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Soca Warriors slip in Fifa rankings

Late World Cup 2018 qualifiers rise ahead of draw
Published: 
Friday, November 24, 2017
Former Soca Warriors captain Kenwyne Jones is tackled by a Jamaican opponent. T&T slid below Jamaica in the Fifa and CFU rankings, which were released yesterday.

After achieving a jump of 16 places in the October 2017 rankings, T&T has dropped six spots to 89th in this month’s Fifa/Coca Cola rankings.

The Soca Warriors’ drop comes following two underwhelming draws against Grenada and Guyana on the two Fifa dates in November.

The Dennis Lawrence-coached team which has been unsuccessful in qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Russia is now 9th in the Concacaf region and sits behind the likes of Jamaica, 54th overall, Haiti (57th), and Curacao (84th) in the Caribbean.

St Kitts and Nevis (113th), Antigua and Barbuda (140th) and Barbados (154th) are the next closest ranked Caribbean teams.

Mexico continues to lead the way in Concacaf with an overall world ranking of 16th while the USA moved up three spots since their last ranking to sit at 24th despite their failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Costa Rica (26th), Jamaica, Panama (56th) and Honduras (70th) are all in the confederation’s top ten.

This is the final Fifa ranking before the draw for the Russia World Cup takes place on December 1 in Moscow and the conclusion of 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers have made their mark on the latest world ranking.

Senegal and the winners of the European zone play-offs among the biggest climbers.

The Lions of Teranga have, in fact, risen to 23rd—their highest-ever position on the global ladder—on the back of securing a first World Cup place since 2002. They are now the top-ranked African nation, having leapfrogged fellow Russia 2018 qualifiers Tunisia (27th, up 1) and Egypt (31st, down 1).

Europe’s play-off kings are also on the up, with Switzerland (8th, up 3), Denmark (12th, up 7), Croatia (17th, up 1) and Sweden (18th, up 7) having climbed a combined total of 18 places. The Swiss have, as a result, returned to the top ten, while the Swedes earned this edition’s highest points total following their 1-0 aggregate win over four-time world champions Italy.

The ranking’s top five—Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium all maintained their positions from the October edition.