Malta remains in the 182nd place in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking as the February edition was published on Thursday.
In Europe, Malta is still third from bottom – lying just behind Moldova (170) and Liechtenstein (181) and ahead of Gibraltar (194) and San Marino (211).
Malta is set to face the Faroe Islands and Spain in two home fixtures on March 23 and 26.
Newly crowned Asian champions Qatar have climbed to 55th in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, gaining 38 places – and reaching their best position since 1993 on the back of their stunning success in UAE.
The AFC Asian Cup has been responsible almost all of the notable changes in this, the first Ranking of 2019, with the scarcity of games in other confederations leaving the top 20 unchanged – and Belgium still in pole position.
Further down the table, Qatar are not the only team to have ascended in spectacular style. Fellow finalists Japan (27th, up 23) have also soared up the order, while Korea Republic (38th, up 15), United Arab Emirates (67th, up 12) and Jordan (97th, up 12) all registered double-digit gains.
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