Update follows WFDF 2019 European Beach Ultimate Championships in association with BULA, WFDF 2019 Asia Oceanic Beach Ultimate Championships in association with BULA, WFDF 2019 All African Ultimate Championships, WFDF 2019 World Under 24 Ultimate Championships & WFDF 2019 Asia Oceanic Ultimate & Guts Championships.
The World Flying Disc Federation today released the
updated World Ultimate Rankings.
These country rankings are based on the finishing positions of teams at the most recent WFDF World and Continental Ultimate events:
- Asia Oceanic Ultimate & Guts Championships (AOUGC) 2019
- World Under 24 Ultimate Championships (WU24) 2019
- All Africa Ultimate Championships (AAUC) 2019
- Asia Oceanic Beach Ultimate Championships (AOBUC) 2019
- European Beach Ultimate Championships (EBUC) 2019
- World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC) 2018
- World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) 2018
- World Master Ultimate Club Championships (WMUCC) 2018
- World Championship of Beach Ultimate (WCBU) 2017
- World Great Grandmasters Beach Ultimate Championships (WGGMBUC) 2017
- World Ultimate and Guts Championships (WUGC) 2016
Beginning in 2019, WFDF has expanded the number of events used to calculate the WFDF World Ultimate Rankings. Continental events are now taken into account along side World events. This change allows more countries to gain World Ranking points by attending their regional events. As well, the maximum points available for any single division has been standardized and is no longer connected to the size of the division. Maximum points available for divisions are as follows:
- World Event – Mixed, Women’s and Men’s divisions: 48 Points
- World Event – Mixed Masters, Women’s Masters and Men’s Masters divisions: 36 Points
- World Event – All Masters + (Grand Masters and beyond) divisions: 24 Points
- WJUC/WU24 – All divisions: 36 Points
- Continental Event – Mixed, Women’s and Men’s divisions: 24 Points
- Continental Event – All age limited (Juniors and Masters) divisions: 12 Points
Maximum points are awarded to the country winning each division, with subsequent teams earning fewer points based on finishing position and the total number of teams in the division. World Ranking Points Calculation:
World Points = Max Points * ((# of Countries in division + 1) – (Team Ranking)) / # of Countries in division
The USA once again holds their position at the top of the list, while Canada maintained its second place position, followed by Great Britain in third and Germany in fourth. Japan moved ahead of Australia with those two countries finishing fifth and sixth. New to the top 10, Russia moved up 4 spots to claim eighth, while following some strong results in the recent European Beach Ultimate Championships, Spain claimed tenth place. A pair of European teams made a move into the next 10, with Sweden (15th) moving up 6 spots while Belgium (20th) moved up 2 places. Other big movers on the ranking list included Latvia (26th) up 7 spots, Chinese Taipei (33rd) up 6 spots and Malaysia (37th) and Kenya (39th) both jumping up 7 spots. WFDF is also happy to highlight that there are five countries making their debut on the World Ultimate Rankings: Slovenia, Thailand, Belarus, Panama and Luxemburg.
“This ranking has been updated with the recent finishing positions of teams from five WFDF events held so far in 2019,” explained WFDF Ultimate Committee chair Brian Gisel. “With the recent changes to the number of events used to calculate World Rankings and the updated point system, we expect the exciting changes on the World Ranking list to continue in the future. The next update will follow the WFDF 2019 Pan American Ultimate Championships, taking place in Sarasota FL, USA in November.”
While the primary factor in determining the seeding for the WFDF 2020 World Ultimate and Guts Championships (WUGC) will be the results from WUGC 2016, the WFDF World Ultimate Rankings, updated following the PanAm Championships later this year, will also be taken into account as a secondary factor.
The WUGC 2020, taking place in Leeuwarden, NED, will act as the qualification event for the IWGA The World Games Birmingham 2021.