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India vs Kuwait: Who is ranked higher in FIFA rankings currently?

Published at :May 27, 2024 at 10:35 PM
Modified at :May 27, 2024 at 10:35 PM
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Samannay Sen


India will look to clinch a victory against the Al-Azraqs.

The stage is set for a historic clash at the iconic Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, India. On June 6, 2024, the Indian National Football Team, will lock horns with Kuwait in a FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifier.

However, this match holds much more significance than just points on the leaderboard. It will mark the final international appearance of India’s legendary captain, Sunil Chhetri.

Chhetri, a talismanic figure for Indian football, has announced his retirement after a glittering 19-year career. The Salt Lake Stadium, his home turf for many a battle, will witness an emotional farewell as Chhetri leads his team out for one last time.

Two nations vying for bragging rights on the international stage are Kuwait and India. But beyond the on-field battles, a different kind of contest simmers – the FIFA World Rankings. As of May 27, 2024, Kuwait are positioned at 139th in the rankings, while India find themselves at 121. Let’s delve into the current rankings and explore what the future holds for both teams.

Understanding the FIFA World Rankings

The FIFA World Rankings, introduced in 1993, serve as a benchmark for a nation’s strength in international football. The ranking system considers the results of all senior men’s national teams’ official matches, with more weightage given to recent performances and the importance of the competition. Victories over higher-ranked opponents earn a team more points, while defeats result in a deduction.

Current Standings: India Edge Kuwait

As mentioned earlier, Kuwait sit at 139th in the rankings, after they faced a ban. India, on the other hand, have worsened in the rankings after their recent defeats. While the gap isn’t massive (18 positions), every ranking point counts in the international arena. India currently are ranked 121.

Factors Affecting Rankings

Recent results play a crucial role. Victories, especially against higher-ranked teams, lead to a significant positive impact. Conversely, losses, particularly against lower-ranked opponents, can result in a drop in ranking.

The importance of the tournament also plays a part. Winning a game in a high-profile competition like the AFC Asian Cup carries more weight than victories in friendlies. The ranking of the opposition significantly impacts the points gained or lost. Beating a higher-ranked team grants a bigger boost while losing to a lower-ranked team incurs a steeper penalty.

The battle for ranking supremacy between India and Kuwait goes beyond just numbers. It reflects the growing competitiveness within Asian football. As both teams strive for improvement, consistent performances in international matches will be key.

With hard work, strategic planning, and player development, India have the potential to climb the FIFA World Rankings ladder in the years to come. The future of Indian football is bright, and its journey up the rankings is a story waiting to unfold.

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