Vietnam is Southeast Asia’s new number one team following the release of the FIFA world rankings for the month of December.
Vietnam’s only game this past month was a 0-0 draw against Afghanistan but they remain undefeated in 2017, and climbed 13 places to 112th in the world.
The rise saw them overthrow Philippines as the highest-ranked ASEAN side with the Azkals in 124th, falling six spots from last month.
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Myanmar were the other big movers as they rose by ten places to 140th, although they remain fourth in the region behind Thailand (up two spots to 130th).
The biggest sliders were Indonesia – down eight places into 162nd – while Singapore and Cambodia also fell down the rankings.
There was no change in the bottom four of Malaysia, Laos, Brunei Darussalam and Timor-Leste, even though the latter climbed five places up to 191st.
FIFA world rankings (December 2017) – Southeast Asia
1) Vietnam: 112th (+13)
2) Philippines: 124th (-6)
3) Thailand: 130th (+2)
4) Myanmar: 140th (+10)
5) Indonesia: 162nd (-8)
6) Singapore: 172nd (-2)
7) Cambodia: 173rd (-3)
8) Malaysia: 174th (-)
9) Laos: 182nd (+2)
10) Brunei Darussalam: 190th (-)
11) Timor-Leste: 191st (+5)
Source :Fox Sports Asia