Finally, it’s here – based solely on objective results and final rankings at the major events – including the age-group championships – the new Water Polo ranking system provides reliable data to be used for seedings at draws of LEN championships’ future editions. The aim is to offer a clear view on how nations and clubs have fared in European competitions in recent years.
The European Water Polo Championships offer the highest number of points, the gold medal winning side earns 15,000, while the others receive less and less according to a descending algorithm which takes into account the number of participating teams. The National Federation of the respective winners of the men’s and women’s U19 championships are awarded with 5,000 and points are also allocated at the U17 and U15 events.
Similarly, clubs can earn points in all European competitions – the Champions League winner is credited with 15,000 points, the Euro Cup gives 7,500 and the Challenger Cup 2,000. All participating teams shall earn points, even those playing the qualifications, though of course only a fraction of the amount the winners bag.
The points remain on the NF’s and clubs’ respective accounts for four years – the last two years are accounted with 100%, while the previous two years will appear with 50% of the original value.
There will be six rankings: four for the countries, national teams and cumulative club ranks (men and women) and two for the clubs (men and women). These shall be used for seedings for the draws at the championships and for quota allocations in the club competitions.
You will find the link to the rankings here: