Vietnam the big movers on latest FIFA rankings

Vietnam moved up 12 places to reach a ranking of 133rd on the latest FIFA rankings, which were released on Thursday.

The improved ranking can largely beĀ attributed to the good results the Golden Stars produced in recent times, none more so than the 2-0 win Nguyen Huu Thang’s side claimed over Syria at the My Dinh National Stadium last week.

Vietnam’s current ranking is their highest since 2012.

Meanwhile, the Philippines have moved down five places to 120th.The Azkals were on a tremendous run of improving their rankings on a month-to-month basis in recent times, reaching a highest-ever ranking of 115th at the previous update at the start of May.

Even though Thomas Dooley’s side haven’t played any international football since the previous update, due to the idiosyncrasies of the rankings system, a five-place drop occurred this time around.

The Asian side that made the most significant movement up the rankings are Korea DPR, who broke into the top 100 for the first time in four years. They are currently in 98th position, having gained 14 positions with the June 2 update.


Elsewhere, Guam gained two spots to reach 160th and is closely followed by Myanmar in 161, who gained six spots.

Malaysia moved up a single place to 173rd, while Laos gained two to move up to 173rd, but Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Indonesia and Chinese Taipei dropped down a few places.

Timor-Leste moved down two to 177th, Cambodia dropped down one to 184th, Indonesia was down two spots to 187, and Chinese Taipei dropped a massive nine places to 191st.

Iran (39th) remain Asia’s top-ranked team, followed by Korea Republic (50th), Japan (53rd), Australia (59th) and Saudi Arabia (65th).

Argentina remains at the top of the rankings, ahead of Belgium in second. Colombia and Germany have moved past Chile into third and fourth spots, while Spain is in sixth, followed by Brazil, Portugal, Uruguay and Austria.