The Malaysian national football team remain in the same position as last month in the latest official rankings of football’s world governing body, FIFA.
Released yesterday, the rankings showed Malaysia collected 134 points to stay in the 157th position, which was immediately attributed to the team’s lack of participation in international matches involving top ranked nations.
The friendly games played against top English clubs Arsenal and Manchester City last month would not contribute any points to Malaysia as they do not get recognition from FIFA under their ranking system.
According to FIFA, their rankings are based on all international matches, including friendlies, played in the previous four years. The four main criteria that determine the points earned are the match results and status as well as the strength of the opposition and their confederation.
Wins in competitive matches against higher ranked opponents are very valuable, while only results over the last 12 months count in full. Those from the previous year count half, while older ones have even less bearing on the calculation.
Among the ASEAN countries, ‘Harimau Malaya’ are ranked 4th after Thailand (133), Vietnam (146) and Philippines (150). Near neighbours Singapore are five places behind, in position 162.
National coach Datuk K.Rajagopal said last month that he is not interested in the FIFA rankings as they are irrelevant and only used for seedings in tournaments.
Spain continue to lead at the top with Germany and England in second and third position respectively.