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  • Ranking CONCACAF (2017-2018)

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    The question
    The CONCACAF (i.e., federation of North and Central America and the Caribbean) saw the need for a fair and transparent ranking. This ranking should be used for a fair and transparent draw, placement and seeding for their events. In addition, the CONCACAF had the ambition to change the competition structure to make football more attractive. This is why they have asked Hypercube to develop a new competition structure as well as a new ranking system.

    Hypercube’s advice
    The new ranking is based on the zero-sum system. This type of ranking has the advantage that it is reliable, even when not all countries have played against each other. This is an important feature for the CONCACAF as due to large differences in size of the countries (e.g., USA and Haiti), not all teams will face each other. The zero-sum system enables to rank countries that have never played against each other correctly, making the ranking usable for the earlier described objectives.

    Impact
    The new ranking was developed and is hosted by Hypercube. For the Nations League, the ranking is used for drawing, placement and seeding. Countries are satisfied.