FIT World Ranking Policy
Purpose of policy
The purpose of this policy is to provide FIT with a means of determining the relative strength of a Member NTA in each recognised division.
Policy scope and application
The policy applies to all teams representing an NTA in a recognised division of a Tier 1-3 event.
Matches played since 28th April 2015 (the commencement of the Touch World Cup hosted by Austraila in Coffs Harbour) will be considered in calculating ranking points. This clause becomes unnecessary from 29th April 2019 when ranking points will decay to zero value.
- the number calculated by dividing the sum of the values in a set by the number of values in the set
- a gradual decrease applied to ranking points over time to place greater importance on more recent results
- a fact or circumstance that contributes to the calculation of ranking points per match
- National Touch Association
- Round robin
- a tournament in which each competitor plays in turn against every other
- a second order group of teams following progression from initially seeded pools
- a quantity which during calculation of ranking points varies in value per match
FIT is committed to encouraging, rewarding and acknowledging the results of international competition.
FIT world ranking policy
Every match played between two NTA’s in a Tier 1-3 event will contribute to that nation’s ranking score.
The individual factors that may influence rank are:
- whether the match played resulted in a win, loss, or draw for the team
- the margin between the scores of the opposing teams
- the elapsed time since the match took place - ranking points decay over time
- the importance of the match - Tier 1 events as opposed to Tier 2 and Tier 3 events
The above factors are translated to variables with values determined according to the rules below:
- 15 points for a win
- 10 points for a draw
- 5 points for a loss
- -20 points for losing by forfeit
- 2 × win points for a winning margin > 15 touchdowns; or
- 1 × win points for a winning margin > 10 touchdowns; or
- ½ × win points for a winning margin > 5 touchdowns; or
- ½ × loss points for a losing margin < 2 touchdowns
- 1 × multiplier for matches played in the last 12 months
- ⅞ × multiplier for matches played between 24 and 12 months ago
- ⅝ × multiplier for matches played between 36 and 24 months ago
- ⅜ × multiplier for matches played between 48 and 36 months ago
- 5 × multiplier for Tier 1 events
- 1 × multiplier for first subdivision
- ⅖ × multiplier for second subdivision
- ⅕ × multiplier for subsequent subdivisions
- 3 × multiplier for Trans Tasman Test Series
- 2 × multiplier for Tier 2 events
- 1 × multiplier for Tier 3 events
- 5 × multiplier for Tier 1 events
For every match the following is calculated.
(RESULT + MARGIN BONUS) * IMPORTANCE * DECAY
This results in a series which is then averaged. The average is the ranking points of the team.
Forfeits are excluded for teams who win by forfeit – including them would adversly impact their average.
All teams who have a positive ranking points value are sorted in descending order. The team with the highest number of ranking points at a given point in time is deemed to be the number one ranked team in the world, and so on and so forth.
The world rankings for every recognised division will be published on the first day of every month, except when there is a Tier 1-3 event in progress – on these occassions the rankings will be published the day following the conclusion of the event.
Enquiries in relation to this policy should be directed to the FIT Event Commission Chair.
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