The IFA Shield is an annual football competition organized by the Indian Football Association (IFA), West Bengal. It is the fourth oldest club cup competition in the world (started in 1893) after the FA Cup, the Scottish Cup and the Durand Cup. Along with local clubs of Bengal, clubs all around the nation and even overseas are duly invited to participate in this tournament.
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The Indian football league system is the league structure of football club competitions in India.The highest level of men's club football competition in India is the Indian Super League along with I-League (until 2022), which was founded in 1996 as National Football League.
Facts About Football Teams and Competitions in India. Football is not only celebrated in India but also across the world. It is also one of the growing sports in the country. Because of this, many teams are emerging, and competitions are organised in India. So, with continuous support, it means more tournaments will be planned, and players will enhance their skills in the field.
The AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022, which promises to be the biggest edition of the event in the modern era, will be hosted by India from January 20 to February 6.
Despite India's decline from a major football power in Asia, the team still managed to assert its dominance as the top team in South Asia. India managed to win the football competition of the South Asian Games in 1985 and then again won the gold medal in 1987. The team then began the 1990s by winning the inaugural SAFF Championship in 1993.
There are many other football tournaments in India which have been similarly ignored: DCM (Delhi Cloth Mills) Trophy, Stafford Cup, Nizam Gold Cup, Sait Nagjee Cup, Bordoloi Trophy, Scissors Cup, Independence Cup, Nadkarni Cup, Sikkim Gold Cup, Bandodkar Gold Trophy, all of which are either defunct or are at a far cry from their glory days.
One such league currently making its mark in India at the moment is the Indian Super League (ISL) for football. Although the game was always popular across certain regions and pockets of society, the league has given it mainstream attention. For instance, the AIFF has established a Strategic Plan for the next 3 years.
The Durand Cup is the oldest football competition in India. It is the 3rd oldest football tournament in the world, after the English FA-Cup and the Scottish FA-Cup. It was first held in 1888 in Annadale, Shimla. The question “Which of the following is the oldest football competition in India?” has appeared in the Oyo Q Quiz.
The football calendar also featured tournaments like the Durand Cup, IFA Shield, Rovers Cup, and Federation Cup. At an average, a decent Indian footballer whose club features in all the competitions would be able to play around 40 games per year. The Arrival of ISL Football