Blake Haydn wrote:
So, I think I would prefer to stay with full national teams for each sport.
I agree. I have a few in mind: Inline Hockey, Ball Hockey, Street Hockey, Sepak Takraw. By the way, great job adding kabaddi, how many people are working on this site?
Maybe Gaelic Football, or Shinty.
I don't think Shinty and Gaelic Football are played at an international level besides the annual shinty-hurling match (Ireland vs Scotland) and international rules football match (Ireland vs Australia), but correct me if I'm wrong.
I would actually like to see the international football match rated in with Australian Rules football rankings, at a higher weight of course. I would also like to see shinty-hurling weighted higher and mix it with lacrosse, but this is probably too much of a stretch.
For the sports mentioned at the bottom - I don't like to mix different sports, so I wouldn't feel comfortable doing this. Despite their similarities, lacrosse/shinty/hurling are all different sports, as are Aussie Rules/Gaelic Football/International Rules. For this reason, until Australia put together an international team for Aussie Rules, they will not appear on the ranking. I'd thought about how to get Australia into the ranking before, but couldn't find a satisfactory way to do so. New Zealand played Aussie Rules against Australian states back in the 1920s, so it's possible to get an idea of the relative strength of, say, Victoria (the best Australian state of the time), and make Victoria's ranking Australia's ranking. However, the vast amount of time that has passed since these games makes any conclusion about their current ranking dubious.
For the 4 sports you mentioned to add:
Sepak Takraw - too difficult to find historical results. For this reason, it's impossible to build up a meaningful database of results on which to base a ranking.
Inline Hockey - 2 different governing bodies (IIHF and FIRS), playing 2 different versions of the game. So, I'd have to create 2 separate rankings. Colombia, for example, play inline hockey (under FIRS) but are not members of IIHF.
Ball Hockey/Street Hockey - From what I can see by looking at the ISBHF site, there is the "Street & Ball Hockey World Championship", which suggests that these 2 sports are the same. Is this correct? At least, I could not find any international championships for street hockey alone.
There's also a sport called skater hockey - but it's played by only 9 or 10 countries worldwide.
To answer your question - I work on this site alone. Hence I have to be very careful how many sports I add :-) Of course, if anyone can direct me to historical results resources, I will be happy to add more sports. But I simply don't have enough time to conduct extensive research into adding results archives for more sports at the moment.
For any new sports, I would like to have all results from international championships (men & women) back to at least 2005, and back to 2000 if possible. All sports on my site go back to 2000, with the exception of curling, which dates back only to 2005 results (due to unavailability of full results from earlier).