FIFA Rankings: Philippines lead AFF member nations

The international FIFA rankings for the month of April have been released and after a quiet four weeks of international football, Carlos Queiroz’s men are still top of the AFC division while the Philippines tower over the other AFF member countries.

With many club seasons nearing their climax, it was a quiet month on the international front – a fact reflected in the latest FIFA World Rankings.

Seeing just seven games played, the top 20 places remained static after the completion of April – Brazil are still top.

The AFC division was similarly unchanged.

Iran, who are ranked 28th in the world are still the top dogs while South Korea (43rd), Japan (44th) and Australia (50th) are in pursuit but still quite some distance off the pace.

India are 100th in the world rankings but in the upper quartile of the AFC rankings. A sure sign that the sport is steadily beginning to establish itself in the cricket-mad country.

There is a cluster of South East Asian teams in the middle of the AFC division.

The Philippines (127th) narrowly lead a pack consisting of Thailand (129th), Vietnam (136th), Hong Kong (150th), Maldives (152nd), Malaysia (158th) and Singapore (160th).

The Philippines are only next in action in June away to Tajikistan so they will most likely be able to enjoy the tag of South East Asia’s best side for a while longer.

Outside of the top 100 there was some notable change. A pair of wins for Madagascar (111, plus 9) over Malawi (114, minus 14) saw them claim the titles of the month’s biggest movers up and down the table respectively.