WSDC 2011 – Unofficial Adjusted 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.

Following yesterday’s post regarding raw world rankings of the top 31 teams, I have adjusted the world rankings to take into account all 48 teams that have been identified as taking part in WSDC 2011. There are some high ranking teams which have not be confirmed to be participating, I have chosen to include them in the list, especially if they appear likely to either be collecting funds or on the waiting list. I have however placed them in italics.

As with last time, I have used the same method that calculated last year’s team pre-tournament rankings, having removed WSDC 2007 results 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. To make calculations easier, I averaged the results to assume each national team debated at all three WSDCs between 2008 and 2010 and ranked them by the number of debates they have won and the number of judges they have received.

Adjusted in leiu of the participation list recently announced, the WSDC 2011 World Rankings are, 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
  32. Bermuda, 9, 30
  33. Germany, 9, 26
  34. Sweden, 9, 24
  35. Slovakia, 9, 22
  36. Kuwait, 8, 29
  37. Czech Republic, 8, 19
  38. Thailand, 7.5, 22.5
  39. Turkey, 7.5, 21
  40. Romania, 7, 25
  41. Lithuania, 6, 27
  42. Chile, 6, 27
  43. Nigeria, 3, 9
  44. Nepal, 3, 6
  45. Namibia, 1.5, 12
  46. Japan, 2, 7
  47. Croatia, 0, 6
  48. Barbados, 0, 0 [First Time Nation]

It remains unclear whether the organizers will go for 4 groups of 12 as is customary or 8 groups of 6 as was initiated at WSDC 2010 when structuring the draw. In the former, teams will debate 2 As, 2 Bs, 2 Cs and 2 Ds. In the latter, teams will debate 1 from A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H each. The two possible scenarios are considered below:

  1. A, A, England, 24, 64
  2. A, A, Australia, 22, 62
  3. A, A, Canada, 22, 62
  4. A, A, New Zealand, 22, 61
  5. A, A, Singapore, 20, 61
  6. A, A, South Africa, 20, 57
  7. A, B, Greece, 20, 56
  8. A, B, Slovenia, 19, 53
  9. A, B, Pakistan, 18, 56
  10. A, B, Ireland, 17, 50
  11. A, B, South Korea, 16, 50
  12. A, B, Wales, 16, 49
  13. B, C, Israel, 16, 49
  14. B, C, Netherlands, 16, 48
  15. B, C, Scotland, 15, 48
  16. B, C, Hong Kong, 15, 46.5
  17. B, C, Sri Lanka, 14, 41
  18. B, C, Peru, 13, 40
  19. B, D, UAE, 12, 42
  20. B, D, China, 12, 39
  21. B, D, India, 12, 38
  22. B, D, Philippines, 12, 35
  23. B, D, Mexico, 12, 35
  24. B, D, Qatar, 12, 35
  25. C, E, Argentina, 12, 33
  26. Malaysia, 12, 27
  27. C, E, Bangladesh, 11, 32
  28. Botswana, 10.5, 28.5
  29. C, E, Indonesia, 10, 33
  30. C, E, USA, 10, 31
  31. C, E, Estonia, 10, 28
  32. C, E, Bermuda, 9, 30
  33. C, F, Germany, 9, 26
  34. C, F, Sweden, 9, 24
  35. C, F, Slovakia, 9, 22
  36. C, F, Kuwait, 8, 29
  37. C, F, Czech Republic, 8, 19
  38. C, F, Thailand, 7.5, 22.5
  39. D, G, Turkey, 7.5, 21
  40. D, G, Romania, 7, 25
  41. D, G, Lithuania, 6, 27
  42. D, G, Chile, 6, 27
  43. D, G, Nigeria, 3, 9
  44. D, G, Nepal, 3, 6
  45. D, H, Namibia, 1.5, 12
  46. D, H, Japan, 2, 7
  47. D, H, Croatia, 0, 6
  48. D, H, Barbados, 0, 0 [First Time Nation]
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