Azkals continue march up FIFA rankings

There were few changes in the football world rankings, which were released by global governing body FIFA on Thursday.

Following a period in which very little international football took place, Korea Republic were the main movers on the Asian continent, advancing two places to 54th in the latest rankings.

The Philippines (115th) were the only real movers from Southeast Asia, moving up one position, while Hong Kong (143rd), Vietnam (145) and Myanmar (167th) all dropped one position.

The Azkals’ move up the rankings means Thomas Dooley’s side has reached their highest-ever ranking, improving on their previous best from a month ago this year.

Their march up the rankings of late has been impressive and is a marked changed from where they were a decade ago – on the verge of falling out of the top 200.

The rankings for Singapore (148th), Malaysia (117th), and Indonesia (185th) all remained unchanged.

Kuwait were the big losers in the latest update, going down 14 places to find themselves ranked in the 140th world.

Iran (42nd) continues to top the Asian rankings, ahead of Australia (50th), Korea Republic, Japan (57th), Saudi Arabia (60). Uzbekistan (66th), UAE (69th), China (81st), Jordan (82nd) and Qatar (83rd).

There were no changes in the top 10, with Argentina still ranked top ahead of Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Portugal, Uruguay and England.