Ranking ASEAN teams by their highest-ever position in FIFA World Rankings
But which ASEAN national team has held the highest rank in the FIFA World Rankings since the ranking system was introduced back in December 1992?
We find out that and more as we sort every ASEAN nation based on their highest-ever position in the FIFA rankings table.
#11 Cambodia – 154 (March 2011)
Though the FIFA World Rankings were introduced in 1993, it took Cambodia until 1996 to feature in the list. And they achieved their best ranking of 154 in March 2011. However, it was a downward spiral for the team after that as they reached their lowest ranking of 192 in less than a year’s time. The team, now coached by Japan legend Keisuke Honda, sit 172 in the latest release of the rankings.
#10 Timor-Leste – 146 (April 2015)
Timor-Leste climbed 33 spots to go for 185 to 152 in the world rankings in April 2015. And two months later, they achieved their highest ranking of 146 taking them above the likes of Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. However, they were soon back to the 190s by mid-2016 and has continued to remain there since.
#9 Brunei – 145 (September 1993)
Brunei failed to qualify for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 losing 3-2 on aggregate to Timor-Leste in the qualifiers. And they sit at a lowly at 195 in the latest FIFA World Rankings. But many would be surprised to know that their best position in rankings came all the way back in September 1993 when they were ranked 145 out of 166 countries which were part of the system.
#8 Laos – 134 (September 1998)
Laos were the whipping boys in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018, but they were once ranked 134 in the world — back in September 1998 to be precise when there were 194 teams in the rankings tally. There are now ranked 184 in the world and haven’t been in the Top 150 of the FIFA World Rankings since 2007.