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Australia still Asia’s top ranked side, DPR Korea into Top 10

Kuala Lumpur: Australia remains Asia’s highest ranked national team despite falling two places, while DPR Korea returned to the global top 10 in the July update of FIFA’s Women’s World Ranking.

A penalty shootout elimination at the hands of Norway in the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup saw the Matildas leapfrogged by the Netherlands and Sweden, as Ante Milicic’s side dropped from sixth to eighth following two wins from four matched at France 2019.

While Australia suffered a slight dip, DPR Korea – who failed to qualify for the World Cup – returned to the top 10 for the first time since 2016, moving up two places to ninth despite not playing an official match since the previous rankings update in March.

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DPR Korea’s arrival to the top 10 coincides with the departure of Asian champions Japan, who slipped four places to 11th after their Round of 16 elimination in France, while China PR remain 16th after being eliminated at the same stage.

Three group stage losses each for Korea Republic and Thailand saw both nations suffer rankings slumps, with the Koreans falling six places to 20th, while Thailand fell five places to 39th, now four places behind Southeast Asian rivals Vietnam.



While most of Asia’s big guns slipped in the July update, the Philippines and India both enjoyed significant growth after competitive but ultimately unsuccessful Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying campaigns.

India’s six-position jump following wins over Nepal and Indonesia took them to 57th in the world, while the Philippines were Asia’s biggest mover, climbing seven places to a highest ever world ranking of 67th.

FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 champions the USA retained their status as the world’s number one ranked side, with Germany and the Netherlands rounding out the top three.

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