St. Lucia moves up 39 places in world football

St. Lucia moves up 39 places in world football

St. Lucia has significantly improved its rankings in world football.

According to the St. Lucia Football Association, St. Lucia is now ranked 146th in the world in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, and 23rd in CONCACAF, “going up 39 notches after earning 175 points”.

The rankings, which were updated on Nov. 7, 2012, now puts it ahead of Grenada and Barbados.

“This is an indication that improvement has began and hard work is being paid off in this beautiful country,” the association said in a press release.

But the association admits “the task at hand is far from over and has only begun to move forward in placing St. Lucia at the top of its peers”.

Association President Lyndon Cooper, reiterating the words of Minister of Youth Development and Sports Shawn Edwards, said:  “Now, more than ever, the St. Lucia Football Association needs the support of all the concerned to commence the monumental task of reversing the football fortunes of our country.”

Last month, St. Lucia crashed out of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cup on goal difference after losing 3-0 to Guyana.

This was a bitter pill to swallow for the host team after starting the competition with victories over Curacao (5-1) and St. Vincent & the Grenadines (2-1), and only needed a draw to top the group, or anything less than a 0-3 scorline, to advance to the next round.

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