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Japan regain Asian ascendancy in FIFA Women's Rankings

Friday, June 22, 2018
Japan defend and claim their second successive AFC Women's Asian Cup title.

Kuala Lumpur: Japan have been rewarded for their victorious AFC Women's Asian Cup 2018 campaign, rising five places to leapfrog Australia and DPR Korea and become Asia's highest-ranked women's national team.

Asako Takakura's side are now sixth in the FIFA World Rankings - their highest position in a year - after a three-month period which saw them remain unbeaten in seven matches, including their 1-0 AFC Women's Asian Cup Final win over Australia.

With only two wins in their six matches since the last rankings update in March, Australia fell two places to eighth, while DPR Korea, who failed to qualify for Jordan 2018, retain their previous position of 10th.

Korea Republic moved up by a single position to 15th and China PR remained at 17th while Thailand benefited from their excellent run to the AFC Women's Asian Cup semi-finals by rising two places to 28th.

Indonesia were among the biggest improvers in the newly-updated rankings, rocketing up 41 places to 77th by virtue of their return to international football for the first time since 2015.

They will have to opportunity to further improve their global rating at next month's AFF Women's Championship, where Cambodia are set to compete for the first time and Timor-Leste will return to the active list for the first time since 2016.

USA remain the world's number one team, with Germany and France rounding out the top three.

Japan leapfrog Australia to be Asia's best based on the latest FIFA Women's Ranking! #FIFARanking

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