WFTDA Releases November Rankings – Top 3 stable, big gain for London
London celebrates after taking out 3rd place at WFTDA Divisionals in Fort Wayne. Photo: Dave Wood.
UPDATE (11 Dec, 2pm): WFTDA has re-released the rankings after a data entry error saw a game between Gold Coast and Fort Myers recorded as Gold Coast vs Fort Wayne. The Gold Coast game made Fort Myers eligible to be ranked; they debut at 42, just behind Sac City. Gold Coast rises from 54 to 50; all teams under 42 drop at least one place. That means that the previously 100th placed team Assassination City drops out of Division 2 into Division 3.
The Nov. 30 Rankings and the 2014 Divisions were updated Dec. 10. A data entry error for one game was discovered after our normal review period was completed. The error was corrected, and that has caused a slight adjustment in rankings, as well as the Division assignment for two teams.
WFTDA’s November 2013 rankings have been released, and while the top three places are no surprise to anyone, London Rollergirls can rejoice as they claim a spot in the top ten for the first time.
Despite a strong showing in the WFTDA championship final, Texas remains in third place behind Bay Area. WFTDA 2 Bay Area also put up a valiant fight during their championship semi-final, but was unable to defeat the might of Gotham, who once again claim the top of the table.
London, the team that set the murmur mill mumbling for even being invited to compete at Eastern Playoffs in 2011, has risen steadily over the last two years, finally breaking the top ten and taking out the 7 spot.
Three top ten teams climbed one spot. Windy City and Rocky Mountain shift up the table together, climbing to 8 and 9 from 9 and 10 respectively. Meanwhile, Rose City takes out fourth, giving them the dubious honor of being the only top ten team not to make it to championships this year.
Another team from outside North America that will be rejoicing is Victoria, who climb four spots from 25 to 21, just shy of the top 20. Victoria’s buddy league Rat City also climbed, rising five places from 18 to 13.
As for Division 1 teams that took a rankings hit, both Minnesota and Nashville drop six places – Minnesota from 11 to 16 and Nashville from 33 to 39, putting them dangerously close to the Division 1-2 cut off.
Eight teams fell from Division 1 to 2 and eight teams climbed from Division 2 to 1.
Tallahassee Rollergirls, who started out the 2013 season in Division 1, finish at 81--the lowest-placed of 2013/14's Division 1 teams. They are joined in relegation by Carolina (76), Dutchland (72), Arizona (70), Omaha (64), Brewcity (60), DC (55) and The Chicago Outfit (48). No team suffers the ignominy of a slide from Division 1 to Division 3, however.
Both teams that were involved in the one-point Division 2 final nailbiter were ranked in the first division by the time championships came around, and in this round, both Jet City and Santa Cruz climb again; Santa Cruz moves up from 35 to 33, while Jet climbs from 39 to 36.
Division 2 third placed team Blue Ridge is stable at 51, while fourth placed team Sac City climbs from 42 to 41--the 2012/13 division 3 team missed out on being the only team to skip division two entirely.
A total of 11 teams climbed from Division 3 to Division 2; Brandywine Roller Girls debut in the second division at 50. Gainesville, Rideau Valley, St Chux, Hammer City, Lowcountry HighRollers, Garden State, Oklahoma City, Charlotte, Glasgow and Auld Reekie make the jump up to join them.
These rankings set division placements for 2014 – each team’s current ranking determines their game play requirements that they need to meet in order to be able to play in one of WFTDA’s 2014 tournaments.
See the full rankings list on the WFTDA website.