PH women’s football team sets FIFA ranking record
Philippines to enter AFC Asian Cup with new FIFA women’s standings record
The Philippine women’s football team made history on Saturday, December 11, scoring their highest FIFA ranking at No.64
Adding 16 points to eclipse their previous record of 65th set a year ago, the Philippines tallied 1,386 points as the team also placed 13th in Asia and 5th in Southeast Asia.
Team Nepal and Hong Kong’s sweep in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers propelled the Philippines to their record-breaking standings as the team secured a 10th appearance in the continental tournament.
Seeking to show off their improved form, the Philippines will take part in the AFC Asian Cup in India from Jan.20 to Feb.6, where they are regrouped in Group B with Australia no.11 in the world, Thailand no. World 38 and World No. 94 Indonesia.
The women’s squad will be led by former Matildas coach Alen Stajcic in the continental tournament for a chance to win the Philippines first place in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Philippines must make the top five in the Asian Cup to qualify for the quadrennial soccer tournament.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand in 2023, has extended its qualifying quota from 24 to 32 teams from six confederations. – Rappler.com