This is a quick intro to a series of different ranking methods for FIVB beach teams. Exploring which teams might be the top 16 teams playing in the new FIVB beach events, Elite 16. The announcement made in October gives the top 16 teams in the world (per gender) the opportunity to play against each other more often. “The Elite16 competition is the highest level of the Beach Pro Tour with the top 16 teams per gender of the world in fierce competition to maintain their position within this group.” https://en.volleyballworld.com/beachvolleyball/competitions/beach-pro-tour-2022/news/volleyball-world-announces-beach-pro-tour
Who are the top 16 teams? With partnerships changing this post will only observe the teams which have played in tournaments from 2019 & 2021. This post will be using Elo ranking methods. The Elo ranking will consider 2019 season, 2021 season, then combined 2019&2021 season. Only teams which played in at least 3 tournaments are considered.