Azkals stay top dogs in ASEAN
Philippines will head into next month’s AFF Suzuki Cup as the best ranked team in the tournament.
The Azkals rose one place to 124th in the latest FIFA World Ranking, 12 places above second-ranked Vietnam.
With the next FIFA World Ranking not due until November 24, Group A hosts Philippines will begin their campaign as the leading team in the region,
Philippines will play Kyrgyzstan in a warm-up match in Manila on November 9 ahead of their AFF Suzuki Cup opener against four-time champions Singapore at the Philippine Sports Stadium 10 days later.
Vietnam, who will face hosts Myanmar, Malaysia and Cambodia in Group B, jumped five places in the ranking to 136th thanks to a 2-2 draw with Indonesia and a morale-boosting 5-2 victory over DPR Korea,
The Vietnamese are currently preparing for the AFF Suzuki Cup at a training camp in Korea Republic with three friendly matches against club sides lined up. They beat a largely second-string FC Seoul team 3-0 in their first game.
Defending AFF Suzuki Cup champions Thailand, who have suffered four straight losses in their 2018 World Cup Russia Asia qualifiers, slumped 11 places to 146th in the latest ranking.
The War Elephants play Australia in a World Cup qualifying match on November 15 before kicking off their title defence against Indonesia on November 19.
Group B hosts Myanmar are ranked 10 places below Thailand at 156th with former champions Malaysia a further eight spots worse off at 164th.
A string of good results, including victories over Laos (2-1) and Brunei Darussalam (3-0) in the AFF Suzuki Cup Qualifying Round, saw Cambodia rise six spots to 167th.
The worst performers amongst the teams vying for the AFF Suzuki Cup were Singapore, who fell 16 places to 171st on the back of a loss to Hong Kong and a 0-0 draw with Malaysia.
Indonesia, who endured a long spell in the international wilderness, climbed two spots to 179th on the back of their 2-2 draw with Vietnam.