According to the 2022 FIFA men's football ranking, India ranks 104 globally and 19 among the Asian countries. In the FIFA women's world ranking, India's rank in football is 55 worldwide and 11 in Asia. The FIFA world ranking offers a deep insight into the current strength of India's men's and women's national teams.
After winning the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship in 2021, the men's team, led by Captain Sunil Chhetri, secured the 104th position, taking India's rank in football up by three spots. The team defeated Nepal in the SAFF Championship. They've recently performed considerably well under their coach, Igor Stimac, a former football player and Croatian football manager.
On the other hand, the women's team has maintained a consistent ranking for the last five years. Under the leadership of former Sweden coach Thomas Dennerby, the Indian women's team aims to rebuild its reputation worldwide by making a mark in the AFC Women's Asian Cup scheduled in January 2022. Their captain, Loitongbam Ashalata Devi, was voted as the Women’s Player of the Year by the All India Football Federation for 2018-19.
The table below highlights the latest FIFA Men's football ranking:
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This table showcases the FIFA women's football ranking:
Decoding India's Football Ranking over the Years
India's rank in football has gone up by a few spots as both the men's and the women's teams have enjoyed an impressive year leading India to victory.
India's Men's Team's World Football Ranking:
Starting in 1995, India's number of international matches gradually increased, and India's rank in football improved incrementally but consistently over time. The introduction of Bhaichung Bhutia was another aspect contributing to the upward trend. In March 1995, he made his international debut, and he and Vijayan created one of India's most potent front lines since the golden era of the 1950s and 1960s.
With Bhutia and Vijayan at the helm, India rocketed to 94th place in the FIFA rankings in February 1996, which remains the best Indian football team rating on the FIFA leaderboard to this day.
India's Women's Team's World Football Ranking:
Five countries will qualify for the 2023 World Cup directly from the Asian Cup. The Asian Cup will be held in Mumbai and Pune from 20th January to 4th February. Thomas Dennerby is confident in the Indian women's team reaching the knockout stage and achieving their goal of qualifying for the 2023 FIFA World Cup, thereby improving India's rank in football in the world.
FAQs about India's Football Ranking
- What is India's rank in football in the world for the men's team?
Ans. India's rank in football in the world for the men's team is 104.
- What is India's rank in football in the world for the women's team?
Ans. India's rank in football in the world for the women's team is 55.
- Who is the captain of the Indian men's football team?
Ans. The captain of the Indian men's football team is Sunil Chhetri.
- Who is the captain of the Indian women's football team?
Ans. The captain of the Indian women's football team is Loitongbam Ashalata Devi.