Women’s national team back FIFA rankings

Sports Correspondent

17 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh national women’s football team returned in FIFA rankings after the governing body of world football extended the period of inactivity from 18 to 48 months.

 A total of 25 unranked teams got back their positions in the recently published FIFA rankings on Friday.

Bangladesh last played in SAFF Women’s Championship in March 2019. However, the national team, which ranked 134th in the last rankings in 2020, now ranked 137th in the latest 167-member list.  

Bangladesh and 24 other nations were axed from the rankings published in December as these nations failed to play any international games in the last 18 months.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Football Federation women's wing chairman Mahfuza Akter Kiron told The Daily Sun that they are going to play a tri-nation series in Nepal in the upcoming FIFA window in September-November. 

“We have returned in rankings and it is a great opportunity for us. Nepal is going to organize a tri-nation cup in the next FIFA window in September-November. ANFA President has verbally invited us to play there and we've decided to go there,” she said.

“We have earlier tried to host an international match here but the situation was not favourable. Now, it has become tougher but the plan is still alive,” she added.