Subroto Cup

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Subroto Cup
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Founded1960;61 years ago (1960)
Confederation AIFF
Current champions

Subroto Cup Football Tournament is a prestigious international inter-school football tournament that is held annually in New Delhi, India. Named after the Indian Air Force Air Marshal Subroto Mukerjee, it is an annual event that began in 1960. Students from many countries across Asia participate in this tournament, making it one of the more noteworthy school-level football competitions.



Subroto Mukerjee conceived the idea in 1958 when he was the Chief of the Air Staff. Subroto Mukerjee Sports Education Society was formed in 1960 [1] after his untimely death in Tokyo. The first tournament was held in 1960, with participation of about 50 school teams. The number of schools participating increased over the years. Since 1998, the tournament is played in two age groups, sub-Junior (under 14 years) and Junior (under 17 years). Madhyamgram High School, WEST BENGAL is famous for winning this tournament(U17) for 7 times in total (undisputed record till date) which include a hat trick (year 1981-82-83)


Subroto Cup is conducted by the I A F, with the help of Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. [2] For years, it was organized by the Durand football tournament committee. In 1994, the Air Force Sports Control took over the Subroto Cup tournament and has been conducting it since then.

Preliminary inter-school tournaments are held in every state of India starting from Sub-division, district and division level culminating in the inter-school finals at the national level. The school teams, winning the state inter-school championships are then invited to participate in the main Subroto Mukerjee Cup Tournament at Delhi.

The tournament is on "Knock-out/League" system and is played in accordance with laws and rules relating to Football Association and as accepted and interpreted by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The duration of the game has been reduced to 30 minutes each half with an interval of 5 minutes. In the event of a draw, extra time of 7 minutes each half with one minute's interval is allowed. If a match ends in a draw even after extra time the Tournament Committee may direct that the game be decided by enforcing the Tie Breaker Rule.

International Participation

In 2015 Championship, For the first time Teams of Boys and Girls are coming from Afghanistan for Subroto Cup. [3] Brazilian legend and football's elder statesman Pele will come to India after a gap of 38 years after accepting an invitation to attend the final of the 56th edition of the Subroto Cup as its chief guest. [4]


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Winners of sub-junior football tournament

At the request of the School Games Federation of India, the Subroto Cup organisers started a sub-junior (11-14 Years) football tournament from 1998. Sixteens teams participated in the inaugural tournament, while more schools took part in the following years. Since 2000, the fairplay trophy for the sub-junior group has been named in the memory of late Lieutenant Sandeep Loomba, who died in a mountaineering expedition at Abi Gamin peak. Fairplay trophy for the junior group, medals and certificates for both the age groups, are provided by the Subroto Society

2016 Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan, Dhaka 0-0 aet; 4-2 pen Flag of India.svg Government Model High School, Chandigarh
2015 Flag of India.svg Government Chawngfiang Middle School, Mizoram 3-2 aet [5] Flag of Afghanistan.svg Lycée Esteqlal, Kabul
2014 Flag of India.svg Greenwood School, Dimapur 0-0; 5-4 pen [6] Flag of India.svg Government Model High School, Chandigarh
2013 Flag of India.svg Government Chawngfianga Middle School, Mizoram 3-1 Flag of India.svg Betkuchi High School, Guwahati
2012 Flag of India.svg Greenwood School, Dimapur 3-1 [7] Flag of India.svg Kalyangarh Bidyamandir, Kolkata
2011 Flag of Nepal.svg Butwal Elite English School, Butwal 1-0 Flag of India.svg Charity School, Kohima
2010 Flag of India.svg Government Model High School, Chandigarh 5-3 Flag of India.svg Hmar Veng High School, Kolasib
2009 Flag of India.svg Sukantanagar Vidyaniketan, Kolkata 1-0 Flag of India.svg Charity School, Kohima
2008 Flag of India.svg Greenwood School, Dimapur 2-0 Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan, Dhaka
2007 Flag of India.svg SAI Netaji Subhas Regional Centre, Lucknow 1-1 aet; 4-3 pen Flag of India.svg Greenwood School, Dimapur
2006 Flag of Nepal.svg Allied Co-Education School, Kathmandu 1-0 Flag of India.svg Government Model School, Chandigarh
2005 Flag of India.svg Army Public School Shillong, Shillong 2-2 aet; 5-3 pen Flag of Nepal.svg Nobel Academy of Higher Secondary School, Kathmandu
2004 Flag of Nepal.svg Gyanodaya Bal Batika School, Lalitpur 4-0 Flag of India.svg Air Force Bal Bharati School, New Delhi
2003 Flag of India.svg Holy Heart School, Aizawl 1-0 Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan, Dhaka
2002 Flag of India.svg Holy Heart School, Aizawl 2-1 Flag of India.svg Namchi Sports Hostel, Namchi
2001 Flag of India.svg St John Bosco Boys Ups School, Sohra 1-0 Flag of India.svg St Ignatius' High School, Gumla
2000 Flag of India.svg Bokaro Ispat Vidyalaya, Bokaro Steel City 1-0 Flag of Nepal.svg Galaxy Public School, Kathmandu
1999 Flag of Nepal.svg ANFA Academy, Lalitpur 3-0 Flag of India.svg Shri Kamlakar Chaubey Adarsh Seva Vidhyalay Intermediate College, Varanasi
1998 Flag of India.svg Bokaro Ispat Vidyalaya, Bokaro Steel City 0-0 aet; 5-4 pen Flag of India.svg Electric Veng, Middle School, Aizawl

Winners of U-17 football tournament

2019Hopewel Elias Higher Secondary School, Shillong, Meghalaya1-0Bangladesh Krida Shiksha Protishthan, BKSP, Bangladesh
2018 Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan, Dhaka 1-0 [8] Flag of Afghanistan.svg Amini School, Afghanistan
2017 Flag of India.svg St. Columbus Collegiate School, Jharkhand 2-1 [9] Flag of India.svg Army Boys Company
Flag of India.svg Army Boys, Bangalore
Flag of India.svg Little Angels Paradise Secondary School, Manipur

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