Sepaktakraw fans are no exception to this rule, but the lack of a defined international circuit has, until now, prevented true comparisons to be made between the sport's greatest exponents.
With the advent of the ISTAF World Cup and the ISTAF Super Series, this is all about to change. Inspired by statistics-rich exploration of playing performance in other sports, a brand new Sepaktakraw World Ranking system will, for the first time, be introduced to determine the world's greatest teams and players.
The new World Ranking system will not, however, be limited solely to a conventional team-based international ranking index. Employing a state-of-the-art electronic data collection system (which has been successfully used at several international multi-sport games such as the Asian Games and the Asian Beach Games), comprehensive tournament data and statistics, based on a host of wide-ranging parameters, will be constantly collected and processed. The new World Ranking system will instead encompass, and present, an extensive variety of toumament performance measurements and indicators.
All processed data will be available to the general public, so that one thing is sure, however: it will only fuel the debates among die-hard Sepaktakraw fans. This system will also be mirrored by a performance ranking index for all players and teams, reflecting their performances in the ISTAF Super Series.