The Philippine Malditas continued to improve its standings in the FIFA World rankings in occupying the 67th spot – its highest ever, according to the latest World Ranking released last July 12th.
Despite its unsuccessful campaign in the AFC Olympic Qualifiers tournament for a spot in the Women’s Football Tournament in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics last April. The Malditas managed to improve its rankings from 74th last March to 67th this month, thanks to their big wins against Palestine (7-0) and Iran (2-0) in the group stages.
The Malditas also managed to finish second in their group , just behind Chinese Taipei, which the ones that beat them during the group stages.
But the Malditas are still the fourth best team in Southeast Asia behind Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar, still unchanged from the previous World rankings.
Preparation and training is now under for the Malditas as they set to compete in the AFF Women’s Championship in Thailand, this coming August, followed by the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games which the Philippines will host from 30th November to 11th December.
The United States are still the number one women’s football team in the world, following its latest Women’s World Cup quest, followed by Germany in the second spot, still unchanged from March rankings . The Netherlands got the third spot, a five spot improvement from March rankings.
France occupied the fourth spot, still unchanged from March rankings while England round-up the top five women’s team in the world, down two spots from March rankings.
Sweden (6th ), Canada (7th), Australia (8th), North Korea( 9th) and Brazil (10th) clinched the bottom half of top women’s football teams in the world based in the latest World rankings.
Azkals team manager regards several local players departure as opportunity for self- improvement
Philippine Azkals team manager Dan Palami saw the departure of several local players especially playing for the men’s national football team to play for overseas as an opportunity to improve themselves.
Palami pronouncement came in the string departures of Ceres-Negros’ Alvaro Silva and Stallion-Laguna goalkeeper Patrick Deyto to join Thai League 1 club Suphanburi FC and Silva’s teammate at Ceres-Negros Kevin Ingreso joined reigning Thai League 1 champion Buriram United.
All of the players mentioned have played for the Philippine Azkals.
“As much as we want to see our best players here in the local league, we also want them to play for and play against the best clubs in Southeast Asia week in, week out,” Palami said via Inquirer.net
“It definitely raises the level of their play and that in effect will benefit the Azkals,” he added.
The Thai 1 League allowed each club to enlist three Southeast Asian players for this season, allowing several local-based players to capitalize the opportunity through getting an offer from several Thailand-based club.
Among local players playing for several Thai clubs are Michael Fakesgaard (Bangkok United), Daisuke Sato ( Muangthong United), Stephan Palla (Buriram United), Javier Patino (Buriram United), Martin Steuble (Port FC), Mark Hartmann ( Nakhon Ratchasima), Iain Ramsay ( Sukthothai) , Adam Reed ( Chainat Hornbill), Marco Casambre (Chainat Hornbill), Manny Ott ( Ratchaburi) and Amin Nazari (Ratchaburi).
The latest to bring his talent to Thailand is Ceres-Negros’ Curt Dizon, who will join Chonburi.