The Indian football team on 20 October 2016 achieved its best FIFA ranking in over six years. The team jumped 11 placed to be 137th in the latest list.
India, who defeated 114th ranked Puerto Rico in an International Friendly in Mumbai in September 2016, garnered 230 points for the month.
In August 2010, India were ranked 137th which stayed India’s best ever FIFA Ranking since then.
The Indian team was ranked 171st in February 2015 and slipped to 173rd in March 2015.
At present, Argentina tops the FIFA World Rankings, followed by Germany and Brazil.
About FIFA World Rankings
• The FIFA World Ranking is a ranking system for men’s national teams in association football.
• The teams of the member nations of FIFA are ranked based on their game results with the most successful teams being ranked highest.
• The rankings were introduced in December 1992, and eight teams (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain) have held the top position, of which Brazil have spent longest ranked first.
• A points system is used, with points being awarded based on the results of all FIFA-recognised full international matches.
• The ranking system was most recently revamped after the 2006 World Cup, with the first edition of the new series of rankings issued on 12 July 2006. The most significant change is that the rankings are now based on results over the previous four years instead of the previous eight years.