Vietnam has joined in the top 15 Asia in the FIFA rankings in June 2019.
This result helps Vietnam place itself in the 15th position in Asia and ensure a slot in the second seeding pot in the draw for the qualification of World Cup 2022’s second round. It also opened more opportunities for the team to battle with less powerful rivals in the upcoming tournament, according to VFF.
The highest place that Vietnam gained in global rankings is 84th in September 1998.
Previously, Vietnam played two matches at King’s Cup 2019, which took place during FIFA’s international break in June.
Under Korean coach Park Hang-seo’s lead, the Vietnamese men squad won 1-0 against Thailand, drew 1-1 with Curacao in the second 90 minute match before losing in the penalty shootout.
In Southeast Asia, Malaysia has progressed to the 159th position while Thailand was demoted to the 116th due to bad performance in King’s Cup 2019.
Belgium retains its top position in the rankings, followed by France, Brazil and the UK in the second, third and fourth, respectively. Portugal qualified for top 5 in the rankings after winning the Nations League champion to place itself in the fifth position and relegate the Croatia squad to the sixth position.
The draw for qualification round of World Cup 2022 in Asia is slated to take place on July 17 in Qatar.