Iran remain Asia’s best

Team Melli moved up three places to 38th after recording a friendly victory over Uzbekistan and a draw with Turkmenistan – the most improved Asian team in the rankings – in a recent qualifier.

Japan are the only other Asian team in the top 50, with Samurai Blue moving up two places to 50th lace.

The big movers are Turkmenistan who rise 21 places to 152nd, with Guam and Kyrgyzstan both moving up 20 spots to 154th and 157th respectively.

Vietnam (down 16 places to 143rd), Thailand (down 11 places to 140th), Myanmar (down 19 places to 162nd) and India (down 15 places to 156th) are some of the big losers.

Malaysia's poor run of form, in which they were thumped 6-1 by Palestine and drew with Timor Leste, means that they drop six places to 168th, just ahead of Bangladesh, Yemen and Pakistan. 

Copa America runners-up Argentina have taken the number one spot off of world champions Germany, with Belgium dropping to third as a result of the South American side's rise.

AFC Ranking – Team – Global Ranking – Change

1 – Iran – 38 (up three places)
2 – Japan – 50 (up two)
3 – Korea Republic – 52 (up six)
4 – Australia – 59 (up four)
5 – UAE – 69 (up four)
6 – Uzbekistan – 75 (down one)
7 – China – 77 (up two)
8 – Iraq – 86 (no change)
9= Jordan – 92 (up eleven)
9= Saudi Arabia – 92 (up six)
11 – Qatar – 96 (up one)
12 – Oman – 102 (down one)
13 – Bahrain – 113 (down seven)
14 – Syria – 117 (up four)
15 – Palestine 119 (down one)
16 – Kuwait 123 (up two)
17 – Philippines 124 (up thirteen)
18 – DPR Korea 129 (up seventeen)
19 – Lebanon 130 (up five)
20 – Afghanistan 134 (up seventeen)
21 – Thailand 140 (down eleven)
22 – Vietnam 143 (down sixteen)
23 – Tajikistan 148 (down nine)
24 – Singapore 150 (up four)
25 – Turkmenistan 152 (up twenty-one)
26= Hong Kong 154 (up ten)
26= Guam 154 (up twenty)
28 – India 156 (down 15)
29 – Kyrgyzstan 157 (up 20)
30 – Myanmar 162 (down 19)
31 – Indonesia 164(down 9)
32 – Timor-Leste 165 (down 19)
33 – Bhutan 166 (down seven)
34 – Malaysia 168 (down six)
35 – Bangladesh 169 (down three)
36 – Yemen 171 (down six)
37 – Pakistan 172 (down two)
38 – Maldives 176 (up two)
39 – Laos 177 (down two)
40 – Chinese Taipei 179 (down one)
41= Cambodia 181= (down three)
41= Macau 181 (up four)
43 – Sri Lanka 183 (up three)
44 – Brunei Darussalam 184 (no change)
45 – Nepal 185 (down two)
46 – Mongolia 205 (down six)

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