After their performance in the recent Gold Cup competition, where they lost in the final, it was inevitable that Jamaica would improve their FIFA ranking. The Reggae Boyz made an expectedly big leap from 76 to number 55 in the latest FIFA ranking published on Jamaica’s Independence Day. This is the biggest move of all competing countries in the world.
The Boyz defeated Canada, El Salvador, Haiti and the USA on its way to the Gold Cup Final, where they were beaten by Mexico. the Mexicans are still the highest ranked CONCACAF team having jumped 14 places to 26th.
The leap means Jamaica are just outside the magic 50 for its players to get a work permit to play in England. Under new English FA rules, a country has to be ranked in the top 50 for the past 2 years to be eligible to play in England. This rule has prevented Jamaican captain Rodolph Austin from taking up his contract with Sheffield Wednesday.