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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

Regulatory background


Policy statement

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:


The above factors are translated to variables with values determined according to the rules below:


For every match the following is calculated.


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.




This document has been authorised by:

Approval Authority
Sport Development Director
Responsible Officer
Event Commission Chair
Date first approved
25 October 2016
Date last amended
18 April 2018
Effective start date
28 April 2015
Date to be reviewed
1 October 2020