The first INF World Rankings update of the year sets an historic milestone in international netball, as for the first time in history forty (40) teams now have a INF World Ranking.
This coincides with another milestone in that it is ten years since the Official World Rankings were launched by the INF, introduced by David Kendix. Back in February 2008 there were only 22 teams with a ranking, testament to how international netball has grown over the years.
The latest Rankings reflect the games played up to the 28th of January, 2018, which include the recent Quad Series, Netball World Cup 2019 Regional Qualifier – Europe, Grenada Netball Tournament, Mini Pacific Games and the Mission Foods Nations Cup.
England close in on second place following a victory over New Zealand at the Quad Series, however, the top eight remain unchanged. Elsewhere, Scotland move inside the top ten to ninth position following their victories over Wales and Northern Ireland at the Netball World Cup 2019 Regional Qualifier – Europe. As a result, Wales and Barbados both fall one position.
The biggest movers are the Cook Islands who now have a ranking once again. They move into 17th following their clean sweep of victories at the Mission Foods Nations Cup. Swaziland are also big movers following a successful Nations Cup, they rise up eight spaces to 23rd.
For the full table click here.
The INF talks to David Kendix about a decade of the World Rankings system here.