Despite making a lot of improvements in the last few years, Cambodia is still ranked close to the bottom globally in futsal.
The latest World Futsal Ranking that was released on March 25 put Cambodia in the 107th position out of 115 countries.
The Kingdom obtained a total of 588 points, placing it just behind Mongolia and above Timor-Leste.
Cambodia actually regressed three spot after being ranked 104th in December 2019.
Still, Cambodia can take comfort from the fact that it is not the lowest-ranking country in Southeast Asia.
That ignominious distinction belongs to the tiny oil-rich state of Brunei, which is ranked 112th worldwide, just three spots ahead of last-placer San Marino.
Globally, Brazil, which obtained a total of 1,810 points, is ranked first, followed by Spain, Argentina, Russia, Portugal, Iran, Kazakhstan, Italy, Paraguay and Croatia.
In the region, Thailand is the top futsal-playing nation, being ranked 17th globally. Thailand is followed by Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar. The Philippines, Laos and Singapore were not included in the main rankings as they are inactive in futsal for more than 24 months.
The rankings are based on the performance of each country in various international tournaments such as the continental championship and World Cup finals. Friendly matches are also counted in the rankings.
Despite the low ranking, Cambodia is in the position to improve further or excel in the sport, which is similar to football, the most popular sport in this Kingdom of 16 million people.
Cambodia has also been sending teams to compete in international futsal competitions.
Cambodia sent teams to compete in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Futsal Championships in 2018 (Indonesia) and 2019 (Vietnam). Last year, Down Town Sport FC of Cambodia placed fourth in the AFF Futsal Cup Championship in Thailand after losing to Myanmar’s Imperial University Futsal Club in the battle for third place.
Futsal is similar to football, except that it is an indoor sport, played on a hard court and played by two teams with five players each on the pitch at all times.
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