South Africa
37 Decrease 2  Ukraine
38 Decrease 2  El Salvador
39 Increase 1  Hong Kong
40 Decrease 2  Sweden
41 Steady  Colombia
42 Decrease 3  Belgium
43 Steady  Argentina
44 Decrease 2  Thailand
45 Increase 1  Brazil
46 Decrease 1  Uruguay
47 Decrease 2  Denmark
48 Decrease 2  Bulgaria
*Change from December 2018

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.

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Ranking systemEdit

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.

Official Women's Rankings as of July 2019
Rank Change* Team Pts%
1     Australia
2     New Zealand
3     England
4     Canada
5     Cook Islands
6     Papua New Guinea
7     France
8     Italy
9     Fiji
10     Samoa
11     Brazil
12     Turkey
13     Serbia
14   5   Lebanon
*Change from December 2018

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 rankingsEdit

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.

Current calculation methodEdit

Match statusEdit

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 strengthEdit

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 periodEdit

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 rankingsEdit

Team Jun 2013[1] Dec 2013[2] Aug 2014[3] Nov 2014[4] May 2015 Dec 2015[5] Jun 2016[6] Oct 2016[7] Nov 2016[8] May 2017[9] Oct 2017[10] Dec 2017[11]
  Australia 1 1 1 1 2 (  1) 2 2 2 1 (  1) 1 1 1
  New Zealand 2 2 2 2 1 (  1) 1 1 1 2 (  1) 2 2 2
  England 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
  Tonga 10 13 (  3) 13 16 (  3) 15 (  1) 16 (  1) 15 (  1) 13 (  2) 14 (  1) 11 (  3) 11 4 (  7)
  Fiji 7 5 (  2) 5 6 (  1) 6 7 (  1) 7 6 (  1) 7 (  1) 8 (  1) 7 (  1) 5 (  2)
  Samoa 8 8 7 (  1) 4 (  3) 4 4 4 4 5 (  1) 5 5 6 (  1)
  Scotland 11 11 11 8 (  3) 8 9 (  1) 9 9 4 (  5) 4 4 7 (  3)
  France 4 4 4 5 (  1) 5 5 5 5 6 (  1) 6 6 8 (  2)
  Lebanon 16 20 (  4) 21 (  1) 21 20 (  1) 20 20 21 (  1) 21 21 18 (  3) 9 (  9)
  Papua New Guinea 6 7 (  1) 8 (  1) 11 (  3) 11 14 (  3) 11 (  3) 12 (  1) 15 (  3) 15 16 (  1) 10 (  6)
  Ireland 9 9 10 (  1) 7 (  3) 7 6 (  1) 6 7 (  1) 8 (  1) 7 (  1) 8 (  1) 11 (  3)
  Wales 5 6 (  1) 6 9 (  3) 9 8 (  1) 8 8 9 (  1) 9 9 12 (  3)
  Italy 13 12 (  1) 12 12 12 12 13 (  1) 15 (  2) 13 (  2) 14 (  1) 12 (  2) 13 (  1)
  United States 12 10 (  2) 9 (  1) 10 (  1) 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 14 (  4)
  Jamaica 22 23 (  1) 24 (  1) 27 (  3) 29 (  2) 27 (  2) 27 16 (  11) 17 (  1) 17 13 (  4) 15 (  2)
  Serbia 15 17 (  2) 17 13 (  4) 14 (  1) 11 (  3) 12 (  1) 11 (  1) 11 12 (  1) 14 (  2) 16 (  2)
  Canada 19 16 (  3) 16 14 (  2) 13 (  1) 13 14 (  1) 14 12 (  2) 13 (  1) 15 (  2) 17 (  2)
  Malta 21 22 (  1) 23 (  1) 24 (  1) 23 (  1) 18 (  5) 18 20 (  2) 20 19 (  1) 17 (  2) 18 (  1)
  Russia 14 15 (  1) 14 (  1) 15 (  1) 16 (  1) 15 (  1) 16 (  1) 18 (  2) 16 (  2) 16 19 (  3) 19
  Belgium 31 29 (  2) 22 (  5) 22 18 (  4) 17 (  1) 17 17 18 (  1) 18 20 (  2) 20
  Spain 28 ( ) 28 26 (  2) 21 (  5) 21 19 (  2) 19 20 (  1) 21 (  1) 21
  Norway 20 19 (  1) 19 19 21 (  2) 26 (  5) 26 26 26 26 22 (  4) 22
  Greece 28 ( ) 26 (  2) 23 (  3) 24 (  1) 24 24 28 (  4) 28 28 23 (  5) 23
  Philippines 35 ( ) 32 ( ) 32 33 (  1) 34 (  1) 34 24 (  10)
  Ukraine 23 21 (  2) 20 (  1) 20 22 (  2) 23 (  1) 23 23 22 (  1) 22 25 (  3) 25
  Czech Republic 26 ( ) 30 (  4) 29 (  1) 30 (  1) 30 29 (  1) 25 (  4) 24 (  1) 25 (  1) 26 (  1) 26
  Netherlands 29 24 (  5) 25 (  1) 25 25 28 (  3) 30 (  2) 30 30 30 27 (  3) 27
  Germany 18 18 18 18 19 (  1) 19 22 (  3) 24 (  2) 23 (  1) 23 28 (  5) 28
  Hungary 31 ( ) 33 (  2) 32 (  1) 33 (  1) 33 34 (  1) 38 (  4) 38 33 (  5) 29 (  4) 29
  Cook Islands 17 14 (  3) 15 (  1) 17 (  2) 17 22 (  5) 19 (  3) 22 (  3) 25 (  3) 24 (  1) 24 30 (  6)
  Sweden 28 30 (  2) 32 (  2) 30 (  2) 31 (  1) 29 (  2) 28 (  1) 29 (  1) 29 29 30 (  1) 31 (  1)
  Chile 34 ( ) 34 36 (  2) 37 (  1) 32 (  5)
  Niue 32 ( ) 32 33 (  1) 33 32 (  1) 31 (  1) 31 33 (  2)
  Denmark 26 27 (  1) 27 26 (  1) 27 (  1) 25 (  2) 25 27 (  2) 27 27 32 (  5) 34 (  2)
  South Africa 24 25 (  1) 29 (  4) 31 (  2) 28 (  3) 31 (  3) 31 31 31 32 (  1) 33 (  1) 35 (  2)
  Vanuatu 35 ( ) 35 37 (  2) 35 (  2) 36 (  1)
  El Salvador 39 ( ) 39 38 (  1) 39 (  1) 37 (  2)
  Thailand 35 ( ) 36 (  1) 38 (  2)
  Argentina 39 ( )
  Colombia 40 ( )
  Japan 41 ( )
  Solomon Islands 37 ( ) 37 40 (  3) 38 (  2) 42 (  4)
  Brazil 43 ( )
  Uruguay 41 ( ) 40 (  1) 44 (  4)
  Hong Kong 45 ( )
  Bulgaria 41 ( ) 46 (  5)
  Latvia 25 31 ( ) 33 (  2) 34 (  1) 34 35 (  1) 36 (  1) 36 39 (  3) 42 (  3) 47 (  5)
  Morocco 30 34 ( ) 34 36 (  2) 35 (  1) 36 (  1) 40 (  4) 40 42 (  2) 43 (  1) 48 (  5)
  Estonia 27

Best and WorstEdit

Team Best Worst
Rank Year(s) Rank Year(s)
  Argentina 39 2017 39 2017
  Australia 1 2012–15, 2016–17 2 2015–16
  Belgium 17 2015–16 31 2013
  Brazil 43 2017 43 2017
  Bulgaria 41 2017 46 2017
  Canada 12 2016 21 2012
  Chile 32 2016 37 2017
  Colombia 40 2017 40 2017
  Cook Islands 14 2013 30 2017
  Czech Republic 24 2016 30 2014, 2015
  Denmark 25 2015–16 34 2017
  El Salvador 37 2017 39 2016, 2017
  England 3 2012–17 3 2012–17
  France 4 2013–14 8 2017
  Fiji 5 2013–14, 2017 8 2017
  Germany 18 2012–14 28 2017
  Greece 23 2014, 2017 28 2013, 2016–17
  Hong Kong 45 2017 45 2017
  Hungary 29 2017 38 2016
  Ireland 6 2015–16 11 2012, 2017
  Italy 12 2013–15, 2017 15 2016
  Jamaica 13 2017 29 2015
  Japan 41 2017 41 2017
  Latvia 25 2013 47 2017
  Lebanon 9 2017 21 2014, 2016–17
  Malta 17 2017 24 2014
  Morocco 30 2013 48 2017
  Netherlands 24 2013 30 2016–17
  New Zealand 1 2015–16 2 2012–15, 2016–17
  Niue 31 2017 33 2016, 2017
  Norway 19 2012, 2013–14 26 2015–17
  Papua New Guinea 4 2012 16 2017
  Philippines 24 2017 35 2015
  Russia 14 2013, 2014 19 2017
  Samoa 4 2015–16 8 2012–13
  Scotland 4 2016–17 11 2013–14
  Serbia 11 2015–16 17 2012, 2013–14
  Solomon Islands 37 2016 42 2017
  South Africa 24 2012–13 35 2017
  Spain 19 2016 28 2014
  Sweden 28 2012, 2016 32 2014
  Thailand 35 2017 38 2017
  Tonga 4 2017 16 2014, 2015
  Ukraine 20 2014 25 2017
  United States 9 2014 14 2017
  Uruguay 40 2017 44 2017
  Vanuatu 35 2016, 2017 37 2017
  Wales 5 2013 12 2017

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Australia strengthen grip on rankings". Rugby League International Federation. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Australia strengthen grip as world No 1". Rugby League International Federation. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  3. ^ "RLIF announce latest World Rankings". Rugby League International Federation. 1 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Latest World Rankings Announced". Rugby League International Federation. 30 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Latest world rankings released". Rugby League International Federation. 17 December 2015.
  6. ^ "PNG make the biggest move in new World Rankings". Rugby League International Federation. 1 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Australia and England can both overtake New Zealand in World Rankings". Rugby League International Federation. 28 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Australia reclaim world No.1 ranking". NRL.com. 23 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Australia to enter RLWC2017 as World Number 1". Rugby League International Federation. 15 May 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  10. ^ "World Rankings released ahead of RLWC2017". Rugby League International Federation. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Latest World Rankings announced". Rugby League International Federation. 8 December 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017.