Vietnam has maintained their position as the Southeast Asian No 1 team in the latest FIFA rankings, the Vietnam Football Federation said on February 20.
Members of the national men's football team at a training session
Vietnam still ranked 94th in the world and 14th in Asia. They were followed by Thailand at No.113, and the Philippines at No.124.
Japan, Iran and the Republic of Korea continued to be the continental top three.
Belgium were the world’s strongest team, followed by France and Brazil, respectively.
The FIFA rankings in January recorded few changes as only 15 friendlies were held worldwide in the one-month period, with two matches taking place in late 2019.
Next month, Vietnam will play two matches counted towards teams’ FIFA rankings.
They will face Kyrgyzstan (world’s No.96) in a friendly match on March 26 and Malaysia (No.154) in the second round of the 2022 World Cup Asian qualifiers five days later.
Vietnam have been listed on FIFA's website as one of the most surprising teams in 2019.
Vietnam national squad wrapped up a successful 2019 as they firmly stand in 94th place in the latest FIFA world rankings as announced on December 19. This is their highest standing in the last two decades.