All India Football Federation

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All India Football Federation
All India Football Federation Logo.svg
Founded23 June 1937; 85 years ago (1937-06-23)
HeadquartersDwarka, New Delhi
FIFA affiliation1948
AFC affiliation1954
SAFF affiliation1997
PresidentKalyan Chaubey
Vice-PresidentN. A. Haris

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is the governing body of football in India under jurisdiction of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. Formed in 1935 founded at Darbhanga, the federation was one of the founding members of the Asian Football Confederation, the overseer of football in Asia.

The AIFF sanctions and runs all competitive football tournaments and leagues at a national level, namely the Indian Super League, I-League and Super Cup. The federation also indirectly manages local football competitions through the state associations. The federation is also responsible for managing the India national football team, as well as the women's team and the various youth national sides.

The AIFF is also part of the South Asian Football Federation, the organization that runs football in South Asia. The federation is based in Dwarka, New Delhi.


Before the formation of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the de facto ruling body for association football in India were the Indian Football Association (IFA).[1] The IFA was founded in 1893 and ran the game in the Bengal region.[2] The federation was mainly governed by Englishmen and served as the most powerful football body in the country during the early 20th century.[1]

Efforts to form a countrywide football federation were started in 1935 by the IFA when the federation, as well as seven other associations, met at a conference but no consensus could be reached.[1] After differences in opinions and other conflicts were resolved, a meeting was conducted in March 1937 which would serve to be the beginning of the start of the AIFF.[1] The AIFF was officially founded on 23 June 1937 after representatives from six regional football associations met at the Army Headquarters in Shimla. Namely, the six regional football associations were the IFA, Army Sports Control Board, United Provinces, the North West India Football Association, the Bihar Football Association, and Delhi Soccer Association.[1]

After the launch of the national football federation, the idea of an India national football team did not gain much momentum until after India gain independence in 1947.[1] Select Indian teams did participate in tours of Australia, Burma, Afghanistan, and South Africa but none were officially part of the national team.[1] In 1948, one year after independence and 11 since forming as a football association, the AIFF gained affiliation with FIFA, the governing body for football around the world.[3] Later that year, the national team was officially formed and participated in their first official tournament, the 1948 Summer Olympics.[1] In 1950, the national team automatically qualified for the 1950 FIFA World Cup which was to be held in Brazil after all the teams in India's qualification group withdrew.[3] However, prior to the tournament, India themselves withdrew from the World Cup with the AIFF citing the reason as due to lack of funding.[3] Other reasons given for India's withdrawal included the players playing mainly barefooted and that the AIFF valued the Summer Olympics tournament more than the FIFA World Cup at the time.[3] In 1952, during the Olympics in Finland, India was defeated in the first round by Yugoslavia 10–1. This defeat made the AIFF make it mandatory for players on the national team to wear football boots.[3] In 1954, the AIFF played an active role in promoting football in Asia when they were one of the founding members of the Asian Football Confederation.[3] India took part in four straight Olympic football tournaments between 1948 and 1960 but have failed to qualify since.[3] In 1985, India started to participate in World Cup qualifiers again but have failed to make it to the tournament.

In 1977, the AIFF started the Federation Cup which was the first club based national tournament in the country.[4] The Santosh Trophy, the national tournament for state teams, was started in 1941.[5]

In 1996, the AIFF began the first national league in the country, the semi-professional National Football League.[6] Before this, most clubs played in state leagues or select nationwide tournaments.[6]

In 2006, the AIFF reformatted the league as the I-League in an effort to professionalise the game.[7] However, during the following seasons, the league suffered from a lack of popularity due to poor marketing.[8]

In September 2006, the AIFF signed a 10-year television and media contract with Zee Sports. The deal would make Zee broadcast the National Football League, later the I-League, and other tournaments organised by the AIFF and selected India's international matches.[9] However, in October 2010, the deal between the AIFF and Zee Sports was terminated after differences between both parties related to payment and marketing of football in India.[10]

On 9 December 2010, it was announced that the AIFF had signed a new 15-year, ₹700 crore deal with Reliance Industries and the International Management Group.[11]

On 15 August 2022, FIFA suspended the federation for violating its statutes on third-party interference. India was stripped off its hosting rights for international football tournaments, including the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup scheduled for October 2022.[12] The Suspension was lifted on 27 August 2022. As a result, 2022 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup scheduled for October 2022 will be held as planned.[13]



Current title holders[edit]

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
Senior (Men's)
Indian Super League 2021–22 Hyderabad
ISL Champions Kerala Blasters 2022–23
Jamshedpur ISL Premiers
I-League 2021–22 Gokulam Kerala I-League Champions Mohammedan 2022–23
Santosh Trophy 2021–22 Kerala National Champions West Bengal 2022–23
Futsal Club Championship 2021 Delhi Mohammedan 2022
Senior (Women's)
Indian Women's League 2021–22 Gokulam Kerala IWL Champions Sethu 2022–23
Senior Women's National Football Championship 2021–22 Manipur National Women's Champions Railways 2022–23

State leagues list[edit]

National teams[edit]

State federations[edit]

There are currently 37 state associations affiliated with the All India Football Federation.[14]

Executive committee[edit]

Other members[edit]

  • Shabbir Ali[a] – Chairperson, Advisory Committee
  • Valanka Natasha Alemao – Chairperson, Women's Committee
  • Thongam Tababi Devi[a] – Deputy Chairperson, Women's Committee
  • Anil Kumar P. – Chairperson, Competitions Committee
  • Amit Dey – In-Charge of Futsal
  • Avijit Paul– State Development
  • Malojiraje Chhatrapati
  • Menla Ethenpa – Finance
  • Baichung Bhutia[a]
  • GP Palguna
  • Mohan Lal
  • K. Neibou Sekhose
  • Deepak Sharma
  • Vijay Bali
  • Syed Imtiaz Husain
  • Syed Hasnain Ali Naqvi


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Co-opted Eminent Former Players

Past office bearers[edit]

See also[edit]


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  7. ^ "AIFF's I-League to have 10 teams". Rediff. 21 November 2007. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  8. ^ Dhar, Pulasta (6 January 2016). "The fall of the I-league". Livemint. Archived from the original on 16 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Zee Sports in football deal". DNA India. 26 September 2005. Archived from the original on 3 July 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  10. ^ Bali, Rahul (10 October 2010). "Three Member Committee To Negotiate With Zee To End The Contract". Archived from the original on 30 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  11. ^ "AIFF signs 700-crore deal with IMG-RIL". Times of India. Archived from the original on 30 May 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  12. ^ dh/kb (15 August 2022), FIFA suspends All India Football Federation, Deutsche Welle, archived from the original on 16 August 2022, retrieved 16 August 2022
  13. ^ "FIFA lifts suspension of All India Football Federation". FIFA. 27 August 2022. Archived from the original on 28 August 2022. Retrieved 4 September 2022.
  14. ^ "State Associations". Archived from the original on 19 December 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  15. ^ Sports Desk, FPJ (2 September 2022). "Former goalkeeper Kalyan Chaubey appointed new AIFF President". Archived from the original on 4 September 2022. Retrieved 4 September 2022.
  16. ^ "List of AIFF executive committee members & co-opted eminent players". Khel Now. 2 September 2022. Archived from the original on 4 September 2022. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  17. ^ Media Team, AIFF (3 September 2022). "AIFF Executive Committee appoints Shaji Prabhakaran as new Secretary General". New Delhi: All India Football Federation. Archived from the original on 4 September 2022. Retrieved 4 September 2022.
  18. ^ a b Kapadia, Novy (23 June 2012). "A History of the All India Football Federation (AIFF)". Sportskeeda. Archived from the original on 25 March 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  19. ^ Sarkar, Riddhiman (28 August 2022). "Former AIFF presidents: Looking back at their tenures". Khel Now. Archived from the original on 27 September 2022. Retrieved 5 September 2022.
  20. ^ a b D'Mello, Anthony (1959). Portrait Of Indian Sport. Macmillan. Retrieved 5 September 2022.
  21. ^ "Former AIFF chief Lakshmanan passes away". AFC. 1 May 2018. Archived from the original on 27 September 2022. Retrieved 27 September 2022.

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