The Indian football team registered three victories in the last month, but were unable to improve in the FIFA rankings as the other teams were ranked lower than them. The Blue Tigers, who enjoyed a four-month spell inside the FIFA top 100 since May this year have slipped down to 107th in September’s ranking.
Germany have leapfrogged Brazil to the top of the rankings whereas Portugal are right behind the top two, while Argentina and Belgium follow them. India are placed 107th among 211 countries and are ranked 13th in Asia. Stephen Constantine’s men have posted impressive results in the recent past and are on an 11-match unbeaten run stretching back to 2016. In the last one month, three matches were counted for India’s FIFA rankings – the AFC Cup qualifier against Macau and Tri-Nation Football series matches against Mauritius and St. Kitts and Nevis which proved to be the reason for the slip.
While the 2-0 win over Macau fetched India 318.75 points, the 2-1 win against Mauritius won them only 127.5 points, as it was deemed in the same point category as friendlies. India drew 1-1 with St. Kitts and Nevis in their final match of the tournament and the game could earn them only 63.75 points. The fact that all three teams were lower ranked than India also hampered the total points scored.India’s friendly against Palestine, scheduled for 2nd October, has been canceled owing to the adverse affect of friendly matches on the rankings and will now most likely be played as an unofficial friendly.
Another big drop could prove to be troublesome for the AIFF with the 2019 AFC Cup and World Cup qualifiers approaching, do you think AIFF should be scheduling matches to meet the ranking requirements?