India who is ranked 147th in the latest FIFA rankings in football, moved 26 place in the right direction after drawing and beating Nepal in the qualifiers last month.
India beat Nepal 2-0 and drew 0-0 in the 2nd leg which helped them amass 86 average points and lifted them form a lowly 173rd in the previous rankings. This ranking is the joint highest that the nation has ever achieved in this sport.
Stephen Constantine the coach of the national team before the Nepal games has 161 points and is placed 3rd in the SAFF countries after Afghanistan and Maldives.
The jump of 26 places today was also the third biggest jump after 29 and 30 in 93 and 96 respectively. Germany who are the reigning champions held onto their top spot and were followed by the runners up Argentina in the second place. Belgium were ranked third only before Columbia and Brazil in the new rankings.
The country in the Himalayas, Bhutan are the highest jumpers this month. They moved a colossal 46 spots and came out of the bottom of the list at 209 and moved to the 163rd spot in the new rankings after having beaten Sri Lanka twice in the qualifiers for the World Cup 2018. This incidentally is their first victory in the qualifiers.