Football is one of the most popular games in India and is played with much enthusiasm and vigor. The fact that some of the world's oldest football tournaments are played in India underlines the rich legacy of the game, in the country. Over the years, these tournaments played throughout the year, have been playing host to the skills of India's aspiring footballers and also been a treat to the eyes of the spectators. Talking about the football tournaments held in India, IFA Shield, Durand Cup, Federation Cup, Santosh Trophy, Subroto Cup and Nehru Cup International Football Tournament are some of the major club competitions.
One of the oldest football tournaments, the IFA Shield was dominated the British football players, until Mohun Bagan recorded a victory in the year 1911. In the Durand Cup, which was initiated in the year 1888, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have recorded the highest number of wins in the tournament. The Federation Cup was started on 1977 and has been the second most honorable club level football tournament. The only tournament that includes foreign teams to play is the Nehru Cup International Football Tournament. Apart from the above mentioned tournaments, there are inter-state and interschool contests that occur in the district and state level. In this section, we deal with some of the most prestigious football tournaments in India