National team ends year among top 100 of FIFA rankings
The Vietnamese national team concluded the year in 98th place in the FIFA rankings, a total of 17 spots higher than regional rivals Thailand, according to the global rankings released by FIFA on December 23.
Vietnam was the only Southeast Asian representative among the top 100 teams in the FIFA rankings. This comes after they added 3.32 points to their total of 1,212.54 and climbed from 99th in November to 98th position in December.
In terms of Southeast Asia, Thailand gained 7.53 points to jump three places to 115th in the world, the region’s second team behind Vietnam.
Elsewhere, the Philippines are down at 128th in the world, followed by Myanmar in 152nd, and Malaysia down at 154th.
In terms of Asia as a whole, Iran remained the continent’s leading team at 21st place in the globe, followed by Japan in 26th, the Republic of Korea in 33rd, Australia in 35th, and Qatar in 48th.
The five countries at the top of the latest FIFA rankings include Belgium, Brazil, France, England, and Argentina.