PH Azkals drop to #147 in world ranking
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines dropped 4 places to 147th in the FIFA World Ranking despite reaching the semifinals of the AFF Suzuki Cup, according to the new list released on Wednesday, December 19.
The Azkals are now the third team in Southeast Asia after Vietnam (131st) and Thailand (136th), and the 22nd in the Asia region led by Japan (22nd).
FIFA, the world governing football body, calculates the ranking of every national time on a monthly basis based on match results, importance of each game and strength of the opponent.
The points are accumulated from aggregate results over the previous four years, which allows certain countries to advance despite losing or even not having played a game that month.
For instance Vietnam is now the top team in Southeast Asia, despite its failure to qualify for the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals.
The Philippines achieved its highest ranking ever last November at 143rd, right before the start of that tournament, in which the Azkals played 5 matches (2 winds, 1 draw and 2 defeats).
The Azkals also beat Singapore in a friendly game before the regional championship.
The Philippines made it to the semifinals for the second time in its history but lost to Singapore after a goalless draw in Manila and a 1-0 defeat in the Lion City.
World and European champions Spain command the FIFA World Rankings with a firm lead over Germany, Argentina, Italy and Colombia. - Rappler.com