India moves two spots to 104 in the FIFA Ranking.
The Blue Tigers are ranked slightly below New Zealand (103rd), which lost to Costa Rica 0-1 in the intercontinental play-off earlier this month, eliminating it from contention for a spot in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Indian football team thus reappraised from its outstanding Asian Cup qualification campaign, moving up two spots to 104th in the most recent FIFA world rankings released on Thursday. The Blue Tigers are only ahead of New Zealand (103rd), who lost to Costa Rica 0-1 in the intercontinental play-off earlier this month, eliminating them from FIFA World Cup qualifying for the 2022 edition. India’s standing in the Asian Football Confederation, however, remained stable at 19. Iran kept holding the top spot among AFC countries at number 23.
Sunil Chhetri’s team, which won all three of its league games earlier this month to finish first in Group D and earn a spot in the 24-team Finals in 2023, had their best-ever Asian Cup qualification campaign.
India qualified for the Asian Cup for the first time ever by doing so for the sixth time overall.
Brazil is in first place in the overall rankings three months after ousting Belgium (2nd).
As retaliation for their four straight defeats in the UEFA Nations League, Argentina moved up one spot to third, knocking France (4th) off the summit.
Denmark, England, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and Portugal round out the top 10. FIFA will present its most recent world rankings on August 25.