Without playing a friendly, the Philippines manages to move up a couple of places in the FIFA/Coca-Cola rankings for the month of August, based on what FIFA released on their website earlier on Wednesday.
The nation moves up to 150th in the world with 167 points, four points behind the island of Cuba and seven points ahead of Yemen. The previous month had been only at 157 points, with the increase in points due to the devaluation of matches from the previous years.
Only twelve matches were scheduled during the window for the monthly release of the rankings, with most of the attention going towards the Olympic Games in London. However, one of the dozen matches included the first-ever international match of the newly-created South Sudan, a 2-2 draw against Uganda that rewarded them enough points to be ranked 199th in the world. The recently-held FIFA Congress in Budapest had officially inducted the country as its 209th member.
Spain and Germany remain on top of the rankings, with the only change in the top ten being England and Uruguay swapping 3rd and 4th spots.
The other regional leaders are CAF's Ivory Coast (unchanged at 16), CONCACAF's Mexico (up one spot at 18), AFC's Japan (down two spots at 22) and OFC's New Zealand (unchanged at 95).
With a 26-spot drop in the rankings, Vietnam has fallen behind Thailand as the highest-ranked ASEAN nation, with the co-hosts of the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup moving up two spots and is now tied at 133rd with Burundi, while the ertswhile leaders are now 146th. The reigning Suzuki Cup champion Malaysia is tied at 157th with Aruba.
Upcoming friendly match opponents US Virgin Islands are ranked 178th, while fellow ASEAN members Cambodia, Singapore, Laos are ranked T-191st, T-162nd and T-194th, respectively.
As for the Elo Ratings, the Philippines is 167th overall with 1145 rating, just one behind Eritrea and five ahead of the Dominican Republic.