Calcutta Football League

The Calcutta Football League (CFL) is a men's professional football league in Bengal. For sponsorship reasons, the league is officially known as the Officer's Choice Blue Calcutta Premier League. One of the top football leagues in the state. League system where several football clubs of the Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta) participate. It currently consists of a seven-tier pyramid system.[1]

Calcutta Football League
কলকাতা ফুটবল লীগ
Calcutta Football League logo.png
Organising bodyIndian Football Association
Founded1898; 122 years ago (1898)
Country India
Divisions7
Number of teams12 (Premier Division A)
157 (Clubs and Units)
Domestic cup(s)IFA Shield
All Airlines Gold Cup
Current championsPeerless (1st title)
(2019)
Most championshipsEast Bengal (39 titles)
TV partnersSadhna News (live matches)
Addatimes (online streaming)
2019 CFL

Indian Football Association (IFA) conducts the CFL with 157 mostly Kolkata based clubs and units. Started in 1898, this league is the oldest league in Asia and regarded as one of the oldest football competitions in the world.[1] There are about 8,500 directly registered players of IFA who participate in CFL.

Division structureEdit

With the season starting 2015, the clubs were redistributed in to these six divisions:[1]

  1. Premier Division
    1. Premier Division A
    2. Premier Division B
  2. First Division
  3. Second Division
  4. Third Division
  5. Fourth Division
  6. Fifth Division:
    1. Fifth Division Group A
    2. Fifth Division Group B (Age Group: 13+ to U-16)

Usually in each division, the 10-team league plays a single leg, in which all teams played against each other. Then in the second leg, the league is divided into a top and bottom half. The top 5 teams played for the title while the bottom 5 played against each other to avoid relegation to a lower division. The most successful clubs participating in the top-tier of the league includes East Bengal Club, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting Club. However, since 1982, the league has been won by either East Bengal or Mohun Bagan. [2]

Prize MoneyEdit

As updated on 28 July 2019.

Purse
Champions 1 Lakh
1st Runners-up 50 Thousand
2nd Runner-up 25 Thousand
Matchday Subsidy 5 Thousand
Match winner 5 Thousand
Man of the Match 5 Thousand

SponsorshipEdit

League Title SponsorEdit

Period Sponsor Industry Tournament Name
1898–2004 No Sponsor Calcutta Football League
2005–2014 Sahara  Conglomerate Sahara Calcutta Premier League
2015–Present Officer's Choice Blue Beverage Officer's Choice Blue Calcutta Premier League

Other sponsorsEdit

  •   Shyam Steel - Referee jersey sponsor
  •   Khadim's - Prize money sponsor
  •   Cosco - Ball Sponsor

Media CoverageEdit

Period TV Channel
1898–2004 No Telecast
2005

Tara Newz

2006

Kolkata TV

2007

Zee 24 Ghanta

2008

ABP Ananda

2009-11

News Time

2012

24 Ghanta

2013-15

Jalsha Movies

2016  

News18 Bangla

2017

Kolkata TV

2018–present

Sadhna News

List of winnersEdit

The list only contains the names of the teams that have won the highest division of the league system.[3]

Club Titles Winning years
East Bengal FC 39 1942, 1945, 1946, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1961, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Mohun Bagan AC 30 1939, 1943, 1944, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2018
Mohammedan 11 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1957, 1967, 1981
Calcutta F.C. 8 1899, 1907, 1916, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1923, 1925
Dalhousie A.C 4 1910, 1921, 1928, 1929
Durham Light Infantry 3 1931, 1932, 1933
Black Watch 2 1912, 1913
Gordon Light Infantry FC 1908, 1909
King's Regiment 1904, 1905
N Staffordshire Regiment 1926, 1927
Royal Irish Rifles 1900, 1901
Peerless FC 1 2019
Scottish Borderers 1902
Eastern Railway F.C 1958
10th Middlesex Regiment 1915
12th Special Service Battalion 1919
70th Company RGA 1911
91st Highlanders 1914
93rd Highlanders 1903
Cameron Highlanders 1924
Gloucestershire Regiment 1898
Highlander Light Infantry 1906
Lincolnshire Regiment 1917

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Calcutta Football League". IFA. Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  2. ^ "ifawb.com". www.ifawb.com.
  3. ^ "List of Calcutta Football League Champions". IFA. Archived from the original on 13 May 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2013.

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