Korea Republic remained Asia’s second best ranked team having dropped two spots to 39th overall, while Japan (52nd) overtook Australia (54th) as the third best ranked side in Asia. Saudi Arabia maintained its position as the continent's fifth best ranked team, the-afc.com reported.
All of Asia’s top ten teams are currently competing in the third round of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, with unbeaten Iran leading Group A and Saudi Arabia edging out Japan to sit atop Group B.
The next FIFA World Ranking will be released on March 9.
Asia’s top 10 (global rankings in brackets):
Korea Republic (39th)
Saudi Arabia (56th)
China PR (86th)