Calcutta Football League

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Calcutta Football League
Calcutta Football League logo.png
Organising body Indian Football Association
Founded1898;123 years ago (1898)
CountryFlag of India.svg  India
Divisions7
Number of teams14 (Premier Division A)
160 (Clubs and Units)
Promotion to Green Arrow Up.svg I-League 2nd Division
Domestic cup(s) IFA Shield
All Airlines Gold Cup
Current champions Peerless SC (1st title)
(2019–20)
Most championships East Bengal (39 titles)
TV partnersSadhna News (live matches)
Addatimes (online streaming)
Current: 2019–20 Calcutta Premier Division

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

Contents

Indian Football Association (IFA) conducts the CFL with 157 mostly Kolkata based clubs and units. Started in 1898, this league is the oldest football 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 structure

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 until 2019 when Peerless SC made history by winning their maiden league title and becoming the first team outside the Kolkata's Big Three to win the league after a gap of 61 years. [2]

Prize Money

As updated on 28 July 2019.

Purse
Champions 10 Lakh
1st Runners-up 5 Lakh
2nd Runner-up 25 Thousand
Matchday Subsidy 5 Thousand
Match winner 5 Thousand
Man of the Match 5 Thousand

Sponsorship

League Title Sponsor

PeriodSponsorIndustryTournament Name
1898–2004No SponsorCalcutta Football League
2005–2014Sahara SIP-logo eng new-(rgb).jpg Conglomerate Sahara Calcutta Premier League
2015–Present Officer's Choice Blue Beverage Officer's Choice Blue Calcutta Premier League

Other sponsors

Media Coverage

PeriodTV Channel
1898–2004No 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 logo.jpeg

News18 Bangla

2017

Kolkata TV

2018–present

Sadhna News

List of winners

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

ClubTitlesWinning years
East Bengal 391942, 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 301939, 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 SC 111934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1957, 1967, 1981
Calcutta F.C. 81899, 1907, 1916, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1923, 1925
Dalhousie A.C. 41910, 1921, 1928, 1929
Durham Light Infantry 31931, 1932, 1933
Black Watch 21912, 1913
Gordon Light Infantry FC 1908, 1909
King's Regiment 1904, 1905
N Staffordshire Regiment 1926, 1927
Royal Irish Rifles 1900, 1901
Peerless SC 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

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References

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