Roadmap for Indian Football: Nehru Cup to be replaced by Champions Cup

The Blue Tigers will be in action next August as the Indian FA plan to replace the Nehru Cup with the Champions Cup.

GOAL SPECIAL REPORT    |   BY   RAHUL BALI    Follow @rahulatma on Twitter

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) revealed on Tuesday its plan to replace the Nehru Cup with the new Champions Cup. 

At a meeting held in Delhi attended by officials from the Indian Super League (ISL), I-League and Division Two clubs, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) and Star Sports, the Indian FA spoke of its intention to replace the biannual tournament.

It must be noted that Nehru Cup started back in 1982 before being left in limbo in 1997 due to lack of sponsorship. Thereafter, it was revived briefly in 2007 before once again going on a hiatus with the last edition being held in 2012.

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The AIFF and IMG-Reliance have opted to replace the Nehru Cup with the new Champions Cup from next year and will be held annually.

The suggested plan is to invite teams ranked between 120 to 150 to participate in the two-week long tournament in order to hand more matches to the Indian national team.

The tournament in 2017 is slated to be held in Bangalore or Chennai as the likes of Delhi, Goa, Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati and Kerala will be reserved for the Under-17 World Cup.