The Philippine women’s national football team saw a minor drop in the latest world ranking update released by the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) on Saturday (Manila time).
From an all-time high of 68th last March, the Malditas moved three notches down to the 71st spot though they remained fifth among among the Asean Football Federation (AFF) members.
Thailand leads the AFF as it ranked No. 29 while Vietnam and Myanmar followed at No. 32 and No. 45 respectively. Malaysia trailed the Philippines at No. 80.
According to FIFA, the Philippines, along with Bahrain, Greece, Iraq, Jordan, North Korea, Tajikistan and United Arab Emirates (UAE), played the most fixtures at five during the update window.
The national team’s recent matches came from its successful campaign in the Asia Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Women’s Cup 2018 qualifying stage, wherein the Filipinas played from (April 3-12) at the Central Republican Stadium in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe.
The national squad clobbered UAE (4-0), Iraq (4-0) and Tajikistan (8-0) before settling for a draw with Bahrain (1-1) and bowing down to Jordan (1-5) in their last game.
Meanwhile, United States of America regained the top spot following its four straight wins while Germany fell to No. 2 and France stayed at No. 3.
The next rankings will be released on September 1.
JEREMIAH M. SEVILLA