A new milestone has been reached after the Philippine national women’s football team moved four rungs to its highest FIFA World rankings.
Coach Allen Stajcic said this after the Filipinas, who are set to join the Olympic qualifiers in Tajikistan, are now ranked at no. 49.
“Another amazing milestone for the Team on this journey to the World Cup. Another record for the country,” said Stajcic in a statement.
The Filipinas are now ahead of Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Panama and Haiti.
Team Philippines is getting ready for its next mission in April.
“This is a further objective confirmation that we are heading in the right direction,” added Stajcic.
The Filipinas are coming off a campaign in the Pinatar Cup in Spain, which was part of their preparation for the coming World Cup in New Zealand and Australia.
Australia has also improved and returned to the Top 10 in the penultimate FIFA Women’s World Ranking.
The Matildas, who used to be coached by Stajcic are in 10th, and are up by two rungs.
The biggest points change came from Panama, who went up by five notches to no. 52.
Panama is one of three teams to emerge from the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup Play-off Tournament with a ticket to Australia and New Zealand 2023.