The Indian football team reaped a good harvest of its impressive Asian Cup qualification campaign as it gained two places to jump to 104th in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday. The Blue Tigers are placed just below New Zealand (103), who missed out on a 2022 FIFA World Cup spot after losing 0-1 to Costa Rica in the intercontinental play-off earlier this month.
India’s ranking among Asian Football Confederation members, however, still remained static at 19th place. The Sunil Chhetri-led side delivered their best Asian Cup qualification campaign ever when they won all three of their league matches earlier this month to top group D and secure a place in the 24-team Finals to be held in 2023.
This was India’s fifth overall qualification in the competition and the first time in their history that they managed back-to-back qualification in Asian Cups.
In the overall world rankings, Iran retained the top spot among the AFC countries (23). Brazil remained on top, three months after taking the top spot from Belgium (2nd). Argentina jumped one place to third at the expense of France (4th) who paid the price for four winless games in the UEFA Nations League. England, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Denmark complete the top-10. The next FIFA world ranking will be out on August 25.