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American Samoa FIFA ranking now at 186

“Great, great news,” said a happy Iuli Alex Godinet, president of FFAS. “I’m sure Thomas (Rongen) and all of our players will be very proud of this achievement.”
American Samoa’s previous best was 198 in 2006 and has been in the bottom of the rankings since 2007. The move up comes after American Samoa participated in the OFC 1st Stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualification tournament held in Samoa from Nov. 22-26.
“This is a very proud moment for FFAS and all involved,” said Thomas Rongen, coach of the men’s team that participated in the qualifiers. “The goal going forward now is to continue toimprove and raise the overall standard of play in American Samoa.”
The territory’s team made national headlines around the world after recording its first ever win in a FIFA-sanctioned competition when it beat Tonga 2-1 on Nov. 22. It also gained points in its 1-1 draw with Cook Islands but did not score any FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking points in a 1-0 loss to Samoa.
“It is an honor to know that we made a big difference in how American Samoa has moved up in the (FIFA/Coca-Cola World) Ranking,” said the men’s team captain for that tournament, Liatama Amisone Jr. “This is just the start and I know we can do better in the future and exceed what we’ve accomplished.
“This also serves as a good persuasion tool for more athletes to join our sport and it is our part as national team players to tell them what a fun sport it is and all the great things that come with playing soccer,” he added.
American Samoa also moves up in zonal ranking, going up two spots from 11 to 9 for OFC while their brothers from Samoa are now No. 2, just behind New Zealand and ahead of Fiji.
Samoa jumped up 55 spots from 204 to 149 while Tonga moved up 26 from 202 to its current ranking of 176. Cook Islands also improved its rank by moving up one spot from 196 to 195.
“I’ve been with soccer since 2006 and to finally see our ranking improve is a great feeling to have,” said CEO Tavita Taumua. “All the hard work everybody put in for this competition and for our association has paid off.”

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