Reggae Boyz take Positive Step in FIFA Rankings
Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz despite failing to win a single game in their opening three games of the CONCACAF Hexagonal Round World Cup qualifying tournament have moved up one place on the latest release of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings.
The Jamaicans who sit on two points after drawing with Mexico and Panama before losing to Costa Rica, are now the 53rd ranked side in the world.
The upward move sees the Reggae Boyz as the number one side in the Caribbean and the 6th ranked team in CONCACAF with Mexico 14 and the United States 28, the highest placed sides from the region on the rankings.
Panama 38, Costa Rica 47 and Honduras 52 are the other regional teams ahead of Jamaica.
Haiti, who will play World Cup holders Spain in an international friendly and who have dropped 10 places to 61 and Trinidad and Tobago 81 are the only other Caribbean teams inside the top 100.
The rankings in the meantime continue to be led by World and European champions Spain ahead of Germany, Argentina, Croatia and Portugal.
Colombia, England, Italy, the Netherlands and Ecuador round out the top 10 places.
World Cup hosts and five-time World Cup winners Brazil dropped to 19th on the list while Ghana at 22 are the highest placed African team.
The rankings are based on results over a four-year cycle and Brazil, which fell one place, dropped because it does not have to play in World Cup qualifying.
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