Matildas remain Asia’s top-ranked side

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Australia will head to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 as Asia’s highest-ranked side after the latest FIFA Women’s Ranking on Friday.

The top six remained unchanged, with Australia as Asia’s best-ranked team after maintaining their position at sixth in the world. Ante Milicic’s squad, are in Group C alongside Italy, Brazil and Jamaica for France 2019.

Japan, who are in Group D with England, Scotland and Argentina, moved up a notch to seventh, while DPR Korea, who will not play in France maintained at 11th in the world.

Korea Republic, who retained their position as the fourth best team in Asia at 14th, will play France, Norway and Nigeria in Group A.

China PR, paired alongside Germany, Spain and South Africa, went down one rung to 16th in the world to stay fifth.

Thailand, who will also see FIFA World Cup action, fell five spots to 34th. The Thais are in Group F alongside USA, Chile and Sweden.

Reigning world champions the United States remain at the peak of the global rankings, with Germany and England completing the top three.

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