Association football is India's second most popular sport, and is said to rank first in popularity in states like West Bengal, Goa, Kerala and the entire northeast India . Football is played in almost all schools in India. Football is also said to be the top sport in the states of Manipur, Mizoram and Sikkim.
Domestic football in India is far more popular than domestic cricket, and many teams in the country's National Football League trace their origins back to the 1880s, when the game was introduced by British colonials.
Major Domestic Trophies
I-League is the top tier league in the Indian football league system. It was started by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) in 2007-08. It replaced the National Football League which lasted for 11 seasons. The 2007-08 season was the first season for the I-League.
Durand Cup is the oldest football tournament in India.The Durand Football Tournament was started by Mortimer Durand at Simla, India, in 1888.The initial matches were played in Dagshai. In 1940 the venue was shifted to New Delhi.
Santhosh Trophy is an annual Indian football tournament which is contested by states and government institutions. The tournament first began in 1941, and was the premier football competition in the country before the National Football League started in the year 1996.
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