Big Movers of 2014
Germany moved to the top, mostly due to unconvincing results by USA who sank to third with France occupying second spot. England moved up into fifth place followed by the Dutch in sixth.
Puerto Rico continued to impress with a 1-0 win at home to Barbados in a Caribbean Cup qualifier and thrashed Bahamas 5-1 in the Trinidad & Tobago finals.
Namibia picked up home wins in friendly matches against Ethiopia 1-0 and Algeria 3-1 before hosting the Africa Cup of Nations where they registered a 2-0 win over Zambia.
Jordanexceeded expectations with 3-1 defeats in the Asian Cup to Australia and hosts Vietnam before winning a friendly 2-0 in Egypt and drawing 2-2 with Taiwan in the Asian Games that took place in South Korea.
Ecuadorhosted the Copa America where they defeated Venezuela 1-0 and Argentina 3-2 to reach the 2015 World Cup play offs and qualify for the World Cup after drawing 0-0 with Trinidad & Tobago in their home tie and stunning their hosts with a single goal in stoppage time in the return match.
St Lucia played the Caribbean qualifiers in Dominican Republic where they were thrashed 7-0 by their hosts before being humiliated 14-0 by Jamaica.
Belarus suffered an embarrassing 2-1 loss at home to Turkey and were beaten 3-0 in the return match in World Cup qualifiers where they also lost 3-0 in Wales and were thumped 8-0 in Ukraine. They also lost 2-0 to Taiwan in the Istria Cup in Croatia.
South Africacould only manage a 2-2 draw with Zimbabwe and lost 1-0 to Ghana in home friendly matches before suffering shock 1-0 defeats to Cameroon and Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations in Namibia.
Barbadosfinished bottom of their Caribbean Cup qualifiers in Puerto Rico losing 3-1 to Martinique.
The most surprising result of the year was Denmark's amazing 1-0 loss at home to Israel followed by Argentina's outstanding 2-0 victory over Brazil in Ecuador in World Cup qualifiers and St Lucia's 7-0 humiliation away to Dominican Republic in a Caribbean Cup qualifier.
The highest score of the year was New Zealand's 16-0 battering of Tonga in a World Cup qualifier in Papua New Guinea.
There were 3 new teams in the rankings with Liberia moving into the 133rd place followed by Rwanda in 140th and Burkina Faso taking up the 152nd spot in the rankings.