There can be little doubt of Sydney FC’s stature in Australian sport with the Sky Blues out-ranking all other Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League sides in the first annual Australasia’s Best Sporting Team (ABST) rankings revealed today.
Both Sydney FC’s Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League squads ranked in the top 25, with Melbourne Victory’s Hyundai A-League squad the only other football team on the list sitting in 24th.
Sydney FC’s Hyundai A-League Champions sit in 4th, while the Sky Blues’ Westfield W-League Champions sit in 18th, as Melbourne Storm claimed first place in the awards presented by Platinum Asset Management (Platinum) and GAIN LINE Analytics (GAIN LINE).
The awards stem from countless hours of analytics from the period 2015 to 2019.
Every game in every sport in Australasia that has a home and away or equivalent season involving Australian and New Zealand teams was analysed over the period.
Sydney FC Head Coach Steve Corica said the club’s ranking was a clear indicator of Sydney FC’s dominance in the footballing landscape of Australia.
“To see Sydney FC ranked above clubs such as current AFL Champions the Richmond Tigers and NRL Champions the Sydney Roosters shows how dominant and successful we are,” he said.
“Winning has always been a part of Sydney FC since the first season and I’ve experienced that winning culture as both a player and Head Coach.
“It’s an honour to be ranked in the top five best sporting teams in Australasia and long may that success continue.”
To be considered for the Best Team award a team must have played in each of the last five seasons.
For each team in the competition, their win/loss record is looked at season by season, along with their position within the competition. More recent years are weighted more highly, as is the win-loss record, over the position.
To view the full Top 25 list click here - www.platinum.com.au/abst2019