FIFA moved Viet Nam from 100th to 98th spot on its March's world ranking table although the team has played no matches during the last four months.
The national squad, on 347 points, is currently 14th placed in Asia, above strong teams such as North Korea and the UAE. They are also the top team in the Southeast Asian region, leaving rivals Thailand, on 235 points, 41 positions behind.
Malaysia, Southeast Asian Games and Southeast Asian champions are ranked 152nd in the world and fifth in the region. — VNS