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First time India cracks top 100 FIFA ranking in 21 years

First time India cracks top 100 FIFA ranking in 21 years
Written by Pallavi Parmar

First time in 21 years Indian football team has made it into the top 100 of the FIFA world rankings. On Thursday FIFA ranks were released in which the Stephen Constantine-coached side has climbed a rung and is now placed at the 100th spot along with Nicaragua, Lithuania and Estonia. In February 1996 was the last time when India was ranked in the top 100 with the 94th spot. 1996 FIFA rankings being the country’s best ever ranking. India’s headed in the rankings has been because of both away wins to triumphs over Cambodia and Myanmar. India will next face Lebanon in an international friendly on June 7, ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying clash against Kyrgyzstan on June 13.

The FIFA World Ranking is a ranking system for men’s national teams in association football which is currently led by Brazil. The teams of the member nations of FIFA are ranked based on their game results with the most successful teams being ranked highest. In December 1992, Rankings were introduced 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.

After the 2006 World Cup ranking system was most recently revamped 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. The change is perceived to respond to criticisms that the FIFA World Rankings, based upon the previous calculation method in use from January 1999 to June 2006, did not effectively reflect the relative strengths of the national teams. Alternative systems have been devised, such as the World Football Elo Ratings, based on the Elo rating system used in chess and Go ranking teams.

Top Five FIFA ranking teams

  1. Brazil
  2. Argentina
  3. Germany
  4. Chile
  5. Colombia

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Pallavi Parmar

Journalism is my profession, Blogging and Writing are my passion, Travelling is my love, Food is my life and Feminist by nature.