Indian men’s football team climbed 26 places to occupy the 147th position in the April edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking out of 209 football playing nations or regions.
The rankings were released on 9 April 2015 by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
Indian team could improve its position due to its commendable performance in two matches against Nepal held in March 2015.
India defeated Nepal 2-0 and drew 0-0 in those matches which were held as part of 2018 World Cup Qualifiers Round One.
The present improvement of 26 positions is the third biggest for India since the FIFA rankings started in 1993. The previous two biggest were 29 and 30 places in October 1993 and February 1996 respectively.
Among the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) countries, India is at third spot behind Afghanistan (135) and Maldives (141).
The top five countries/regions in the FIFA rankings are
The bottom five countries/regions in the FIFA rankings are
Cook Islands (208)
What: Placed at 147 position