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Philippine Malditas Reaches New High in FIFA World Rankings

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The Philippine women’s football team has reached a milestone despite the lack of competition this year after posting its highest ever world ranking at 65th to close the 2020.

Based on the latest rankings released by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) over the weekend, the Malditas moved up two places from their spot in the rankings last year.

The Malditas, which has 1369 points, was among seven national teams that obtained their highest position at the end of 2020 aside from Slovenia (48th), Northern Ireland (49th), Fiji (64th), Cuba (81st), Gambia (104th), and Comoros (139th).

The national women’s football team is 11th among member nations of the Asian Football Confederation which include Australia, and fourth among Southeast Asian teams.

According to Philippine Football Federation president Mariano Araneta, the new rankings was a welcome development especially since the Malditas did not have much competition this year due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The ranking is a reward for the hard work and sacrifices of the people involved in women’s football in the country especially the players and coaches and of course, the PFF Women’s Committee,” said Araneta.

The Philippines was supposed to host the AFF Women’s Championship this 2020 but the tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Malditas was ranked 67 a year ago after reaching their first-ever semifinals appearance in the 30th Southeast Asian Games and also having impressive showing in the Olympic qualifiers.

The United States, winner of the World Cup last year, is still on top of the women’s world rankings, followed by Germany, France, Netherlands, and Sweden.