Calcutta Premier Division

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Calcutta Football League
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 2014-15)

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 six-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 2009, the clubs were redistributed in to six divisions.[1]

  1. Premier Division
  2. Super Division
  3. First Division:
    1. First Division Group A
    2. First Division Group B
  4. Second Division
  5. Third Division
  6. Fourth Division:
    1. Fourth Division Group A
    2. Fourth Division Group B
  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 first 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.

List of winners[edit]

The list only contains the names of the teams that have won the highest division of the league system.[2]

Club Winners Winning Years
East Bengal 36 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
Mohun Bagan A.C. 29 1939,1943,1944,1951,1954,1955,1956,1959,1960,1962,1963,1964,1965,1969,1976,1978,1979,1983,1984,1986,1990,1992,1994,1997,2001,2005,2007,2008,2009
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]

2012-13 CFL


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

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