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VI rise to 202 in FIFA Rankings

-Despite recent defeats
November 28th, 2014 | Tags: FIFA Rankings Football Cayman Islands Anguilla
The VI climbed one place in the latest FIFA Rankings to 202. Photo: VINO/File
St Vincent who beat the VI during the 40th Anniversary celebrations sit at 118th in FIFA and 16th in CONCACAF. Photo: VINO/File
St Vincent who beat the VI during the 40th Anniversary celebrations sit at 118th in FIFA and 16th in CONCACAF. Photo: VINO/File
Action between St. Vincent and the VI in the recent BVI Football Association's 40th Anniversary celebrations. Photo: VINO/File
Action between St. Vincent and the VI in the recent BVI Football Association's 40th Anniversary celebrations. Photo: VINO/File
More action from the game. Photo: VINO/File
More action from the game. Photo: VINO/File
Battling for possession! Photo: VINO/File
Battling for possession! Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Despite a recent string of poor results, the Virgin Islands has climbed one place in the latest FIFA Rankings to 202, and also stay ahead of the Cayman Islands and Anguilla in the CONCACAF standings.

The loss to St Vincent, coupled with San Marino claiming its first ever FIFA Rankings points, had threatened to see the BVI slip further down the Rankings, but such is the complexity of calculations included in the table, the point gained saw them lift a place to be equal with Andorra.

The USVI remain slightly better off in the latest lists with their 197th position.

Antigua & Barbuda has slipped to 80th on the latest FIFA Coca Cola Rankings and is now fifth in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU). The country slipped 10 places following the recent poor showing by the senior men’s national team, Benna Boys, in the recent CFU Caribbean Cup finals in Jamaica.

Trinidad & Tobago’s Soca Warriors, despite a five-place drop to 54th in the world, remain the number one team in the CFU despite having loss to Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz in the finals.

Haiti, up 25 places to 68th in the world, occupy the number two spot in CFU while Jamaica was the biggest jumper, leaping 42 places to 71st in the world and third in CFU.

Cuba (79th in the world) are just ahead of Antigua & Barbuda at fourth in the CFU while the Dominican Republic are now 91st in the world and sixth in CFU.

President of the CFU, Gordon “Banks” Derrick, expressed satisfaction with a number of teams from within the CFU and CONCACAF region ranked within the top 100 in the world.

“It shows that the level of our play within the region continues to improve and we are striving to make sure that, over time, we can move more of our countries into the top 100 in the world. Also, remember the Caribbean Cup is a qualifier to the Gold Cup, which is a qualifier, obviously, to the FIFA Continental Cup so the points you gather from these tournaments will go a long way in the rankings,” he said.

The November edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking reveals very little change in the top ten, with the top seven positions unaltered from last month and world champions Germany still out in front ahead of Argentina and Colombia.

France, however, are now in joint seventh place together with Portugal (7th, up 2). In the top 20, England (13th, up 7), Romania (15th, up 6) and Czech Republic (17th, up 5) have all made good progress.

Guinea (38th, up 17) have climbed into the top 50 on the back of two victories in CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2015 qualifiers, as have Mali (49th, up 9), with their rise coming at the expense of Trinidad and Tobago (54th, down 5) and Egypt (60th, down 22). As a result, the regional composition of the top 50 has shifted slightly in favour of Africa (10 teams, up 1). With the exception of CONCACAF (3 teams in the top 50, down 1), there are no other changes to the number of top 50 teams of the other confederations (UEFA: 31; CONMEBOL: 6; AFC: 0; OFC: 0).

Further down the ranking, the Faroe Islands (105th, up 82) have made considerable progress thanks to their surprise victory over Greece (25th, down 7) in the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifiers. The other teams to have climbed more than 20 places are Jamaica (71st, up 42), Cuba (79th, up 33), San Marino (180th, up 28), Haiti (68th, up 25), Liechtenstein (130th, up 25), and Thailand (144th, up 21). For San Marino, their draw with Estonia - also in the EURO 2016 qualifiers - sees them climb off the bottom of the table for the first time in six-and-a-half years.

A total of 150 new 'A' international matches have been taken into account for the November edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, bringing the total number of matches evaluated in 2014 to 817. Sixty-one of these matches were part of continental qualifiers in Europe, Africa and the CONCACAF region, with the other 89 being friendly matches.

4 Responses to “VI rise to 202 in FIFA Rankings ”

  • new goal (28/11/2014, 10:03) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    202 ranking is not good enough. It is not good at all actually. Set goal higher to be in the top 5. Our goal should not be to stay ahead of Cayman and Anguilla.
    • kid (28/11/2014, 16:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Other Caribbean countries that play more football than the bvi and way better can't even get in the top 30 an u talking about bvi in the top 5 u got to be dreaming or on crack....
      • @ kid (30/11/2014, 10:13) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        I guess you don't like goals. The goal is to win or else what is the point of playing? I was lenient when I suggested to at least get in the top 5. And what does other Caribbean countries got to do with it other than it is a sport in which they too are aiming to win? The goal of any game is to win. 202 remains not good enough. Not good at all.
  • bviobserver (28/11/2014, 12:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Moyes out!


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