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Senior Rankings

The rankings are processed by a formula that is based on wins, strength of opponent, and margin of victory. It’s a zero-sum formula:  the team that wins takes points from the team that loses. Because of this, teams with more wins tend to rise in the rankings regardless of opponent, but not as fast as teams with high quality wins.

I’ve tracked down as many Senior IFAF games as possible. I may have missed some, and if I find them later, I’ll put them the system and the rankings will change.

All games I have are used. Senior games begin on 06/24/1999 with the first Senior World Championship.

The only teams to appear in the rankings are teams that have played at least one game during what I’ll call a “cycle.” A cycle includes the most recent world championship, and begins at the end of the previous one. The only thing a cycle is used for is to determine if a team shows up in the rankings — these games do not have a higher weighting. Teams that haven’t played in the cycle show up at the end of the rankings with a rank of “-“. Their points are still shown.

The wins, losses, and ties columns show the team’s overall record since the beginning of the rankings.

Rankings as of:   06/07/2014
Cycle start:  07/16/2007

Rank Senior Team Points W L T
1 United States 1948 7 0 0
2 Japan 1825 13 2 0
3 Canada 1644 3 1 0
4 Germany 1617 14 6 0
5 Mexico 1570 5 4 0
6 Austria 1477 11 5 0
7 France 1373 10 12 0
8 South Korea 1341 3 3 0
9 Finland 1162 5 13 0
10 Sweden 1113 14 13 0
11 Australia 1062 2 7 0
12 Great Britain 988 7 8 0
13 Denmark 948 4 8 0
14 Panama 936 2 0 0
15 Argentina 897 5 2 0
16 Russia 850 5 4 0
17 Italy 847 6 8 0
18 Brazil 834 2 1 0
19 Turkey 818 1 0 0
20 Switzerland 736 3 2 0
21 Czech Republic 733 7 4 0
22 Nicaragua 704 2 1 0
23 Slovenia 697 1 0 0
24 Philippines 679 0 1 0
25 Costa Rica 678 1 1 0
26 Poland 674 0 1 0
27 Kuwait 673 0 1 0
28 Serbia 661 4 4 0
29 Belarus 645 0 1 0
30 Norway 632 1 2 0
31 Slovakia 573 0 3 0
32 Guatemala 563 1 2 0
33 Uruguay 548 5 6 1
34 Romania 540 0 1 0
35 El Salvador 513 0 2 0
36 Netherlands 490 1 5 0
37 Chile 437 0 3 1
38 Spain 431 0 8 0
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