The Indian football team has made a steady ascent to go up to 148th position, according to the latest Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) rankings released by the apex football body.
In July 2016, India propelled 11 positions to be ranked 152nd in the world after a 7-1 win on aggregate over Southeast Asian nation Laos in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying playoff.
India played against a higher-ranked team for the first time in two years when they faced 114-ranked Puerto Rico in September 2016.
In the international friendly in Mumbai, they came back from being a goal down to win 4-1. Narayan Das, Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua and Jackichand Singh scored for the Men in Blue.