A dynasty is forming at Sydney FC as the Sky Blues continue to out-rank all other A-League sides and all but two other sports teams on the continent in the second annual Australasia’s Best Sporting Team (ABST) rankings revealed today.
Claiming back-to-back A-League Championships has seen Sydney FC improve on it’s 2019 ranks, to become the third best sporting club out of 152 in the region.
It’s a move from fourth to third in what has been a dominant period in the club’s history, and also puts the club as number one in New South Wales across all codes.
The Sky Blues’ Westfield W-League stars are ranked second highest amongst the Westfield W-League clubs and 21st overall, with Sydney FC being the only club to have two sides sitting in the list of Top 25 teams; fantastic achievement for the club.
Melbourne Storm held onto their first placed ranking from 2019 to take out the top award presented by Platinum Asset Management (Platinum) and GAIN LINE Analytics (GAIN LINE).
The awards stem from countless hours of analytics over a five-year rolling period, with every game in every sport in Australasia that has a home and away season involving Australian and New Zealand teams analysed.
Sydney FC Head Coach Steve Corica said the ranking showed the dominance of the Sky Blues’ in Australian football.
“To be considered the third best sporting team in Australasia is a huge honour for Sydney FC,” he said.
“This recognition shows the culture embedded in the club and is a just celebration of our dominance across the A-League and Westfield W-League over the last five years.
“As a club we always strive to be the best and I’m confident that continued success will only see us build on this ranking in the years ahead.”
To be considered for the Best Team award, a team must have played in each of the last 5 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. This recognises consistency over seasons as opposed to the one-off nature of finals.