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Vietnamese women's team close world’s Top 30 after SEA Games triumph

After winning the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gold medal, the Vietnamese women's team rose two places to rank 32nd in the world, according to the latest FIFA Women’s World Rankings as announced on December 13.

This is an encouraging reward for the national female team after their hard-fought 1-0 victory against arch-rivals Thailand in the SEA Games final held at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, the Philippines, last week.

Vietnamese women's team, world’s Top 30, SEA Games triumph, gold medal, FIFA announcement, encouraging reward

Vietnamese women team rose two places to rank 32nd in the world.

Although the SEA Games are not included in the FIFA tournament system, soccer matches under the regional multiple sports event are still counted as friendly matches. Therefore, after winning the SEA Games gold medal, the Vietnamese women's team still accumulated points towards the FIFA rankings.

According to the latest FIFA announcement, coach Mai Duc Chung’s side collected an additional six points to accumulate a total of 1665 points, thereby climbing two places in the rankings to stand at No. 32 in the world and top in Southeast Asia.

Vietnamese women's team, world’s Top 30, SEA Games triumph, gold medal, FIFA announcement, encouraging reward

Vietnam’s women team are No. 6 in Asia.

Thus, the Vietnamese Golden Girls wrapped up a successful year at the 32nd rank in the world. In Asia, the Vietnamese women’s team are ranked 6th, after the No. 1 side Australia (7th in the world), Japan (world No. 10), DPR Korea (11th), China (15th) and the Republic of Korea (20th), respectively.

It also provides good encouragement for coach Chung and his players as the side aim to win their first FIFA Women's World Cup berth, with the upcoming edition of the tournament set to be the first to feature 32 teams. As one of the leading teams in Asia, the opportunity to attend the World Cup for Vietnam women's team is becoming brighter.

Meanwhile, the Thai women’s team also improved their ranking by one place, rising to 38th in the world and standing seventh in Asia, right after Vietnam.

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Source: NDO

Vietnamese women's team, world’s Top 30, SEA Games triumph, gold medal, FIFA announcement, encouraging reward
 
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