(Last Updated on : 25/06/2013)
Being considered as one of the most popular and extensively played games in India, the game of Football has brought a lot of glory to the nation, so far. Indian Football players
have earned considerable amount of recognition and reputation in the international circuit so far.
The national governing body of Football in India, the All India Football Federation
(AIFF) and various state football associations organise a number of football tournaments in India. The Indian Football tournaments are organised every year in various levels, like district, regional, state or national. The Indian Football tournaments can also be classified as the senior level tournaments and junior level tournaments or the Women's Football tournaments.
Among all the tournaments, the Indian regional Football tournaments
play probably the most important role in bringing up new talents to the national level. Indian Football
tournaments act as the backbone of Indian Football, as they provide a solid platform to the young and talented players to show their skills and get noticed. There are a number of regional Football tournaments organised in India every year. Some of the major tournaments include the Buladi Tribal Football Championship, Buladi State League, Khadim's -Trades Challenge Cup, Milo-Bankim Cup Inter School Football Tournament, Anandamela -Dabur Glucose -D Energy Cup, Peerless Nursery Football League, Vidyasagar Trophy Inter University Football Knockout Tournament, Elegant Under-19 Football League, etc.
Apart from the Indian regional Football tournaments, there are also the junior level national Football tournaments that play a vital role in the upbringing of young and talented Football players. The major Junior level national Football tournaments include the Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy, Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy, Dutta Ray Trophy, the Trades Cup, etc. Though the Indian regional Football tournaments and the junior level national Football tournaments play very important roles, it is the Indian national level tournaments that fulfil the journey of a footballer. The Indian footballers get the highest attention and recognition while playing in these national level tournaments. The tournaments like Durand Cup, IFA-Shield, Federation Cup, Santosh Trophy, Subroto Cup, Nehru Cup International Football Tournament
, etc are considered to be the best ones among all the Indian Football tournaments. Most of the footballers get selected for playing in the Indian national Football team, from these tournaments only.