Although the team added three points, they didn’t compete in any match at a global level; therefore they remained at the same position.

In the Southeast Asian region, Vietnam ranked third, behind the Philippines (world No 124) and Thailand (world No 127).

They were followed by Malaysia (No 161), Singapore (No 163), Indonesia (No 167) and Myanmar who dropped 13 steps to No 172.

Iran topped the Asian rankings at No 33; followed by the Republic of Korea, No 40; and Japan, No 51.

The world’s top 10 were unchanged. Argentina sat atop the world rankings, followed by Brazil and Germany.

On March 22nd, Vietnam will play a friendly match with Chinese Taipei at Hang Day stadium in Hanoi. They will then compete with Afghanistan in the opening match of Group C at a neutral stadium - Republican Central Stadium in Dushanbe, Tajiskistan - on March 28th.

The results of these matches will affect Vietnam’s rankings next month./.