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Filipinas climb to 44th in Fifa rankings after historic Women’s World Cup stint


Filipino players celebrate after the Women’s World Cup Group A soccer match between New Zealand and the Philippines in Wellington, New Zealand, Tuesday, July 25, 2023. (AP Photo/John Cowpland)

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines moved up to 44th in the latest women’s world rankings after the conclusion of the FIFA Women’s World Cup this weekend.

The ranking published on the Fifa website shows that the Philippines moved up two places from the previous tally published ahead of the world women’s football show.

It also placed the Philippines as the sixth-best team in Asia and second in Southeast Asia, overtaking Thailand’s undying regional powerhouse.

Coach Alen Stajcic capped off his time in the Philippines by guiding the team to a commendable performance in New Zealand, highlighted by a stunning 1-0 victory against the co-hosts in the second game of the group stage.

But a 6-0 loss to Norway in Auckland ended any chance for the Philippines to slip through to the knockout stage.

Philippines Women's World Cup Norway

Filipino players talk to Canadian referee Marie-Soleil Beaudoin, right, after Sofia Harrison, third from left of the Philippines, was shown a red card during the Women’s World Cup Group A soccer match between Norway and the Philippines at Eden Park Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, July 30, 2023. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Sweden became the new No.1 team in the standings, followed by Spain, who won the World Cup after beating England in the final on Sunday in Sydney, Australia, thanks to Olga Carmona’s goal in the first half time.

The United States slipped from first to third place after a shock loss to Sweden in the Round of 16, ending their quest for an unprecedented third consecutive World Cup.

Japan topped the Asian Football Confederation teams, dropping from 11th to eighth place at the expense of Australia, despite reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Australia, which ultimately settled for fourth place after losing to Sweden in the consolation match, fell from 10th to 11th in the standings.

Vietnam, also coming off of their first appearance at the World Cup, remained Southeast Asia’s top nation even though they fell two places to 34th.


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