Calcutta Football League

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Calcutta Football League
কলিকাতা ফুটবল লীগ
CFL Logo.jpg
Sport Football
Founded 1898
No. of teams 157 (Clubs and Units)
Country  India
Most recent champion(s) East Bengal FC (Premier Division 2015-16) (36th Title)

Calcutta Football League (CFL) is the football league system where several football clubs of the Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta) participate. It currently consists of seven-tier pyramid system.[1]

Indian Football Association (IFA) conducts the CFL with 157 mostly Kolkata based clubs and units. Started in 1898, this league is the oldest league in Asia and one of the oldest in the world.[1] There are about 8500 directly registered players of IFA who participate in CFL.

Division structure[edit]

With the season starting 2015, the clubs were redistributed in to these six divisions:[1]

  1. Premier Division
  2. Premier Division A
  3. First Division
  4. Second Division
  5. Third Division
  6. Fourth Division
  7. Fifth Division:
    1. Fifth Division Group A
    2. Fifth Division Group B (Age Group: 13+ to U-16)

Usually in each division, the 10-team league plays a single leg, in which all teams played against each other. Then in the second leg, the league is divided into a top and bottom half. The top 5 teams played for the title while the bottom 5 played against each other to avoid relegation to a lower division. The most successful clubs participating in the top-tier of the league includes East Bengal Club, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting Club. However, since 1982, the league has been won by either East Bengal or Mohun Bagan. [2]

List of winners[edit]

The list only contains the names of the teams that have won the highest division of the league system.[3]

Club Winners Winning Years
East Bengal 37 1942,1945,1946,1949,1950, 1952,1961,1966,1970,1971, 1972,1973,1974,1975,1977, 1982,1985,1987,1988,1989, 1991,1993,1995,1996,1998,1999,2000,2002,2003,2004, 2006,2010,2011,2012,2013, 2014, 2015
Mohun Bagan A.C. 29 1939,1943,1944,1951,1954,1955,1956,1959,1960,1962,1963,1964,1965,1969,1976,1978,1979,1983,1984,1986,1990,1992,1994,1997,


Mohammedan S.C. 11 1934,1935,1936,1937,1938,1940,1941,1948,1957,1967,1981
Calcutta Football Club 8 1899,1907,1916,1918,1920,1922,1923,1925
Dalhousie 4 1910,1921,1928,1929
Durham Light Infantry 3 1931,1932,1933
Black Watch 2 1912,1913
Gordon Light Infantry 2 1908,1909
King's Regiment 2 1904,1905
N Staffordshire Regiment 2 1926,1927
Royal Irish Rifles 2 1900,1901
Scottish Borderers 1 1902
Eastern Railway FC 1 1958

Previous season[edit]

2014-15 CFL


  1. ^ a b c "Calcutta Football League". IFA. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
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  3. ^ "List of league winners". IFA. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 

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