Santosh Trophy

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Santosh Trophy
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Founded 1941
Region India
Number of teams 31
Current champions Mizoram (1 title)
Most successful team(s) West Bengal (earlier Bengal) (31 titles)
Television broadcasters DD Sports
2013–14 Santosh Trophy

Santosh Trophy is an annual Indian football tournament which is contested by states and government institutions. The first winners were Bengal, who also lead the all-time winners list with 31 titles till date.

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. The trophy as named after the late Maharaja Sir Manmatha Nath Roy Chowdhary of Santosh, which is now in Bangladesh, who had been the President of the Indian Football Association, the football organisation of Bengal and the donators of the trophy.

The runners-up trophy, Kamla Gupta Trophy, was also donated by the IFA.

The third place teams receive the Sampangi Cup which was presented by the Mysore Football Association (now KSFA) in 1952, in the memory of Sampangi, a renowned footballer from Mysore.

Format[edit]

The competition has seen a few changes in the format through the years. In the present format, there is a qualifying round involving eight clusters of three or four teams each. The eight winners from each cluster are then drawn along with four seeded teams, who do not have to come through qualifying, and these twelve teams are then divided into four groups of three each. This is the quarterfinal league stage, in which each of the three teams in the group play each other. The winners of each group then move to the semifinals. The semifinals and the final are single-legged fixtures, with extra time, golden goal and penalty shootout, if required.

Winners[edit]

Year Winners Runners-up Score
1941–42 Bengal Delhi 5–1
1942–43 No competition
1943–44 No competition
1944–45 Delhi Bengal 2–0
1945–46 Bengal Bombay 2–0
1946–47 Mysore Bengal 0–0; 2–0
1947–48 Bengal Bombay 0–0; 1–0
1948–49 No competition No competition
1949–50 Bengal Hyderabad 5–0
1950–51 Bengal Hyderabad 1–0
1951–52 Bengal Bombay 1–0
1952–53 Mysore Bengal 1–0
1953–54 Bengal Mysore 0–0; 3–1
1954–55 Bombay Services 2–1
1955–56 Bengal Mysore 1–0
1956–57 Hyderabad Bombay 1–1; 4–1
1957–58 Hyderabad Bombay 3–1
1958–59 Bengal Services 1–0
1959–60 Bengal Bombay 3–1
1960–61 Services Bengal 0–0; 1–0
1961–62 Railway Bombay 3–0
1962–63 Bengal Mysore 2–0
1963–64 Maharashtra Andhra Pradesh 1–0
1964–65 Railways Bengal 2–1
1965–66 Andhra Pradesh Bengal 1–1; 1–0
1966–67 Railways Services 0–0; 2–0
1967–68 Mysore Bengal 1–0
1968–69 Mysore Bengal 0–0; 1–0
1969–70 Bengal Services 6–1
1970–71 Punjab Mysore 1–1; 3–1
1971–72 Bengal Railways 4–1
1972–73 Bengal Tamil Nadu 4–1
1973–74 Kerala Railways 3–2
1974–75 Punjab Bengal 6–0
1975–76 Bengal Karnataka 0–0; 3–1
1976–77 Bengal Maharashtra 1–0
1977–78 Bengal Punjab 1–1; 3–1
1978–79 Bengal Goa 1–0
1979–80 Bengal Punjab 1–0
1980–81 Punjab Railways 0–0; 2–0
1981–82 Bengal Railways 2–0
1982–83 Bengal and Goa (joint winners) 0–0; 0–0
1983–84 Goa Punjab 1–0
1984–85 Punjab Maharashtra 3–0
1985–86 Punjab Bengal 0–0; 4–1 (pen)
1986–87 Bengal Railways 2–0
1987–88 Punjab Kerala 0–0; 5–4 (pen)
1988–89 Bengal Kerala 4–3 (pen)
1989–90 Goa Kerala 2–0
1990–01 Maharashtra Kerala 1–0
1991–92 Kerala Goa 3–0
1992–93 Kerala Maharashtra 2–0
1993–94 Bengal Kerala 2–2; 7–5 (pen)
1994–95 Bengal Punjab 2–1 (golden goal)
1995–96 Bengal Goa 2–0
1996–97 Bengal Goa 1–0 (aet)
1997–98 Bengal Goa 1–0
1998–99 Bengal Goa 5–0
1999–00 Maharashtra Kerala 1–0
2000–01 No competition
2001–02 Kerala Goa 3–2 (golden goal)
2002–03 Manipur Kerala 2–1 (golden goal)
2003–04 No competition
2004–05 Kerala Punjab 3–2 (golden goal)
2005–06 Goa Maharashtra 1–1; 2–0 (AET)
2006–07 Punjab Bengal 0–0; 5–3 (Pen)
2007–08 Punjab Services 1–0
2008–09 Goa Bengal 0–0; 4–2 (Pen)
2010 Bengal Punjab 2–1
2011 Bengal Manipur 2–1
2012 Services Tamil Nadu 3–2
2013 Services Kerala 0–0; 4–3 (Pen)
2014 Mizoram Railways 3–0

Winners/runners-up[edit]

Overall tally[edit]

Team Titles Runners-up Appearance in Finals
West Bengal (earlier Bengal) 31 12 43
Punjab 8 6 14
Kerala 5 8 13
Goa 5 7 12
Maharashtra (earlier Bombay) 4 11 15
Karnataka (earlier Mysore) 4 5 9
Railways 3 5 8
Services 3 5 8
Andhra Pradesh (earlier Hyderabad) 3 3 6
Delhi 1 1 2
Manipur 1 1 2
Mizoram 1 0 1
Tamil Nadu (earlier Madras) 0 2 2

1972 onwards: After the state teams were introduced[edit]

Team Titles Runners-up Appearance in Finals
West Bengal 16 4 20
Punjab 7 5 12
Kerala 5 8 13
Goa 5 7 12
Maharashtra 3 4 7
Services 2 1 3
Manipur 1 1 2
Mizoram 1 0 1
Railways 0 4 4
Tamil Nadu 0 2 2
Karnataka 0 1 1

Scorers[edit]

Top six goalscorers of the Santosh Trophy:

  1. Inder Singh (Punjab): 45 goals
  2. Mohammed Habib (Andhra and Bengal): 34 goals
  3. Shyam Thapa (Services and Bengal): 31 goals
  4. P. K. Banerjee (Bengal and Railways): 28 goals
  5. Surajit Sengupta (Bengal): 26 goals
  6. Biswajit Bhattacharya (Bengal): 26 goals[1]

68th AIFF Santosh Trophy all results and scorers

Proposal for a new format[edit]

The main tournament will have 16 teams. The hosts along with Winners, Runners-Up, and Third-Placed will directly enter into the main tournament. If the host is among Winner, Runners-Up, or Third-Placed team, the fourth-placed team will also directly qualify to main tournament.

The remaining teams will be split into 3 zones. Top 4 teams in each zones will qualify to main tournament. Each Zones will have 2 Groups. Top-two teams in each groups will qualify to Final Round.

South & West Zone[edit]

  1. Kerala
  2. Tamil Nadu
  3. Pondicherry
  4. Karnataka
  5. Andhra Pradesh
  6. Telangana
  7. Maharashtra
  8. Goa
  9. Gujarat
  10. Daman and Diu
  11. Dadra and Nagar Haveli
  12. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  13. Lakshadweep


North & Central Zone[edit]

  1. Jammu and Kashmir
  2. Himachal Pradesh
  3. Punjab
  4. Chandigarh
  5. Haryana
  6. Delhi
  7. Railways
  8. Services
  9. Uttarakhand
  10. Uttar Pradesh
  11. Rajasthan
  12. Madhya Pradesh

East & Northeast Zone[edit]

  1. Odisha
  2. Chhattisgarh
  3. Jharkhand
  4. Bihar
  5. West Bengal
  6. Sikkim
  7. Assam
  8. Arunachal Pradesh
  9. Meghalaya
  10. Nagaland
  11. Manipur
  12. Mizoram
  13. Tripura

References[edit]