FIFA rankings: India occupies 96th position

Stephen Constantine’s men share the spot with Georgia, according to the latest rankings.

The next big assignment for the Indian team is the AFC Asian Cup in 2019.   -  Prashant Nakwe

The Indian football team climbed up a spot to be placed 96th in the latest FIFA rankings.

Stephen Constantine’s men currently share the 96th spot with Georgia after FIFA implemented a new ranking system called ELO where points will be added or subtracted to a national team’s already-existing total before a match. France, which clinched the World Cup title in July, moved up from sixth to occupy the top spot.

India is currently gearing up to defend its title at the SAFF Championship to be held next month at Bangladesh. The seven-time title holder is grouped with Sri Lanka (ranked 200) and Maldives (150) in Group B of the tournament.

India’s next big assignment is the upcoming AFC Asian Cup which kicks off in January, 2019. For that tourney, the team is placed in Group A alongside host United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Thailand.