Nepal has slipped one place in the latest rankings released by FIFA, the apex body of world football.
Nepal is ranked 169th in the new FIFA rankings released on Thursday. Earlier in September, Nepal was ranked 168th in the public rankings.
Despite reaching the final for the first time in the SAAF Championship held in the Maldives from October 1 to 15, Nepal’s ranking has dropped.
Nepal had defeated the Maldives and Sri Lanka in a clean draw and drew with Bangladesh. India had lost twice in the league and final.
Nepal ranks third among South Asian nations. India, which is ahead of Nepal, has improved one place to 106th position while the Maldives has improved two places to 156th position.
Similarly, Bhutan and Bangladesh, which are behind Nepal, have improved their position to 186th and 187th positions respectively. Pakistan’s FIFA ban also improved from one place to 197th. Sri Lanka improved from one place to the 204th position.
Belgium remains at the top of the world rankings, while Brazil remains at number two. France and Italy improved from one place to third and fourth. England has dropped to fifth place.
Argentina dropped to sixth, Spain to seventh, and Portugal to eighth. Mexico is ninth and Denmark is tenth. Among Asian nations, Iran is ranked 22nd and Japan 28th.