The Blue Tigers make it back into the top 150 since April 2015, when they were ranked 147 by FIFA
The Indian national team, under Stephen Constantine, are ranked 148th in the world, as per the latest Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) rankings, on Thursday.
After rising to 11 places to 152 in the FIFA rankings released in July following a 7-1 aggregrate win over Laos in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying playoff, India retained their position among the 209 nations in last month’s rankings.
To climb to 148th in the latest release, India earned 219 ranking points in terms of beating 114th placed Puerto Rico (now ranked 138) 4-1 in a historic international friendly played at the Mumbai Football Arena, which was the first international fixture in Mumbai after 61 years.
India are now 26th in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) list in the rankings, which still has Iran leading at 37, with Australia at 45 and Korea Republic at 47.
Among the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) members, Maldives are now placed 165th, Bangladesh 185th, Nepal 186th, Bhutan 189th, Sri Lanka 193rd and Pakistan 194th; as India continue to dominate the rankings among the SAFF teams.
The best mover in this edition were Bolivia (75), who climbed 35 places, with the worst mover being Central African Republic (122), who dropped 35 positions to move well out of the top 100.