CONCACAF Logoby Michael Bascombe

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, October 23, 2014 – Caribbean powerhouse Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua and Barbuda were among the biggest movers in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking released on Thursday.

The twin-island republic climbed 37 places, the second biggest rank behind Togo’s 73, to move into the top-50 teams for the first time. T&T are 49th in the world ranking and fourth in CONCACAF.

Antigua & Barbuda achieved their highest-ever ranking (70th, up 10) and seventh in the confederation. It also means that Antigua & Barbuda earn the number two spot in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) behind Trinidad & Tobago.

Both teams are Caribbean Cup finalists scheduled for Montego Bay, Jamaica next month and could move up in the rankings at the end of the year.

Costa Rica remains the top ranked CONCACAF side (16th) followed by Mexico (17th) and United States (23rd). Panama (56th) and Honduras (69th) separate T&T and Antigua & Barbuda while Guatemala (72nd), Dominica Republic (80th) and El Salvador (82nd), complete the top-10 in the CONCACAF.

Haiti (93rd, up 26), St Vincent and the Grenadines (105th), Cuba (112th), Jamaica (113th), St Kitts and Nevis (115th), Aruba (132nd), St Lucia (138th, down 15), Grenada (145th, down 8) and Barbados (146th, up 15), round up the top 20 nations from CFU.

The top three teams in the world ranking remain unchanged with 104 points separating World Cup champion Germany from Argentina. Colombia is the third-ranked team in the world with Begium and Netherlands closing off the top-five.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be released on November 27.

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