India in top 100 of FIFA rankings

This is India’s best-ever FIFA Ranking since April 1996 when India was also ranked 100. India’s highest FIFA Ranking till date has been 94, achieved in February 1996.

The national team has secured victories in 11 of its last 13 matches   -  AIFF

India has reached the top 100 in FIFA Rankings for the first time in 21 years. It is the sixth time since Independence that India has been ranked inside the 100.  India has a best ever ranking of 94, achieved in February 1996.

As per the May FIFA Rankings released earlier today, India is ranked 100th alongside Lithuania, Nicaragua and Estonia.  It stays at the 11th spot in AFC.

 

This is India’s best-ever FIFA ranking since April 1996 when India was also ranked 100.

National coach Stephen Constantine said, “As long as we keep heading up the ladder I am happy. It points out that we are heading in the right direction. There are major matches ahead and we cannot take things lightly. There’s no place for complacency.”

All India Football Federation general secretary Kushal Das said: "It’s pleasing that we are presently ranked 100. At the same time, we need to stay aware of the challenge in hand. The AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers UAE 2019 are an acid test for us."

Historic wins including a 1-0 victory over Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers – the first ever win in Myanmar in over 64 years, and India’s first ever win in an away encounter in over a decade where Constantine’s men defeated Cambodia 3-2 in an International Friendly has propelled the Indian national team to the rise in the FIFA rankings.

Add to that the 4-1 win against South American opponent Puerto Rico has also added gloss to India’s point tally.

The national team has secured victories in 11 of its last 13 matches (including an unofficial match against Bhutan), scoring 31 goals in the process.

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