With SAFF Cup Win, India Move Up 3 Spots In FIFA Rankings

india-maldives-saff-cup-2015 team moved up three rungs to occupy 163rd spot in the FIFA rankings issued on Thursday on the back of its SAFF Cup title triumph.

had beaten Afghanistan 2-1 in the summit clash on January 3 in Thiruvananthapuram to lift the SAFF Cup for the seventh time.

Before that, the home team had beaten Sri Lanka (2-0) and Nepal (4-1) in the group stages and Maldives (3-2) in the semifinals.

All the four SAFF Cup matches were taken into account in the calculation of the rankings. Five of India’s matches played in December 2011 went out of rankings calculations as they now fall outside the four-year period.

With 139 points to its tally, a gain of seven points from previous month, India occupy 31st spot among Asian countries.

Iran, on 43rd spot, leads the Asian countries, followed by Korea (51), Japan (53), Australia (59) and UAE (64).

Overall, continued to lead the rankings table, followed by , , , Chile and in top five.

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