PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz are the Caribbean Football Union’s No 1 team for the fourth month in a row after climbing one spot up the FIFA world rankings on Wednesday.
The new FIFA Coca Cola rankings released on Wednesday showed the Jamaicans up to 77th while their nearest regional rivals, Trinidad and Tobago, dipped one place to 85th and the latest world ratings also created several adjustments among the region’s top 10 teams.
Cuba dipped from fourth to sixth, allowing Guyana and Antigua & Barbuda to each climb one place up to fourth and fifth, respectively.
Barbados also suffered a two-place drop — on the regional chart — to ninth while Grenada stepped up to seventh and Bermuda to eighth.
The Jamaicans, who surrendered a 1-0 lead late and lost 1-2 to Argentina in a friendly a month ago in Mar Del Plata, have led the CFU list almost every month since winning the Digicel Caribbean Championship in December 2008.
T&T were No 1 in June and September last year, the only break in Jamaica’s dominance.
Haiti, up five places on the world list to 90th, retain third position in the CFU, while Guyana moved up to fourth with a six-place jump to 120th in the world and Antigua & Barbuda claimed fifth spot in the region with a move from 127th to 123rd in the world.
Grenada, 133rd in the world, are nine places behind Cuba and three ahead of Bermuda (136th) on the world list and Barbados slid to ninth in the CFU after a 13-place drop to 141st in the world.
Suriname maintained their place in the CFU’s top frame at 10th with a 143rd world rating, eight ahead of St Kitts and Nevis, who are 11th in the CFU and 151st in the world.
The USA’s reign as CONCACAF’s No 1 team ended after 15 consecutive months when they slipped four places down to 18th and Mexico moved past them with a two-spot climb to 14th.
Honduras (35th) are third and Costa Rica (44th) fourth in CONCACAF, followed by Canada (62nd) and El Salvador (72nd).
Jamaica displaced Panama (78th) in CONCACAF’s seventh position with T&T ninth and Haiti 10th.
There is no change among the world’s top brass with Spain retaining the No 1 spot ahead of Brazil, with the Netherlands third and Italy fourth.
Germany improved one place to fifth ahead of Portugal and France, while England moved up one place to eighth, relegating Argentina to ninth.
Latest Caribbean Football Union (CFU) rankings (world rating in bracket):
1 Jamaica (77)
2 Trinidad & Tobago (85)
3 Haiti (90)
4 Guyana (120)
5 Antigua & Barbuda (123)
6 Cuba (124)
7 Grenada (133)
8 Bermuda (136)
9 Barbados (141)
10 Suriname (143)
11 St Kitts & Nevis (151)
12 Netherlands Antilles (166)
13 Puerto Rico (167)
14 St Vincent & the Grenadines (168)
15 Bahamas (175)
16 Cayman Islands (178)
17 Dominica (185)
18=Turks & Caicos Islands (186)
18=St Lucia (186)
20 Dominican Republic (190)
21 British Virgin Islands (191)
22 Aruba (198)
23 US Virgin Islands (199)