World football’s governing body, FIFA, have released the FIFA World Rankings earlier today in which India have lost five places to be currently ranked 168th amongst the 209 ranked nations and territories, while within Asia, India remain 32nd amongst 46 nations in the rankings.This is India’s worst-ever ranking since the FIFA World rankings were launched. India are 168th in the world rankings behind Lesotho and ahead of neighbours Bangladesh with 106 points, 15 points less then last month’s ranking.The countries in South Asia are ranked lower than they have ever been in the world rankings before. Amongst the South Asian nations India remain fourth behind the Maldives (161st), Nepal (162nd), Afghanistan (164th), but ahead of Bangladesh (169th), Pakistan (176th), Sri Lanka (179st) and Bhutan (206th).
Team India under new coach Wim Koevermans now play the Nehru Cup later this month in New Delhi, but it is not clear if all their matches against Cameroon, Syria, the Maldives and Nepal will be ‘A’ internationals and then counted for the rankings.
Meanwhile there has been only one change amongst the top five of the FIFA World Rankings. World champions Spain (1,605 points) stay at the top with Germany (1,474) remaining second, but England (1,294) move into third after exchanging spots with Uruguay (1,236), while Portugal (1,213) remain fifth.
Published with permission from Arunava about Football.