ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — Resurgent Haiti have knocked powerhouses Jamaica off the top spot in the latest Caribbean Football Union (CFU) rankings released Wednesday.
The French side, second in the CFU November table, are now the top ranked side in the region after jumping an amazing 18 spots to 39th in the overall FIFA rankings.
Their movement was fuelled by their outstanding performance in the recently held CFU Caribbean Cup where they were good enough to reach the semi-finals.
They played unbeaten in the group stages, topping Group A with seven points before falling to eventual champions Cuba in the semi-finals.
Jamaica, meanwhile, have fallen six places in the FIFA rankings to 56th, but are still number two in CFU.
Their fall comes on the heels of a wretched outing in the Caribbean Cup where they missed out on the semi-finals after finishing bottom of Group B without a single win.
Trinidad and Tobago remain third in the CFU standings despite leaping 11 spots to 68th in FIFA. They did well to reach the final of the Caribbean Cup before losing to Cuba 0-1 last Sunday.
Dominican Republic have held fast in fourth, while newly crowned Caribbean champions Cuba have risen from 12th to fifth in the regional rankings. This comes after the Spanish-speaking Caribbean side rose a whopping 41 places in the overall FIFA rankings to 100th.
The Caribbean title was the first ever for Cuba.
Caribbean Football Union December rankings
(FIFA Rankings in bracket)
1 Haiti (39)
2 Jamaica (56)
3 Trinidad and Tobago (68)
4 Dominican Republic (93)
5 Cuba (100)
6 Suriname (114)
7 Antigua and Barbuda (115)
8 St Kitts and Nevis (123)
9 Guyana (124)
10 St Vincent & the Grenadines (125)
11 Puerto Rico (132)
12 Grenada (138)
13 Barbados (143)
14 St Lucia (149)
15 Aruba (151)
16 Bermuda (157)
17 Dominica (161)
18 The Bahamas (174)
18 Montserrat (174)
20 Netherland Antilles (177)
21 US Virgin Islands (186)
22 British Virgin Islands (191)
23 Cayman Islands (192)
24 Anguilla (205)
25 Turks and Caicos (207)