| MANILA (1 July 2008) – Philippines were the biggest Asian mover in June when they climbed 19 rungs to be ranked 170th in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
This marked improvement follows their inspiring performance at the recent AFC Challenge Cup, where they stayed undefeated in the qualifiers to finish level on points with reigning champions Tajikistan.
Tajikistan made the tournament proper on superior goal difference.
Under head coach Norman Fegidero, the Philippines opened their campaign with a 1-0 win over Brunei, a scoreless draw against Tajikistan and then a 3-0 thrashing of Bhutan.
Philippines’ highest-ever ranking was 157th in December 1992.
Elsewhere, Thailand are currently the highest-ranked Asean team at 93rd, to be followed by Vietnam at 112th, Singapore 128th, Indonesia 129th and Myanmar 165th.
Malaysia are ranked just ahead of the Philippines at 169th while Cambodia are behind at 185th, Brunei 188th, Laos 190th and Timor Leste 199th.
The next release for the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be done tomorrow.