In the latest FIFA rankings, Indian football team (Men’s) were ranked 168. This has been India’s worst ranking since the introduction of FIFA rankings. Previously, India’s lowest ranking was the 165th spot, which they attained in 1997 and also earlier this year.
Teams like Malaysia, Solomon Islands, Nepal, Maldives, Afghanistan, Lesotho are all above India, while Bangladesh is just one position below India. Although India is the SAFF champions, ranking-wise, India is below SAFF teams like Nepal, Maldives and Afghanistan.
This also means that India will start in Nehru Cup 2012, as the lowest ranked team as the opponents – Cameroon (59th), Syria (147th), Nepal (162nd) and Maldives (161st) are all higher ranked than India. This also provides an opportunity for India to earn some ranking points during Nehru Cup.
As of now statistics are showing that India’s rankings have been on the slide and if Indian football don’t do something concrete to improve the situation the future looks bleak for Indian football.