The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on 6 August 2015 released a new technical ranking system which has placed India on 22nd spot among the continent’s 46-member countries. The position of India is the highest among the South Asian nations.
South Korea topped the list among the Asian nations followed by Saudi Arabia and Iran at number 1 and number 3 positions respectively.
How the rankings were decided?
The positions of the countries were decided while keeping in account the performance of the national team and clubs (at AFC competitions) in the previous four years.
The performance of the national team was based on the recent FIFA ranking points, which carried a weightage of 30% in the calculation, while the performance of the clubs of a particular country carried 70% weightage. The calculation was done based on the four latest Asian Champions League or AFC Cup seasons.
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