Wikipedia:WikiProject Football/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment department of the WikiProject on Football, which focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's Association football related articles. The resulting article ratings are used within the project to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work, and are also expected to play a role in the WP:1.0 programme.

The assessment is done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject Football}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Football articles by quality and Category:Football articles by importance, which serve as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.


See also the general assessment FAQ.
1. What is the purpose of the article ratings?
The rating system allows the project to monitor the quality of articles in our subject areas, and to prioritize work on these articles. It is also utilized by the Wikipedia 1.0 program to prepare for static releases of Wikipedia content. Please note, however, that these ratings are primarily intended for the internal use of the project, and do not necessarily imply any official standing within Wikipedia as a whole.
2. How do I add an article to the WikiProject?
Just add {{WikiProject Football}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else.
3. Someone put a {{WikiProject Football}} template on an article, but it doesn't seem to be within the project's scope. What should I do?
Because of the large number of articles we deal with, we occasionally make mistakes and add tags to articles that shouldn't have them. If you notice one, feel free to remove the tag, and optionally leave a note on the talk page of this department (or directly with the person who tagged the article).
4. Who can assess articles?
Any member of the football WikiProject is free to add—or change—the rating of an article. Editors who are not participants in this project are also welcome to assess articles, but should defer to consensus within the project in case of procedural disputes.
5. How do I rate an article?
Check the and select the level that best matches the state of the article; then, follow the below to add the rating to the project banner on the article's talk page.
6. Can I request that someone else rate an article?
Of course; to do so, please list it in the below.
7. Why didn't the reviewer leave any comments?
Unfortunately, due to the volume of articles that need to be assessed, we are unable to leave detailed comments in most cases. If you have particular questions, you might ask the person who assessed the article; they will usually be happy to provide you with their reasoning.
8. Where can I get more comments about an article?
People at Wikipedia:Peer Review can conduct a more thorough examination of articles; please submit it for review there, or ask for comments on the main project discussion page.
9. What if I don't agree with a rating?
You can list it in the below, and someone will take a look at it. Alternately, you can ask any member of the project to rate the article again.
10. Aren't the ratings subjective?
Yes, they are somewhat subjective, but it's the best system we've been able to devise. If you have a better idea, please don't hesitate to let us know!
11. What if I have a question not listed here?
If your question concerns the article assessment process specifically, please refer to the discussion page for this department; for any other issues, you can go to the main project discussion page.


Quality assessment[]

An article's quality assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{WikiProject Football}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Football|class=???}}

The following values may be used for the class parameter to describe the quality of the article (see Wikipedia:Content assessment for assessment criteria):

FA (for featured articles only; adds articles to Category:FA-Class football articles) Featured article FA 
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class football articles) A-Class article A 
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class football articles)  GA 
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class football articles) B-Class article B 
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class football articles) C-Class article C 
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class football articles) Start-Class article Start 
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class football articles) Stub-Class article Stub 
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class football articles) Featured list FL 
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class football articles)  List 

For non-standard grades and non-mainspace content, the following values may be used for the class parameter:

Book (for Wikipedia books; adds pages to Category:Book-Class football articles) Wikipedia Book Book 
Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class football articles) Category page Category 
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class football articles) Disambiguation page Disambig 
Draft (for drafts; adds pages to Category:Draft-Class football articles)  Draft 
File (for files and timed text; adds pages to Category:File-Class football articles)  File 
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class football articles)  Portal 
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class football articles)  Project 
Redirect (for redirect pages; adds pages to Category:Redirect-Class football articles) Redirect page Redirect 
Template (for templates and modules; adds pages to Category:Template-Class football articles)  Template 
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class football articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed football articles)  ??? 

Importance assessment[]

An article's importance assessment is generated from the importance parameter in the {{WikiProject Football}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Football|importance=???}}

The following values may be used for the importance parameter to describe the relative importance of the article within the project (see Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Priority of topic for assessment criteria):

Top (adds articles to Category:Top-importance football articles)  Top 
High (adds articles to Category:High-importance football articles)  High 
Mid (adds articles to Category:Mid-importance football articles)  Mid 
Low (adds articles to Category:Low-importance football articles)  Low 
NA (adds articles to Category:NA-importance football articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid importance rating has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unknown-importance football articles)  ??? 

Quality scale[]

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance scale[]

Article importance grading scheme
Label Base criteria Football-related criteria Examples
Top Article is extremely important, even crucial, to its specific field. Reserved for articles that have achieved international notability within its subject or field. Articles strictly related to the game: rules of the game, positions, confederations, etc. Association football
Offside (football)
High Article is extremely notable, but has not achieved international notability, or is only notable within a particular continent. Teams with international notability. Top-level leagues, awards and competitions. Top-rated world-class players and managers. AFC Ajax
Cristiano Ronaldo
UEFA Champions League
Mid Article is only notable within its particular field or subject and has achieved notability in a particular place or area. Teams with nationwide notability. Players or managers that have participated at international level or in a top-level league. Mid-level leagues. A.S. Roma
Swiss Super League
Gareth Barry
Low Subject is not particularly notable or significant even within its field of study. It may only be included to cover a specific part of a notable article. Any other player, manager or team. Football-related lists, season articles. Leek Town F.C.
Roberto Biffi
List of Arsenal F.C. players


Current status[]

The proportion of all articles with an assessed project banner is:

98.3% assessed (estimate: some more article talk pages may still need a banner)


The proportion of all articles with known importance is:

85.5% known importance (estimate: some more articles may still need importance to be assessed)


FIFA national football teams coloured by article class (25 December 2016)

Requests for assessment[]

If you have made significant changes to an article and would like an outside opinion on a new rating for it, please feel free to list it below. If you are interested in more extensive comments on an article, please use Wikipedia:Peer review instead.









  • Marcus Rashford - unassessed, the page has gone under many edits from many editors (including myself) since its creation so I believe its time it was assessed. F4JPhantomII (talk) 17:12, 15 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Hekari United - Assessed as stub class but I've done a huge overhaul and is way more than that at this stage. Thanks. MrMarkBGregory (talk) 17:56, 28 April 2019 (UTC)
 Done Bumped to C-class Matt294069 (talk) 23:15, 5 May 2019 (UTC)
  • Dundalk F.C., the page has been completely overhauled and brought up to date with citations from Irish Newspaper Archives added to all historical information. Hoping to ultimately achieve FA if possible - Cheers! Daniel Sexton, 6 May 2019 (UTC)
 Done Has been done already so well done on the GA HawkAussie (talk) 03:46, 25 June 2019 (UTC)

for all of these 6 I have been a major editor, so feel that i'm too close to make any change to assessment class. Cheers. Matilda Maniac (talk) 15:17, 28 May 2019 (UTC)


  • Kevin Cossette, found this page as a stub with one source. Recently fixed it up, adding much more thorough detail and multiple references and citiations. RedPatchBoy (talk) 14:19, 29 August 2020 (UTC)
 Done rated start class. REDMAN 2019 (talk) 14:24, 29 August 2020 (UTC)
  • New York Generals, found this page as a stub with no sources. Recently performed a large edit on it, added several references and in-line citations. Think it may qualify for more than stub-class at this point. Thanks! JJonahJackalope (talk) 06:33, 8 February 2020 (UTC)
 Done start class REDMAN 2019 (talk) 14:33, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Atlanta Chiefs, similar to above, performed a large overhaul on this page some time ago, think it may qualify for more than start-class. JJonahJackalope (talk) 06:39, 8 February 2020 (UTC)
 Done REDMAN 2019 (talk) 14:37, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
  • PAOK FC, performed a large edit on this page, added a lot of references, tables and tags. I'd be interested in a re-assessment and how to further improve it. Thanks! Abudabanas (talk) 18:12, 6 March 2020 (UTC)
 Done raised to B class and upped importance level to mid REDMAN 2019 (talk) 14:30, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Sportbrüder Leipzig, changed from a stub into a full-blown article. Lots of citations added and over 7,000 characters added. I'm struggling to find more info. on the team at all, so just curious whether you think it appropriate to rate this as a B-class article or not. Thanks in advance! () 02:43, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
I think this would most probably be a C-class article.Because as you said there is not much info to be found on this article which I don't think would be substantial enough however I would be interested to here others take on this. Until then I have changed its rating to a C-class REDMAN 2019 (talk) 14:34, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for the review. I've managed to find a bit more information by crawling through old newspapers, but I believe I've found all that I can now. I have taken a look at some B-class articles and they do seem to be substantially long, so I think I would agree with C for this. () 04:15, 10 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Ezgjan Alioski, yet to be reviewed despite playing at a high level - I think it is start class but I'd probably like somebody else's take on it SFletcher06 (talk) 14:04, 28 April 2020 (UTC)
 Done I would agree with start class for this one. REDMAN 2019 (talk) 16:09, 28 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Chris Katjiukua - I significantly expanded this article as part of The 1000 Destubbing Challenge and reassessed as a Start class, though I feel it is probably a C class. I never like to assess articles I've added significant amounts to so I would appreciate it somebody else have a look at it. SFletcher06 (talk) 16:57, 6 June 2020 (UTC)
 Done a bit borderline but I think this would qualify as a C-class. REDMAN 2019 (talk) 10:25, 7 June 2020 (UTC)
 Done nice work! I have upgraded it to start class. REDMAN 2019 (talk) 11:37, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
  • 2019 Allsvenskan Looks like it was assessed only at the beginning of the season, so it would be interesting to see how it fares now. Would be nice if one could also give a small rationale for the decided classification. --Mango från yttre rymden (talk) 13:55, 26 June 2020 (UTC)
Not done Only a borderline Start class. REDMAN 2019 (talk) 15:36, 8 July 2020 (UTC)
  • Detroit City FC - This has not been re-assessed since 2014. The club has gone professional since then and the article has been almost completely rewritten and sourced. Pirmas697 (talk) 14:35, 7 July 2020 (UTC)
 Done It has been rerated as C-class. REDMAN 2019 (talk) 15:36, 8 July 2020 (UTC)
  • 2020 Beijing Sinobo Guoan F.C. season - Have been continuously editing the article as the season progresses and the article is now filled with more details than when it was originally assessed. Would love to get a quick assessment and see how it matches up to the standards. Thank you!
It is currently rated "C-class" and I would agree with that after looking over the article. Cheers! REDMAN 2019 (talk) 11:36, 27 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Senegalese Football Federation - This article has almost entirely been rewritten and sourced over the last 6 months, with its scope, details, media and references dramatically expanded, compared to the time of its previous rating. I would love to have the article graded to see how it fairs. Thanks! Fzzey08 (talk) 05:29, 10 December 2020 (UTC)
 Done C-class. Nice work! REDMAN 2019 (talk) 15:52, 10 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Gustavo Hamer I have mostly rewritten this article since it was classed as a stub. It now has decent detail on all of his career. I think it needs updating from 'stub' class. Thanks. (talk) 23:12, 10 December 2020 (UTC)
 Done upped to Start class. REDMAN 2019 (talk) 19:07, 23 December 2020 (UTC)
  • FC Santa Claus, I've updated this article quite a bit, from an article with 2 references to 30+, since every year around this time it naturally attracts significant attention, including from news sites. Not a stub class anymore. RedPatchBoy (talk) 18:53, 23 December 2020 (UTC)
 Done just in C-class zone. REDMAN 2019 (talk) 19:07, 23 December 2020 (UTC)
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The full log of assessment changes for the past thirty days is available here.