2021–22 Calcutta Premier Division

The 2021 Calcutta Football League Premier Division A was the 123rd season of the top state-level football league of West Bengal. It was held between mid-August and November of 2021.[1][2] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was decided to cancel Calcutta League last season,[3] but was played this year.[4][5]

Calcutta Premier Division A
Season2021
Dates17 August – 18 November
ChampionsMohammedan (12th title)
Matches played40
Goals scored120 (3 per match)
Highest scoringTollygunge Agragami 2–6 Peerless

Changes from last seasonEdit

Rules and regulationsEdit

  • Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic in West Bengal, the tournament format is shortened by adopting a league-cum-knockout format.[4] The 14 participating teams would be divided into two groups and each team would play against all the other teams in their respective groups once. The top three teams from each group would earn a direct quarter final berth. The remaining four teams from each group would play against each other once for the last two quarter final spots. The eight qualified teams would then play knockout matches to reach the final of Premier Division A.[5] From similar reasons ATK Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have not participated.
  • The IFA has also increased the number of overseas players a club could register from 4 to 6, but only 2 can be named in the starting eleven.[6][7]
  • The teams would be exempted from relegation this season as the lower divisions of CFL are cancelled due to the pandemic situation.[6][7]

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Relegated clubsEdit

TeamsEdit

Managers and captainsEdit

Team Head coach
Aryan   Rajdeep Nandy
Bhawanipore   Sankarlal Chakraborty
BSS   Goutam Ghosh
Calcutta Customs
George Telegraph   Ranjan Bhattacharjee
Kidderpore   Sanjib Pal
Mohammedan   Andrey Chernyshov
Tollygunge Agragami   Bimal Ghosh
Peerless   Subrata Bhattacharya
Railway   Souren Dutta
Southern Samity   Biswajit Bhattacharya
United   Steven Herbots

Foreign playersEdit

Team Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Player 6
Aryan   Aristide Vaillant   Kareem Omolaja
Bhawanipore   Kamo Stephane Bayi   Henry Kisekka
BSS   Léonce Dodoz   Seydou Kourouma
Calcutta Customs   Gatch Arthure Diomande   Varney Kallon
George Telegraph   Echezona Anyichie
Kidderpore   Ejiogu Chinedu Emmanuel   Stephen Abeiku
Mohammedan   Nikola Stojanović   Stefan Ilić   Marcus Joseph   Shaher Shaheen
Peerless   Ansumana Kromah   Dixon Alusine   Romaric Bettat
Railway   Ben Quansah   Rayden Gonzo   Kelvin Kollie
Southern Samity   Victor Kamhuka
Tollygunge Agragami   Christopher Chizoba
United   Dennis   Matthew Tendai

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Bhawanipore 6 4 2 0 14 7 +7 14 Qualified for Quarterfinals
2 BSS 6 4 1 1 13 7 +6 13
3 United 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 13
4 Mohammedan 6 3 1 2 10 5 +5 10 Relegated to Elimination round
5 Railway 6 2 1 3 8 9 −1 7
6 Southern Samity 6 1 0 5 7 12 −5 3
7 East Bengal 6 0 0 6 0 18 −18 0
Updated to match(es) played on 3 September 2021. Source: The Away End

Note: East Bengal withdrew from the league hence the oppositions were awarded walkover of 3 goals.

Fixtures and resultsEdit

Home \ Away MMD BSS BFC RLY EAB USC SSY
Mohammedan 0–1 2–0 2–2
BSS 3–1 1–3
Bhawanipore 2–0 2–2 2–2 3–0 2–1 3–2
Railway 0–1
East Bengal 0–3 0–3 0–3 0–3 0–3
United
Southern Samity 0–3 1–3 1–2 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 5 September 2021. Source: The Away End
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Peerless 6 4 1 1 14 5 +9 13 Qualified for Quarterfinals
2 Calcutta Customs 6 4 1 1 13 4 +9 13
3 George Telegraph 6 3 3 0 9 3 +6 12
4 Aryan 6 2 3 1 9 3 +6 9 Relegated to Elimination round
5 Tollygunge Agragami 6 2 1 3 8 10 −2 7
6 Kidderpore 6 1 1 4 6 16 −10 4
7 ATK Mohun Bagan 6 0 0 6 0 18 −18 0
Updated to match(es) played on 26 August 2021. Source: The Away End

Note: ATK Mohun Bagan withdrew from the league hence the oppositions were awarded walkover of 3 goals.

Fixtures and resultsEdit

Home \ Away PRL ARN TAG AMB CCU GTL KSC
Peerless 1–0 4–1
Aryan 0–0 0–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 5–1
Tollygunge Agragami 2–6 3–0 2–3 0–1 1–0
ATK Mohun Bagan 0–3 0–3 0–3 0–3
Calcutta Customs
George Telegraph 2–0 1–1 1–1
Kidderpore 0–5
Updated to match(es) played on 26 August 2021. Source: The Away End
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Elimination roundEdit

 
Play-off round 1Play-off round 2
 
      
 
 
 
 
Mohammedanw/o
 
 
 
ATK Mohun Bagan
 
Mohammedan3
 
 
 
Tollygunge Agragami1
 
Tollygunge Agragami2; 5(p)
 
 
Southern Samity2; 4(p)
 
 
Play-off round 1Play-off round 2
 
      
 
 
 
 
Aryanw/o
 
 
 
East Bengal
 
Aryan0; 2(p)
 
 
 
Railway0; 4(p)
 
Railway5
 
 
Kidderpore0
 


Knockout stageEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
1 October 2021 – Kalyani
 
 
BSS1
 
8 October 2021 - Naihati Stadium
 
George Telegraph2
 
George Telegraph0
 
5 October 2021 – Naihati Stadium
 
Railway (a.e.t.)1
 
Peerless0
 
18 November 2021 - Salt Lake Stadium
 
Railway4
 
Railway0
 
2 October 2021 – Naihati Stadium
 
Mohammedan1
 
United3
 
12 October 2021 - Kalyani
 
Calcutta Customs2
 
United0
 
9 October 2021 – Kalyani
 
Mohammedan1
 
Bhawanipore0
 
 
Mohammedan7
 

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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