A 7-1 win on aggregate over Southeast Asian nation Laos in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying playoff has triggered India to propel eleven places higher to be ranked 152nd among 209 member nations of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
In the latest FIFA World Rankings released on Thursday, India are the highest ranked football team in South Asia - South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) and 27th in the Asian Continent - Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
India had played two home and away legged matches against Laos early last month and 0-1 victory away from home and a 6-1 thumping in Guwahati helped the team of a 1.3 billion people nation get into the next round of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup campaign, albeit exiting from the race to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in May.
However, no AFC member has been able to break into the top 25 as Iran are still the highest ranked - 39th in the world. Former SAFF and now CAFF (Central Asian) member Afghanistan are ranked two places above India at 150.
Other SAFF members, Maldives are placed 174th, Bangladesh 183rd, Nepal 188th, Bhutan 192nd, Sri Lanka 193rd and Pakistan 194th. The worst mover is Belize as it dropped 50 places to 164th. New Zealand are the highest gainers as they are ranked 93rd, up by 54 places.
Copa America Centenario runners-up Argentina occupy the top postition and Belgium are a close second. Recently crowned UEFA Euro Champions Portugal are placed 6th. France break into the top ten after a long while and are ranked 7th.