Philippines up 4 spots in AFC Club Competitions ranking

Philippines up 4 spots in AFC Club Competitions ranking

Ceres-Negros' recent performance in the AFC Cup pushes the Philippines higher in the AFC Club Competitions ranking. Dugout file photo.
by Drew Malihan

MANILA -- The Philippines rise to 13th overall in the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) Club Competition rankings based on the latest computations from Footyrankings.com.

The Philippines climbed four spots from number 17 with a cumulative total of 32.130 points, behind Jordan with 33.852 points.

This is due to the recent performance of Philippines Football League clubs Ceres-Negros and Kaya FC-Iloilo, who both participated in the 2019 AFC Cup.

China reclaims the top spot as the best AFC member association with 100 full points, dethroning Qatar who earned 97.644.

North Korea and Bangladesh meanwhile moved up the most, thanks to April 25's AFC Cup appearance and Abahani Limited Dhaka's historic knockout stage debut.

Ceres-Negros, meanwhile, ranked second in Southeast Asia after finishing as zonal semifinalist in the 2019 AFC Cup.

The Bacolod-based club earned 40.99 points, putting themselves 32nd overall ahead of Malaysian powerhouse Johor Darul Ta'zim and Thailand's Buriram United.
Kaya FC-Iloilo meanwhile sits on the 86th spot with 15.43 points ahead of several strong ASEAN clubs like Persija Jakarta (87th) and Bangkok United (89th).

Despite failing to participate in the 2019 AFC Cup, Global Cebu still ranks 75th overall thanks to their past performances, ahead of Vietnam's Becamex Binh Duong and 2019 Thai League 1 champions Chiangrai United.

The AFC Club Competition rankings is used to determine the number of clubs from each member association who will participate in the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup.

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