How India can break into the top 100 of the FIFA rankings in just 10 days

India climbed in the FIFA positions of April to 101, and their rise is not likely to cease.

What’s the storyline? 

India can break to the top 100 of the FIFA positions when they're published something which could be affirmed as early as April 20. They are able to leapfrog the present 100th-ranked team, Malawi, if this month the African side neglect to win one of their two matches. Malawi takes in two qualifiers for the 2018 African Nations Championship later this month on Madagascar. The first leg is on 20 April, while the second leg is scheduled for 28 April.

The context

India soared 32 places in the FIFA rankings for April that found them climb to 101st on earth. The Blue Tigers’ present rank is the highest they've reached since 2000. With no matches India will pin their hopes on 120-ranked Madagascar refusing Malawi two wins to leap a place. In their worst-case scenario, Malawi could even drop to 114 th in the rankings ladder. 

The heart of the matter

The national team’s rise in the FIFA rankings and the upward trajectory of Indian football of late have coincided. Breaking to the top 100 will be an additional step in the appropriate direction. 

What’s next? 

It's not a conviction that India will make the top 100 for the May ranks. Yet, there's a chance of it occurring should results elsewhere go in the Blue Tigers’ favour. India’s next match is a friendly on 7 June. Before that, the Blue Tigers need to rely on other teams’ results to create motions in the rankings table. 

Writer’s take

While FIFA rankings aren’t an objective method to evaluate teams, the national team getting to the top 100 will only serve to foster Indian football. Together with the Under-17 World Cup being billed as one to build India’s footballing legacy, any surge up the positions can be seen as a contribution to India’s growing footballing scene.

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