Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz are now at No 45 on football’s governing body, FIFA rankings in the latest statistic released on Thursday. It is the highest the Boyz have been in the last eight years.
The Boyz moved two places up from last month’s placing and are third in CONCACAF behind Mexico, who are 11th on the FIFA rankings and the United States of America, who are 23rd.
Jamaica defeated Aruba 2-0 at the National Stadium before travelling to Ergilio Hato Stadium in Curacao, where they clobbered them 6-0 in the return leg of the CONCACAF Nations League. Those results were the factors for Jamaica’s move up the rankings.
Jamaica’s rise in CONCACAF was aided by Costa Rica’s slip, as the Central Americans are now at 47th in the FIFA rankings, as they dropped four places after drawing with Haiti and Curacao in the Nations League.
It is the first time since 2011 that the Reggae Boyz have been in the top three teams in the region and will be looking to remain in CONCACAF’s top six rankings, to automatically play in the hexagonal final round of the regional qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, which will be played in Qatar.