|Vietnam's women football team parade the national flag after defending their SEA Games gold medal against Thailand in the Philippines, December 8, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong.
They rank sixth in Asia behind Australia (7th), Japan (10th), the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (11st), China (15th), and the Republic of Korea (20th).
The Vietnamese women's football team is currently the strongest in Southeast Asia after a hard fought win against Thailand saw them defend their gold medal at the recent SEA Games held in the Philippines.
Last August, they also became the AFF champions by defeating Thailand to end the latter’s three-year reign as champions.
The highest position that Vietnam's women football team have ever achieved in FIFA rankings is 28, six years ago. This is the first time the Vietnamese women wrapped up the year as No.1 in Southeast Asia after three consecutive years of standing second behind Thailand.
Thailand are now 38th in the world and seventh in Asia.
The US, Germany and Netherlands respectively remain the top three while the bottom three are Aruba, Madagascar and Mauritius.