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The Malayan Tigers moved up one spot but are still behind the likes of Palestine, Solomon Islands and Fiji in the latest FIFA Rankings

The Malayan Tigers moved one rank higher from 157 last month to 156 in the latest official ranking released by FIFA, the world football governing body.

Malaysia’s position in the ranking has been on a steady decline since January when they were in 148th place, to the country’s worst standing this year, 157th in July.

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.

Despite improving one spot, Malayan Tigers are still behind the likes of Palestine (151), Solomon Islands (153) and Fiji (155) whose national team are comprised of semi-professional footballers.