FIFA Rankings: Philippines hold onto top spot

Philippines will go into the New Year as the highest ranked nation in the AFF conference.

The Azkals hold on to top spot despite their extremely disappointing appearance at the recent AFF Suzuki Cup, where they crashed out in the group stages after failing to win a game.

However, the Philippines did earn a few crucial wins this year, notably against Asian rivals North Korea and Kyrgyzstan.

Thomas Dooley’s men will finish the year ranked 120th, with their recent poor run of form seeing them drop three places from November’s rankings.

Meanwhile, following Thailand’s fifth AFF Suzuki Cup title, they have moved up one place to 126th and are hot on the heels of the Filipinos.

The War Elephants proved they are the best team in South East Asia by some margin during the course of a near flawless AFF Suzuki Cup campaign, even though the rankings do not reflect their form just yet.

While Vietnam were unfortunate not to advance to the final of the AFF Suzuki Cup, who could forget their thrilling effort in the second leg of the semi-final where they nearly came back to win from two goals down with ten men.

The Golden Stars drop five places in the rankings to 134th despite just one loss in 2016.

Myanmar impressed with a very young team at the AFF Suzuki Cup, securing a place in the final four. Their performance helped them continue their rise up the rankings, where they now sit in 159th, one place ahead of Malaysia and two ahead of Singapore.

Finally, Indonesia, who are still reeling from their 12 month ban, enjoyed a stunning AFF Suzuki Cup where they reached the final. The Garuda’s run moved them up eight places on the rankings to 171st, just ahead of Cambodia who are in 173rd.