19 Dec 2007

New Caledonia jumps in FIFA world rankings

11:49 am on 19 December 2007

New Caledonia is one of the world's biggest movers according to FIFA's latest world football rankings.

This year's South Pacific Games gold medallist has made the third largest leap.

New Caledonia has jumped 58 places to 118th leap frogging Tahiti, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Fiji in the OFC rankings and sit in 2nd place behind New Zealand who are ranked 95th.

In the last year New Caledonia has beaten Fiji, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu with most action in FIFA world cup qualifiers.

New Zealand is the only country in OFC to cut the top 100 teams in the world, with the other ten nations falling between New Caledonia and the 201 team in the world American Samoa.