WSDC 2011 – Unofficial World Rankings


This is part of the WSDC 2011 series as I recount and report on the World School Debating Championship 2011 in Dundee, Scotland as a debater, blogger and Wales national team member.

At WSDC 2010, a total of 57 teams ultimately took part. WSDC 2011 has 350 spots open for registration, and despite registration being yet to open, they have announced a team cap of 44. It appears quite likely that the top 31 teams that appear in the World Rankings prior to WSDC 2011 will be attending WSDC 2011.

Using the same method that calculated last year’s team pre-tournament rankings, I have removed the results of WSDC 2007 and substituted them with WSDC 2010 results.

Results for a country from only one or even two WSDC tournaments reduces the accuracy of these pre-tournament rankings. And since the top 31 teams all conveniently won more than 3.333 debates at every WSDC they attended on average, I calculated only the results for the top 31 WSDC teams. The are ranked based upon average wins per WSDC and average judges per WSDC. Only in one case have I had to move on to total number of wins at WSDC 2010 and total number of judges at WSDC 2010. To make calculations easier, I averaged the results to assume each national team debated at all three WSDCs between 2008 and 2010.

The World Rankings or pre-tournament rankings for National Teams based on WSDC 2008 – 2010 are displayed in the following format – Country, Total wins out of 24, Total judges out of 72

  1. England, 24, 64
  2. Australia, 22, 62
  3. Canada, 22, 62
  4. New Zealand, 22, 61
  5. Singapore, 20, 61
  6. South Africa, 20, 57
  7. Greece, 20, 56
  8. Slovenia, 19, 53
  9. Pakistan, 18, 56
  10. Ireland, 17, 50
  11. South Korea, 16, 50
  12. Wales, 16, 49
  13. Israel, 16, 49
  14. Netherlands, 16, 48
  15. Scotland, 15, 48
  16. Hong Kong, 15, 46.5
  17. Sri Lanka, 14, 41
  18. Peru, 13, 40
  19. UAE, 12, 42
  20. China, 12, 39
  21. India, 12, 38
  22. Philippines, 12, 35
  23. Mexico, 12, 35
  24. Qatar, 12, 35
  25. Argentina, 12, 33
  26. Malaysia, 12, 27
  27. Bangladesh, 11, 32
  28. Botswana, 10.5, 28.5
  29. Indonesia, 10, 33
  30. USA, 10, 31
  31. Estonia, 10, 28
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