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Indian football team ranked 102 in November FIFA Rankings

Published at :November 30, 2023 at 7:28 PM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 1:20 AM
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Keshava Verma

The Blue Tigers are still the 18th highest-ranked team in Asia.

The Indian football team (men’s) have been ranked 102 (similar to the previous rank) in the world in the latest FIFA Rankings (Men’s), which was released on Thursday, the 30th of November. The Blue Tigers also remain 18th in Asia, following an international break where they won a game and lost another.

Their international break kicked off with a historic win against Kuwait in their 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Round 2 opener. Igor Stimac’s men stultified Kuwait away from home, and registered a 1-0 win.

Their second fixture came against Qatar in Odisha, where despite India’s best efforts, small lapses of concentration costed them the game. 

As a consequence of those two results, India gained 1.96 points this month, for a total of 1200.8, which is 1.97 points behind the next best team – Kosovo. 

India’s highest ranking of this calendar year came during July, following their Intercontinental Cup and SAFF Championship triumphs, where they defeated the likes of Lebanon and Kuwait to claim the titles, and take their points tally to 1208.69.

However, losses to Lebanon and Malaysia in September and October proved to be costly for the Blues, as both nations were lower-ranked opponents. Hence India were subjected to a larger decrease in FIFA ranking points. 

What’s next for the Blues

The Blues will next be in action in January 2024, when they compete in the AFC Asian Cup, against the likes of Australia, Uzbekistan and Syria in the group stages. The tournament holds invariable significance for the Blues, as it will be a real testament of the progress India have made in the past years. 

All three of those teams are ranked higher than India – Australia are 25th, Uzbekistan 68th and Syria 91st, so even avoiding losses in those games will give India a larger increase in points.

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