FIFA World Ranking

Matildas remain Asia’s top side

Kuala Lumpur: Australia remain Asia’s top-ranked women’s national team at eighth in the latest FIFA Women’s Rankings.

The Matildas, who did not play any matches since the previous update in July, are one place above DPR Korea while Japan climbed by one position to return to the top 10.

China PR and Korea Republic retained their positions - at 16th and 20th respectively - to round out Asia’s top five, while Vietnam climbed one place to 34th after winning the AFF Women’s Championship in August.

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Uzbekistan were also rewarded for a recent tournament victory, climbing one place to 43rd after winning this month’s Nadezdha Cup, with Kyrgyz Republic’s participation in that competition responsible for their return to the rankings, with the Central Asian side claiming position 120 on the global list after a period of inactivity on the international scene.

Guam were the biggest Asian risers in the latest rankings update, climbing two places to 80th, while Nepal returned to the top 100 with a single-position rise from 101st.

FIFA World Cup France 2019 champions the United States remain the world’s number one side, with Germany and the Netherlands rounding out the top three.

After a relatively quiet period for Asia’s top sides, several of the continent’s major powers return to the international scene in the coming weeks, with Japan to face Canada, while Korea Republic travel to the United States for two friendlies against the world champions.

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