The Philippine Azkals remain the No.1 football team in Southeast Asia ahead of the Suzuki Cup be held at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan next month.
Despite suffering two consecutive losses in international friendly games, the Philippines still moved one spot up in the standings, from No. 125 to No. 124.
The Azkals lost to Bahrain, 1-3, and North Korea, 1-3 in two goodwill games that the Philippines hosted recently
The Philippines will be playing one more tune-up match against Kyrgyzstan on November 9 before beginning its campaign in the preliminary round of the Suzuki Cup.
Meanwhile, defending regional champions Thailand is now No. 146, an 11-notch drop in the standings. Myanmar dropped to No.156 from No.153 and Malaysia to No.164 from No. 158.
Singapore got No.171, a 16-notch drop and the lowest rank they received so far. Singapore is now the cellar dweller among ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) sub-confederation squads.
Cambodia moved up to No. 167, following their three consecutive victories in the recently concluded Suzuki Cup qualification round.
Southeast Asian teams will begin their campaign in the group stage of the biennial international football tournament starting November 19.
The Philippines will be hosting Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand in Group A while Myanmar leads Group B with Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia.