Well, with all the latest games, it looks like we are going down the FIFA rankings by 2 for December to 130, which will be published on the 18th. We are still the highest ranked nation in SEA, acc. to this projection, with Vietnam at 137 and Thailand at 142:
The official FIFA website features the Azkals again ...
Planning Pays Dividends for Philippines
(FIFA.com) 05 Nov 2015
The 13-1 defeat to Indonesia in the 2002 Tiger Cup was perhaps the best thing that could have happened, though a distraught Philippines perhaps did not see it that away, especially after seeing their side respectively lose 6-1 and 4-1 to Myanmar and Vietnam earlier in the competition.
Having reached their lowest point, the Azkals decided something had to be done, with the Philippine Football Association (PFF) immediately launching the Azkal Programme, the aim of which was to prevent such painful defeats from ever happening again. The plan seems to have worked.
Thirteen years on, Philippines have put those dark days behind them and are enjoying one of the most productive periods in their history, giving as good as they get against some of Asia’s leading sides in the preliminaries for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
The benefits of long-term planning Ambitious and well thought-out, the Azkal Programme has yielded excellent results since its inception, triggering a dramatic transformation in the national team’s fortunes. Explaining the keys to that turnaround in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com were former Philippine coach Jose Ariston Caslib, one of the programme’s architects, and Phil Younghusband, its first “product” and the current team captain.
“The project’s original objectives were very clear,” explained Caslib. “We wanted to end the national team’s run of eight years without a win. And we wanted to do it with a new generation of players who could underpin the development of the national team for the next ten years. We also wanted to give these players the level of competition they needed to mature as footballers.”
The country’s football chiefs got down to work, dipping into a pool of talent that had previously been overlooked: the diaspora of Filipinos who emigrated to Europe in the 1970s and 80s, and more specifically their children, who maintained strong ties with the land of their parents despite being born on the Old Continent.
The search was sure to turn up some gems, and so it proved, with the first two discoveries being Chelsea academy members James and Phil Younghusband, respectively aged 17 and 18 at the time and born to an English father and Filipino mother.
The scorer of 42 goals in 70 subsequent appearances for the Azkals and the current team captain, Phil looked back on the early years of his international career: “To be honest, we didn’t know much about football in the Philippines. We went back there every year, though, and we had an interesting mix of cultures at home, from language through to food. So when the call came in from the Philippine FA we didn’t have any hesitation in choosing to play for them. We were very honoured they’d picked us out.”
Acc. to Football rankings April FIFA final preview, the Philippines will improve to their best ranking ever at 116 with 300 ranking points, the highest in ASEAN(Thailand is next at 119). Malaysia and Indonesia will drop to new lows at 174 and 185 respectively.
We would have been in Pot 1 of ACQ if the draw was held in April, but it is not.
Hopefully the PFF would be able to arrange friendlies that would deliver points for us to maintain our ranking. I'm not optimistic though given our lack of friendlies during the qualifiers, but perhaps the encouraging attendance during the NoKor match would encourage the PFF.
07 April 2016 Philippine Azkals record highest FIFA ranking at 116
By Cedelf Tupas
Buoyed by its stunning upset of North Korea and a creditable showing against Uzbekistan in its last two games, the Philippines climbed to its highest-ever position of No. 116 in the latest FIFA rankings. The Azkals made the biggest leap among Asian teams, moving up 19 places to their latest position, which team manager Dan Palami said only reflects the current form of the national side. On top of registering the biggest reversal of the qualifying round with a 3-2 win over North Korea last week at Rizal Memorial Stadium, the Azkals also reclaimed the billing as Southeast Asia’s top ranked nation ahead of Thailand which is at No. 119.
The Thais advanced to the 12-team final round of World Cup Qualifying while the Azkals got the next best thing with a third round spot in Asian Cup Qualifying. “I’m happy that our tireless efforts to improve the team has translated to a higher ranking,” said Palami who has bankrolled the side along with the Philippine Football Federation since 2010. “Our target was always to push Azkals to the Top 100 and get the team to play better and at a higher level against the stronger teams in Asia.” Palami said that winning the Suzuki Cup and qualifying for the Asian Cup in 2019 will be the next targets of the Azkals. “With our current ranking, we should aim high and believe that we can win the Suzuki Cup and qualify for the Asian Cup,” he added.
papajamba: listening now to simone rota - across the line podcast
Sept 16, 2019 23:48:32 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: As long as Ricky Yanson is professional to Ceres FC and extends support to the Azkals in general (Ceres Azkals in particular) during home games, he can be PFF president in my book. Much better will be reconciling with Leo, though that idea is Farfetch'd.
Sept 21, 2019 23:07:36 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Kaya fans wishing that Ricky Yanson wins the PFF presidency is akin to GMA fans wishing that Congress and President Duterte will not renew ABS-CBN's franchise.
Oct 24, 2019 21:10:39 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: We will wait for the basketball and volleyball ASEAN teams and then we compare their reception to that given to the football delegations, where ALL ASEAN nations participate. Now there will be foreign scrutiny in every move of PHISGOC.
Nov 24, 2019 23:20:26 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: DDS trolls underestimated the SEA football community. Having no prior exposure to football culture, they dismiss any and all so-called sabotages as destabilization plots, to the point that they do not support the teams, especially the women.
Nov 27, 2019 15:25:36 GMT 8
Passerby: That's awkwardly worded.
Mar 6, 2020 21:09:41 GMT 8
Jun 3, 2020 11:29:52 GMT 8
nil: anyone have any ADT FC's contact?
Jun 3, 2020 11:30:08 GMT 8
Caz: Hey everyone! I hope you're all healthy and well! Philippine football is just about to pick itself up from these quarantine days so I'm looking forward to getting this forum up and running again!
Sept 27, 2020 0:39:31 GMT 8