Bengaluru to host South Zonal Santosh Trophy tournament from 17 Jan 2018

The South Zone qualifiers for the AIFF National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy 2017-18 will be held at the Bangalore Football Stadium from January 17, 2018 to January 22, 2018. 

At a press conference today, at Bangalore Football Stadium, in the presence of all the respected officials and board members, it was announced that the South Zonal Santosh Trophy will officially be hosted by the KSFA at Bangalore Football Stadium. Along with this, KSFA launched its new logo and the new team jersey for this season.

logo ksfa jersey

Eight teams divided into two groups will play a round-robin league and the respective group winners will advance to the final stage of the Santosh Trophy – the premier inter-state championship, which has been running since its inception in 1941.

Apart from hosts Karnataka, the other teams in the tournament include Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Pondicherry, Andaman & Nicobar and Services.

Group A

Group B

Karnataka

Kerala

Services

Andhra Pradesh

Telangana

Tamil Nadu

Pondicherry

Andaman & Nicobar

 

“We thank the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for giving the Karnataka State Football Association (KSFA) the opportunity to stage the South Zone leg of the most prestigious national football championship. We are confident of organizing a stellar event and seek the support of the football fans in the city and state to watch some of the best football talent in the coming tournament,” said Mr. N. A. Harris, President of the KSFA. “Karnataka has always been a powerhouse of Indian football and we strongly feel that hosting this event will be a huge boost for players from the state at a time when the game is gaining immense popularity all over the country. We thank the sponsors
who readily agreed to support this esteemed tournament at short notice.” Drawing a focus on involving the general public, Mr. N. A. Haris quoted, “We are going all out to ensure the event draws full houses on all match days. Certain sections of the stands will house spectators with entry tickets of Rs 100 and Rs 50, while a large section of the stands will be open to the public free of cost. All arrangements have been made according to the requirement of AIFF and all officials named by the AIFF will be supervising and officiating the matches.”

Football fans in the state can expect a thrilling display of sporting talent as some of the best teams are in the fray. Apart from Karnataka who will be trying to extend their good record as hosts, the biggest challenge is expected within the same group, from the exemplary Services team. Kerala, like Services, have won the Santosh Trophy five times and also prove to be strong contenders from the other group in the South Zone, which includes other strong contenders Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Two matches will be played every day from January 17 to January 22, 2018. Three points for a win, one point for draw and zero points for a loss will be awarded. The two teams that top the respective groups on points will advance to the final stages.

MYSORE/KARNATAKA SANTOSH TROPHY RECORD

Year

Venue

Winner

Runner

1946-47

Bangalore

Mysore

Bengal

1952-53

Bangalore

Mysore

Bengal

1953-54

Calcutta

Bengal

Mysore

1955-56

Ernakulam

Bengal

Mysore

1962-63

Bangalore

Bengal

Mysore

1967-68

Cuttack

Mysore

Bengal

1968-69

Bangalore

Mysore

Bengal

1970-71

Jalandhar

Punjab

Mysore

1975-76

Kozhikode

Bengal

Karnataka

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