Subroto Cup

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Subroto Cup
Subroto Cup Logo.png
Country India
Confederation AIFF
Founded 1960; 57 years ago (1960)
Current champions AIFF F.C. U-17 (Junior)
Govt. Chawngfiang Middle School, Mizoram (Sub-Junior))

Subroto Cup Football Tournament is one of the famous inter-school football tournament in India, named after the Indian Air Force Air Marshal Subroto Mukerjee. It started in 1960 and has been conducted every year annually since then.


Subroto Mukerjee conceived the idea in 1958 when he was the Chief of the Air Staff. Subroto Mukerjee Sports Education Society was formed in 1960[1] after his untimely death in Tokyo. The first tournament was held in 1960, with participation of about 50 school teams. The number of schools participating increased over the years. Since 1998, the tournament is played in two age groups, sub-Junior (under 14 years) and Junior (under 17 years). Madhyamgram High School, WEST BENGAL is famous for winning this tournament(U17) for 7 times in total (undisputed record till date) which include a hatrick (year 1981-82-83)


Subroto Cup is conducted by the Indian Air Force, with support from India's Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.[2] For years, it was organized by the Durand football tournament committee. In 1994, the Air Force Sports Control took over the Subroto Cup tournament and has been conducting it since then.

Preliminary inter-school tournaments are held in every state of India starting from Sub-division, district and division level culminating in the inter-school finals at the national level. The school teams, winning the state inter-school championships are then invited to participate in the main Subroto Mukerjee Cup Tournament at Delhi.

The tournament is on "Knock-out/League" system and is played in accordance with laws and rules relating to Football Association and as accepted and interpreted by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The duration of the game has been reduced to 30 minutes each half with an interval of 5 minutes. In the event of a draw, extra time of 7 minutes each half with one minute's interval is allowed. If a match ends in a draw even after extra time the Tournament Committee may direct that the game be decided by enforcing the Tie Breaker Rule.

International Participation[edit]

In 2015 Championship, For the first time Teams of Boys and Girls are coming from Afghanistan for Subroto Cup.[3] Brazilian legend and football's elder statesman Pele will come to India after a gap of 38 years after accepting an invitation to attend the final of the 56th edition of the Subroto Cup as its chief guest.[4]


Platinum Sponsor Gold Sponsor Associate Sponsor
HCL Canara Bank PVR
LIC Central Bank of India State Bank of India
Indian Overseas Bank
Union Bank of India
Delhi Dynamos FC
Air India
Andhra Bank
Oriental Bank of Commerce
Confederation of Indian Industry
Syndicate Bank
Libero Sports LLC


Winners of sub-junior football tournament[edit]

At the request of the School Games Federation of India, the Subroto Cup organisers started a sub-junior (11-14 Years) football tournament from 1998. Sixteens teams participated in the inaugural tournament, while more schools took part in the following years. Since 2000, the fairplay trophy for the sub-junior group has been named in the memory of late Lieutenant Sandeep Loomba, who died in a mountaineering expedition at Abi Gamin peak. Fairplay trophy for the junior group, medals and certificates for both the age groups, are provided by the Subroto Society

Year Winner Score Runner-Up
2016 Bangladesh Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan, Dhaka 0-0 aet; 4-2 pen India Government Model High School, Chandigarh
2015 India Government Chawngfiang Middle School, Mizoram 3-2 aet[5] Afghanistan Lycée Esteqlal, Kabul
2014 India Greenwood School, Dimapur 0-0; 5-4 pen[6] India Government Model High School, Chandigarh
2013 India Government Chawngfianga Middle School, Mizoram 3-1 India Betkuchi High School, Guwahati
2012 India Greenwood School, Dimapur 3-1[7] India Kalyangarh Bidyamandir, Kolkata
2011 Nepal Butwal Elite English School, Butwal 1-0 India Charity School, Kohima
2010 India Government Model High School, Chandigarh 5-3 India Hmar Veng High School, Kolasib
2009 India Sukantanagar Vidyaniketan, Kolkata 1-0 India Charity School, Kohima
2008 India Greenwood School, Dimapur 2-0 Bangladesh Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan, Dhaka
2007 India SAI Netaji Subhas Regional Centre, Lucknow 1-1 aet; 4-3 pen India Greenwood School, Dimapur
2006 Nepal Allied Co-Education School, Kathmandu 1-0 India Government Model School, Chandigarh
2005 India Army Public School Shillong, Shillong 2-2 aet; 5-3 pen Nepal Nobel Academy of Higher Secondary School, Kathmandu
2004 Nepal Gyanodaya Bal Batika School, Lalitpur 4-0 India Air Force Bal Bharati School, New Delhi
2003 India Holy Heart School, Aizawl 1-0 Bangladesh Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan, Dhaka
2002 India Holy Heart School, Aizawl 2-1 India Namchi Sports Hostel, Namchi
2001 India St John Bosco Boys Ups School, Sohra 1-0 India St Ignatius' High School, Gumla
2000 India Bokaro Ispat Vidyalaya, Bokaro Steel City 1-0 Nepal Galaxy Public School, Kathmandu
1999 Nepal ANFA Academy, Lalitpur 3-0 India Shri Kamlakar Chaubey Adarsh Seva Vidhyalay Intermediate College, Varanasi
1998 India Bokaro Ispat Vidyalaya, Bokaro Steel City 0-0 aet; 5-4 pen India Electric Veng, Middle School, Aizawl

Winners of U-17 football tournament[edit]

Year Winners Score Runners-Up
2015 India AIFF Academy/Indian National U-17 Team 4-1 India Little Angels Paradise Secondary School, Manipur


  1. ^ "52nd Subroto Cup kickstarts today". Yahoo! News. 4 Nov 2011. Retrieved 19 Mar 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sports Minister sanctions Rs 20 lakh for Subroto Cup". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Teams of Boys and Girls coming from Afghanistan for Subroto Cup - The Indian Talks". Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  4. ^ "Pele to come to India for Subroto Cup final". Retrieved 2015-09-10.  External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ Mizoram school lifts Subroto Cup sub-junior trophy 24 Sep 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  6. ^ Subroto Cup 2014 - U14 Boys Final: Nagaland Vs Chandigarh 2014-09-30. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  7. ^ Greenwood HSS wins Subroto Cup September 18, 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2015.

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