The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF), in cooperation with the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA), is releasing the second edition of the world rankings for disc golf by country. USA remain the top ranked team in the world, followed by Canada, Finland, New Zealand and Estonia.The criteria for ranking countries are a combination of performance at WFDF World Team Disc Golf Championships and the PDGA ratings for top male and female players.
“The second edition of the WFDF World Disc Golf Rankings marks another significant step forward for WFDF members and countries affiliated with PDGA,” said Charlie Mead, the WFDF Disc Golf Committee chair.“As the criteria for ranking becomes known to the wider disc golf-playing world, National Associations are focusing their attention on how to move up the list. The inclusion of more women and juniors in the calculations for some countries has made a positive difference to their position.”
“The next edition will see the results of the third World Team Disc Golf Championships included and this will make a big difference, especially to those countries that have not yet competed in the event in 2016 and 2017. The message is clear— get better, get more women and juniors playing and come to WTDGC 2019 to move up the rankings.”
“We are pleased to see this expansion of the World Rankings for disc golf,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “Our rankings will become an ever increasingly important tool in deciding on the inclusion of countries in multi-sports games like the World Games or other Olympic Movement sanctioned events which demand a critical and objective means for selecting athletes for their events. We are looking forward to discussing this and other exciting developments for disc golf and all disc sports at our Congress in August in Estonia, being held after the conclusion of our Team Disc Golf World Championship.”
An explanation of the rankings process is available here. A revision of any or all criteria for generating a World Rankings list will also be reviewed every six-months based on feedback from WFDF members, PDGA, and PDGA Europe Board of Directors and officers. A total of 47 countries are now included in the ranking process, an increase of seven from the January 2018 list.
The WFDF 2019 World Team Disc Golf Championships will be held in Alutaguse, Ida-Virumaa, Estonia from 21 to 24 August 2019. The four day event will be hosted by the Estonian Disc Golf Association and Alutaguse Eagle Disc Golf Club and it is expected to draw teams from the top 24 countries in the world.