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Here's the full table of results, with the total number of points assigned by the model and the number of national teams (out of the 55 in the model) represented in the league.

Like all attempts at ranking national leagues this has flaws. Leagues with very good national teams but that do not import many foreigners are probably under-scored. For example, the Brazilian league neither employs many Brazil national team players (because they're all good enough to play in top leagues) nor many others (because it's not a destination league) so it gets few points. Also, domestic leagues that feed the bulk of middling national teams are probably overscored. For example, the entire 23-man roster of the United Arab Emirates national team plays in the UAE domestic league, and that large chunk of players inflates its score. But these aren't issues in the top 12 leagues.

And the model has advantages. Unlike those that count on international club competition it does not rate just the top teams. Unlike those that use friendlies it only includes competitive rosters. The values given for players are proportional to the quality of national team. So it's probably as good a model as you'll find that can handle every domestic league in the world.

Rating PointsLEAGUE# Nationalities
8493Premier League/FA39
5164Bundesliga33
4901Serie A (Italy)29
4089La Liga (Spain)27
2678France23
2268Russia18
2058Turkey14
1601Ukraine12
1526Liga MX9
1500Portugal13
1428Netherlands14
1092MLS9
884Switzerland10
884Brazil6
676UAE3
644Belgium12
642Greece8
602Japan3
561Egypt1
533Argentina4
Full data here
Please find link for the full article: http://www.sounderatheart.com/2014/6/5/5782894/mls-gains-ground-in-league-rankings
 
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Interesting, but of course as you said...has it's flaws. It starts with the top four, as just about everyone would agree that the Bundesliga is fourth, possibly third, but certainly not second. And La Liga is at worst 2nd. MLS is a bit over rated in this, probably because we have plenty of Concacaf national teamers.
 

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to their credit CONCACAF is becoming stronger as a whole
 

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Interesting, but of course as you said...has it's flaws. It starts with the top four, as just about everyone would agree that the Bundesliga is fourth, possibly third, but certainly not second. And La Liga is at worst 2nd. MLS is a bit over rated in this, probably because we have plenty of Concacaf national teamers.
La Liga, as a league, isn't that great.

La Liga as 2 teams (and last year 3 teams) is great....but a league is more than 2 teams...
 
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La Liga, as a league, isn't that great.

La Liga as 2 teams (and last year 3 teams) is great....but a league is more than 2 teams...
The only reason La Liga is a two horse race is because Barca and Real Madrid are just that good. Put those two in the EPL and it becomes a 2 horse race.
 

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Interesting, but of course as you said...has it's flaws. It starts with the top four, as just about everyone would agree that the Bundesliga is fourth, possibly third, but certainly not second. And La Liga is at worst 2nd. MLS is a bit over rated in this, probably because we have plenty of Concacaf national teamers.
But CONCACAF as a whole is under-rated.

I'd contend the improvement of the region and MLS go hand in hand. As MLS grows stronger, it will continue to raise the bar for the federation.
 
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