World Roller Derby Rankings – Top 40s, Movers, Shakers.

There’s an understandable level of anticipation surrounding the announcement of the next WFTDA Rankings, in a week or so’s time, as they have the material effect of determining who makes it to WFTDA Playoffs. (Even if teams decline the invitation, then the ranking still determines who filters in from the bottom to replace them.)

Similar excitement, of course, surrounds the MRDA rankings, and all of the National rankings and placements which are slowly being announced as the various National seasons draw to a close (Finland’s is determined this weekend, for example).

However, sometimes it is interesting to take a more Global view. Not all the best teams in the world are members of WFTDA or MRDA, and of course, few rating or ranking schemes attempt to transcend gender in comparing Men’s to Women’s to Junior derby (or even recognise the existence of Coed/OpenToAll derby at all!).

This lack is one reason why we developed the SRDRank rating and ranking system (the other reason being the lack of ratings or coverage for Latin America). While you all wait to see who gets to go to WFTDA Playoffs, we’re going to indulge ourselves by working on that Global scale.

(Sadly, as SRDRank depends on records in Flat Track Stats, some teams may be unfairly represented here, as they simply don’t bother uploading data to FTS. We’re actively working on this ourselves, but we really need the teams themselves to engage as well – especially, sadly, in those Latin American regions which are also unfairly lacking in coverage.)

All of the top X listings can be viewed (and interactively manipulated) via our SRDRank main page (which also provides a map view, and score predictions, for both SRDRank and WFTDA), which is also prettier!

Let’s start with the potentially most controversial result… the Global (All Gender) Rankings for 4 July 2017, Top 50. This covers both A and B teams, which matters only a little bit – most of the teams in the Top 50 are A teams. Blue is Men’s teams, and Green is Women.

(We should note, and the main SRDRank clique analysis makes clear, that the relative rankings of Mens and Women’s teams are the least certain thing here – perhaps more Men’s teams should play Women’s teams, and help to improve our data here 😉 )

1 Saint Louis GateKeepers 6.102
2 Your Mom Men’s Roller Derby 5.936
3 Bridgetown Roller Derby 5.826
4 Victorian Roller Derby League 5.653
5 Southern Discomfort Roller Derby 5.625
6 Gotham Girls Roller Derby 5.562
7 Rose City Rollers 5.467
8 Angel City Derby Girls 5.449
9 San Diego Aftershocks 5.377
10 Texas Men’s Roller Derby 5.357
11 Denver Roller Derby 5.223
12 Texas Rollergirls 5.103
13 Puget Sound Outcast Derby 5.068
14 Pennsylvania All-Stars Roller Derby 4.997
15 London Rollergirls 4.980
16 Arch Rival Roller Derby 4.974
17 Magic City Misfits 4.856
18 Minnesota RollerGirls 4.847
19 Jacksonville Roller Derby 4.776
20 New York Shock Exchange 4.749
21 Tyne & Fear Roller Derby 4.736
22 The Vancouver Murder 4.699
23 Roller Derby Toulouse (Men’s) 4.641
24 Atlanta Rollergirls 4.606
25 Crime City Rollers 4.588
26 Montreal Roller Derby 4.556
27 Bay Area Derby 4.552
28 Lincolnshire Rolling Thunder 4.475
29 Rat City Roller Girls 4.470
30 Roller Derby Toulouse (Women’s) 4.459
31 ThunderQuads Roller Derby Masculino 4.330
32 Philadelphia Hooligans 4.314
33 Rainy City Roller Derby 4.291
34 Denver Roller Derby (Men’s) 4.282
35 Helsinki Roller Derby 4.275
36 Mass Maelstrom Roller Derby 4.265
37 Stockholm Roller Derby 4.242
38 Manchester Roller Derby (Men’s) 4.220
39 Dallas Derby Devils 4.201
40 Philly Roller Derby 4.183
41 Tampa Roller Derby 4.173
42 Panam Squad 4.101
43 Tampa Bay Men’s Roller Derby 4.033
44 Detroit Roller Derby 4.022
45 Victoria Mens Roller Derby 4.004
46 Oklahoma Men’s Roller Derby 3.971
47 Race City Rebels 3.951
48 Team Gold (Bay Area Derby B) 3.929
49 Oly Rollers 3.893
50 Santa Cruz Derby Girls 3.883

Given the uncertainty in gender relative rankings, we should also look at the ratings for just Mens and just Women’s derby.
Starting with the Men (because there’s less of them) – the parenthesis shows their ranking in the Global standings above.

1 (1) Saint Louis GateKeepers 6.102
2 (2) Your Mom Men’s Roller Derby 5.936
3 (3) Bridgetown Roller Derby 5.826
4 (5) Southern Discomfort Roller Derby 5.625
5 (9) San Diego Aftershocks 5.377
6 (10) Texas Men’s Roller Derby 5.357
7 (13) Puget Sound Outcast Derby 5.068
8 (17) Magic City Misfits 4.856
9 (20) New York Shock Exchange 4.749
10 (21) Tyne & Fear Roller Derby 4.736
11 (22) The Vancouver Murder 4.699
12 (23) Roller Derby Toulouse (Men’s) 4.641
13 (28) Lincolnshire Rolling Thunder 4.475
14 (31) ThunderQuads Roller Derby Masculino 4.330
15 (32) Philadelphia Hooligans 4.314
16 (34) Denver Roller Derby (Men’s) 4.282
17 (36) Mass Maelstrom Roller Derby 4.265
18 (38) Manchester Roller Derby (Men’s) 4.220
19 (42) Panam Squad 4.101
20 (43) Tampa Bay Men’s Roller Derby 4.033
21 (45) Victoria Mens Roller Derby 4.004
22 (46) Oklahoma Men’s Roller Derby 3.971
23 (47) Race City Rebels 3.951
24 (52) Austin Anarchy Men’s Roller Derby 3.877
25 (55) Dakota Men’s Roller Derby 3.818
26 (58) Deskarriados Roller Derby 3.781
27 (60) Montreal Men’s Roller Derby 3.744
28 (62) Minnesota Men’s Roller Derby 3.720
29 (70) The Skaters Grim 3.608
30 (75) Toronto Men’s Roller Derby 3.593
31 (77) Chinook City Roller Derby (Men’s) 3.584
32 (81) Drive-By City Rollers 3.498
33 (82) Sioux City Kornstalkers 3.490
34 (83) Carolina Wreckingballs Derby Team 3.460
35 (84) Orcet Roller Derby Wolfgang 3.455
36 (87) Bototos Bandidos 3.397
37 (89) Warren Track Rollers 3.390
38 (90) Wheels of Mayhem 3.374
39 (93) Sydney City SMASH Men’s Derby 3.371
40 (97) Mild Discomfort (Southern Discomfort B) 3.360
41 (100) Killer Apes from Outer Space 3.333
42 (103) Cincinnati Battering Rams Men’s Roller Derby 3.314
43 (106) Dow Jones Average (NYSE B) 3.285
44 (112) Tampere Rollin’ Bros 3.222
45 (124) Collision Roller Derby 3.156
46 (126) B-Keepers (St Louis Gatekeepers B) 3.143
47 (128) Oxford Men’s Roller Derby 3.137
48 (131) Lane County Concussion 3.103
49 (133) Derby Club le Crès Lattes Montpellier (Men’s) 3.095
50 (134) South Wales Silures 3.075

and then the Women:

1 (4) Victorian Roller Derby League 5.653
2 (6) Gotham Girls Roller Derby 5.562
3 (7) Rose City Rollers 5.467
4 (8) Angel City Derby Girls 5.449
5 (11) Denver Roller Derby 5.223
6 (12) Texas Rollergirls 5.103
7 (14) Pennsylvania All-Stars Roller Derby 4.997
8 (15) London Rollergirls 4.980
9 (16) Arch Rival Roller Derby 4.974
10 (18) Minnesota RollerGirls 4.847
11 (19) Jacksonville Roller Derby 4.776
12 (24) Atlanta Rollergirls 4.606
13 (25) Crime City Rollers 4.588
14 (26) Montreal Roller Derby 4.556
15 (27) Bay Area Derby 4.552
16 (29) Rat City Roller Girls 4.470
17 (30) Roller Derby Toulouse (Women’s) 4.459
18 (33) Rainy City Roller Derby 4.291
19 (35) Helsinki Roller Derby 4.275
20 (37) Stockholm Roller Derby 4.242
21 (39) Dallas Derby Devils 4.201
22 (40) Philly Roller Derby 4.183
23 (41) Tampa Roller Derby 4.173
24 (44) Detroit Roller Derby 4.022
25 (48) Team Gold (Bay Area Derby B) 3.929
26 (49) Oly Rollers 3.893
27 (50) Santa Cruz Derby Girls 3.883
28 (51) Middlesbrough Roller Derby 3.879
29 (53) Team United Roller Derby 3.857
30 (54) Paris Rollergirls 3.849
31 (56) Queen City Roller Girls 3.812
32 (57) Terminal City Rollergirls 3.804
33 (59) Queen Bees (Victorian B) 3.748
34 (61) Kallio Rolling Rainbow 3.742
35 (63) Elitserien (Crime City Rollers’ National tournament team) 3.710
36 (64) Axles of Annihilation (Rose City B) 3.709
37 (65) Arizona Roller Derby 3.704
38 (66) Perth Roller Derby 3.674
39 (67) Queen B’s (Helsinki B) 3.671
40 (68) Boston Roller Derby 3.670
41 (69) Tender Hooligans (Rainy City B) 3.645
42 (71) 2×4 Roller Derby 3.607
43 (72) Sailor City Rollers 3.605
44 (73) Rocky Mountain Rollergirls 3.598
45 (74) Lille Roller Girls 3.594
46 (76) Windy City Rollers 3.587
47 (78) Wall Street Traitors (Gotham B) 3.539
48 (79) Mad Rollin’ Dolls Roller Derby 3.512
49 (80) Ann Arbor Derby Dimes 3.505
50 (85) Rage City Rollergirls 3.440

The striking thing for us is how international both rankings are – with the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe and Latin America all appearing in the listing somewhere. For the Women’s ranking, it should be no surprise to see non-WFTDA member, Roller Derby Toulouse, sitting at #17, given their performance in the French Nationale.
Oly Rollers (who do still play WFTDA rules derby, but just don’t turn up to WFTDA playoffs) might be more of a surprise at #26!

Sadly, there’s not enough Coed/OTA derby tracked by FTS to provide a Top 50 – and the OTA teams are also geographically siloed – teams in the UK only play UK teams, and so on. We suspect that this is partly also due to poor recording of actual coed/OTA derby when it happens – so you can help us fix that by letting us know when you play a bout, and what the result is!

On Page 2, we’ll cover the big movers in the rankings in the last few months.

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