Indian Football and the National Team have been on an upsurge with a string of good results. The recent accreditation is a climb 4 spots to reach 96th spot in the latest FIFA rankings. The Indian football team has climbed up by 77 places in FIFA Rankings over the last two years.
India’s best-ever FIFA Ranking till date stays at 94 which was attained in February 1996 while 99 stayed India’s second-best FIFA Ranking which was achieved in November 1993.
Reacting to this achievement of the national football side, All India Football Federation President Praful Patel congratulated the players as well as the support staff. “It’s a giant leap of faith for Indian football. Two years back, we were 173 and now we have reached our second best FIFA ranking ever. The leap signifies the potential of Indian football. Congratulations to the National Team boys, the coach, the staff and all in the AIFF,” he said.
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) 6 July 2017
India were ranked 171 when Stephen Constantine took over as National Coach for the second time in February 2015 and slipped further to 173 in March 2015 in the FIFA ladder even before he could have his first game in charge against Nepal, which India eventually won 2-0 on aggregate.
“When I took over, I had mentioned that my target was to bring India below 100. I am happy to have played a small part in this process. Kudos to the boys, the staff and a big thank you to my colleagues in AIFF for supporting us all throughout. I also need to thank Mr. Patel and Mr. Das for their trust in allowing me to do things in the manner I wanted,” Constantine said on the recent feat.
“But the present FIFA spot doesn’t mean that we have achieved much. We need to stay focused on the upcoming challenges,” he added.
India is set to host FIFA U-17 World Cup this year and AIFF has also expressed interest to host the Under-20 FIFA World Cup in 2019.