Brunei 191st in FIFA rankings

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam’s national football team saw no change in their world position at 191st place, following the latest revision of the FIFA rankings as of September 2020.

The Wasps amassed 904 points, which remained unchanged since the last rankings in June.
Brunei sit one place ahead of American Samoa and one spot behind Mongolia, who were their last opponents during the FIFA World Cup qualifiers last year.

The national team remained at 42nd place out of 46 entries in the rankings designated for members associations who are under the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), ahead of Timor Leste, Guam, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

They have been listed as one of the countries to take part in the AFC Solidarity Cup prior to the cancellation of the tournament.

With the AFC Solidarity Cup cancelled, the immediate target for the national team is the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup, which will be tentatively held in April 2021.

Brunei are expected to play Timor Leste, who slipped a place to 197th in the latest rankings, in the qualifying phase for a berth in the main draw of the tournament.

With the AFF Suzuki Cup in mind, the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) has started preparations to assemble a national team
after they held a five-day training camp. The training also coincided with the FIFA calendar window.

Meanwhile, Japan remained as the top-ranked nation in the AFC, with a world ranking at 28th.

AFC’s second-ranked Islamic Republic of Iran were the biggest movers in the continent after climbing up three places to 30th in the world ranking.

Korea Republic and Australia, both rose one place in the rankings, as well as upcoming World Cup hosts Qatar rounded the top five AFC countries.

Vietnam lead the ASEAN zone rankings in 94th place followed by Thailand, who dropped a place in the world rankings to 114th, and the Philippines at 124th.

The ASEAN zone table is followed by Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei and Timor Leste.

After an enforced break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the resumption of international football marked by the UEFA Nations League means that there is movement in the rankings.

Portugal’s flawless start in the UEFA Nations League catapulted them to the top five countries in the world rankings, relegating Uruguay a place down to sixth.