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Warriors go up 16 points after USA win; T&T climb to 83rd spot in FIFA rankings

The Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team continue to bask in the afterglow of their shock 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over the United States, as they stormed 16 places up the FIFA rankings today.

After sliding to 99th place in September, the Soca Warriors are now in 83rd spot following their first win in seven months—a period that included six competitive matches and three friendlies.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago right back Alvin Jones (centre) beats United States goalkeeper Tim Howard but just misses the far post as well during 2018 World Cup qualifying action in Couva on 10 October 2017.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

The Dennis Lawrence-coached team were the biggest movers in CONCACAF, followed by Panama and Barbados, who climbed 11 and 10 spaces respectively. Ironically, Barbados have not played since July but presumably benefited from losses suffered by teams in their neck of the rankings.

The United States also advanced one spot to 27th in the world, despite missing out on the Russia 2018 World Cup. USA hammered Panama 4-0 on 6 October before their decisive loss to Trinidad and Tobago at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

The FIFA rankings is calculated based on a formula that considers result, importance of match (whether friendly or competitive), strength of opponent and strength of confederation. The South America confederation is ranked highest, followed closely by Europe’s while Africa, Asia, Oceania and North and Central America and the Caribbean are tied last.

Lawrence said, after last week’s win over USA, that he hopes to build on that result for the future, although the David John-Williams-led Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) is yet to announce opponents for the next FIFA match window in November and beyond.

The Warriors were ranked 49th in the world when John-Williams replaced Raymond Tim Kee as TTFA president and were 84th by the time Lawrence was hired—after the firings of former head coach Stephen Hart and his successor Tom Saintfiet respectively. Trinidad and Tobago were ranked 78th when Hart was fired in November 2016.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams (right) makes a ceremonial gesture to his new Men’s National Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence at the TTFA headquarters on 30 January 2017.
(Copyright Allan V Crane/TTFA)

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33 comments

  1. On a more sobering note, only 24 teams are allowed to qualify and participate in the World Cup finals …….

  2. Congratulations,so how much the us fall

  3. next time try TnT Women football side instead

  4. Well done Soca Warriors. Waiting for the next game I’ll be there to give support.

  5. Darrell Dublin you and your comment do not count so disappear

  6. OK. Doesn’t matter if you are not in the 32 in Russia or have a solid plan to reach the subsequent world cup

  7. 78th to 83rd

    What are we celebrating again, what platform did we build?

  8. We need to progress from there…no long period of inactivity…bring on friendlies now…the road to 2022 starts now.

  9. I come from a track and field perspective but the views hold good. A solitary spectacular upset win occasionally. .Kershaw. …jehue….4x 400 medal cannot be used to delude ourselves. ..Our football is in poor shape..last Tuesday’s win does not change that..

  10. Imagine if we had won any of the other matches that we played rubbish for.

  11. blah blah steups stueps…what could have been…this squad is some of the most talented we have had in while

  12. We were ranked 78th in the world at t the time.

  13. Let’s not start to celebrate being no 83.

  14. This sound likes a sitting on our backside moment. Just stating an obvious behavior

  15. While I welcome this news… it isn’t a true reflection of the state of affairs in T&T football. The incumbent TTFA board might look at this a product of what they think they are doing right, when in truth and in fact, they are doing a fair bit of wrong…

  16. Only we should of gone up at least 28 + 28 = 56 points lol

  17. Shhhh… not too fast! Knock-on-wood… don’t jinx it 😀

  18. That’s great news ,we are turning a new leaf

  19. Ok.. who we playing in November? Million dollar question

  20. Well that’s good news ,we are turning a new leaf