1. The Santosh Trophy is an annual football competition which is contested by all the states and government institutions which are affiliated member associations of the AIFF. Unlike other competitions in India, this tournament doesn’t feature the clubs.
2. The first
edition of the Santosh Trophy took place in 1941 whereas the Federation
Cup began in 1977 and I-League which was previously called the National
Football League started in 1996. So till the introduction of the
Federation Cup and the league, Santosh Trophy used to be the premier
national competition in the Indian football circuit.
winners trophy is named after the late Maharaja Sir Manmatha Nath Roy
Chowdhury of Santosh (now in Bangladesh),
who was the president of the IFA (Indian Football Association), the parent
body of Bengal football. The IFA had donated this
trophy in memory of their former president.The runner-up trophy is called
the Kamla Gupta Trophy which was donated by former IFA President late Dr.
S.K. Gupta in memory of his wife.
first edition of the Santosh Trophy was held in Delhi
and won by Bengal who defeated the hosts 5-1 in the
final. Last season it was held in Jammu and Kashmir
and won by Punjab who defeated Services 1-0 in the
have won the competition a record 29 times and have been finished runner
up 11 times, which is also a record. But their last triumph came in 1999,
which was the last of their six consecutive triumphs from 93-99. They also won it five years in a row from 76-80.
than Bengal there have been 11 different winners.
Defending champions Punjab have won it eight times
while Kerala have triumphed five times. Tamil Nadu is the only team who
has been in the final but has never won the competition.
have won it four times and share the history of contesting four consecutive finals with the
same opponent, Bengal from 96-99, losing all four
of them. The two teams are also part of the only final when the trophy was
shared. This happened in the 82-83 season when the final and the replay
between these two powerhouses ended in goalless draws.
year’s tournament will be held in
Tamil Nadu in four different venues with 31 teams participating. Tamil
Nadu will be hosting the competition for the tenth time with Kerala
holding the record of staging it the most number (11) of times.
who are bonafide permanent residents or born within the jurisdiction of a
State Association will be eligible to represent that association.
Alternately a player will be allowed to play for some other association if
he has not been registered with the association in which he is a permanent resident or in which,
he is born.
format has been changed many times over the years. This season the four semi
finalists (Punjab, Services, West Bengal
and Karnataka) from the last edition have direct entry into the quarterfinal
league round. While 27 other teams are divided into eight clusters. The
eight cluster winners will be brought down to four in the pre-quarter
final stage which will be one off knockout matches. The four from that
list will join the four already qualified teams in the quarterfinal round.
The eight teams will be divided into two groups, with the two group
winners and runner-ups qualifying for the semis. The semis and final will also
be held in the knockout format.