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99th in FIFA rankings accepted quietly
I suppose that we are all disappointed over the Soca Warriors ranking of 99th in the FIFA rankings. But many do not know how this low ranking will affect the game generally in T&T.
After a very mathematical formula by some experts in FIFA, the ranking tend to be based upon results against all the opponents each country has played.
The result of each country will be judged by the ranking of the opponent, the results of the matches whether competitive or friendly.
For a country which had enjoyed good results against some of the best countries in world football over the years. The placing is painful especially when teams like Haiti, Curacao, Honduras, Republic of Ireland, USA (28), Costa Rica (21) and of course Mexico.
Although we had some good results against Argentina, Columbia and even Sweden, our progress line did not show moves forward in the manner expected.
The major effects for our teams and players are usually downgraded by the scouts across the world, and when we negotiate with opponents, their judgement is based upon our ranking, while the scouts who are forever following the trail of players the world over, will veer away from our local lads, and if still interested, they will search for weaker ranked countries.
History of the
Soca Warriors FIFA Rankings
August 1993 -85.
June 2001 -25.
October 2010 -106.
September 2017 -99.
Our coaching staff will also be theoretically be judged by the team’s results, which will offer very little chance of employment in the more recognised countries. The salaried scale for our local players are hardly rated in accordance with the ranking, but the progressive countries of the world will certainly do.
No wonder why players like Lionel Messi, Neymer Jr, Paul Pogba and many others, are given exceptional salaries and the advertisers follow their trail to get their garments onto these brilliant players.
This assessment must be of importance to all aspects of the game in the country. Visitors do not have the time to go in search of teams and players to all countries, which will make our attention span very menial to them.
This country knows what it has been within the top sixties and even higher over the years and our target must be based upon improvement up the ladder.
Friendlies against higher rated opponents and those against recognised confederations.
Not only will it address the quality of our players, bring better results to the fore and help to attract our players to the player trailers across the world.
Our coaching staff at all levels should understand the reason why we have reached to that low ranking, and view the reason as shortage in quality of their professions. It is not an embarrassment to admit one shortcoming in our profession.
A more productive solution is to go in search of football education, watch closely at the high profile teams and players to understand the various areas of strength and organisation of the game on the field.
We must begin our rise soon.