India has managed to improve its position in the latest AFC Member Association rankings that was published on June 4. In order to determine how good the members are in representing their clubs in continental level, AFC follows a complex ranking system of metrics. The report card is prepared on the basis of the performance of last four years, where India managed to score 27.083 points. Syria (27.790) scored better than India and secured 14th position in the index.
Middle East country UAE has earned the top position with 95.428 points, while Korea Republic and Qatar rank 2and and 3rd with 89.128 and 82.911 points respectively. UAE’s club Al Ain reached the quarterfinals of AFC Champion League, while their national team is still fighting hard to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Asian powerhouse China managed to secure the 4rth position in the list beating Saudi Arabia. China’s Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou Evergrande reached the last eight in the last AFC Champion League. India’s Bengaluru FC has managed to go through the next round of AFC Cup and with its progress, India can hope to achieve a better position in the AFC report card in the future.
India ranked 19th in the last year’s AFC Member Association’s ranking. Last time, India jumped four places to secure its position in the 19th. Last year, two Indian clubs Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC participated in the AFC club level competition. South Korea was declared as the top-ranked team in last year’s AFC MA ranking with 96.294 points, while Saudi Arabia secured the 2nd spot with 92.938 points.
Indian national team has recently broken into the top 100 of latest FIFA rankings, as the team has secured the 100th spot alongside Nicaragua and Lithuania.