Western India Football Association

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Western India Football Association
Western India Football Association logo
Formation12 July 1911[1]
HeadquartersMumbai, India
Region served
Maharashtra, India
Henry Menezes
Parent organisation
All India Football Federation
Affiliations530 teams

Western India Football Association (WIFA) is the state governing body for football in Maharashtra, India. It is affiliated with the All India Football Federation, the sports national governing body.


The Western India Football Association began on 12 July 1911. The objective of WIFA was to improve the standard of football in the Indian state of Maharashtra. There was already history though in Maharashtra as the Rovers Cup, which is India's second oldest football tournament was started in 1891.

Then in 2011, after seeing a sudden increase in Football in India, WIFA decided to revamp the Maharashtra Football System. The first thing they decided to do was renovate Mumbai's only national football stadium, the Cooperage Ground. After that they will work on starting the first ever statewide football league in Maharashtra known as The Maha League. They also announced plans to revive the Rovers Cup which had its last tournament in 2001.[2]

Maharashtra Football Pyramid[edit]

The Maharashtra pyramid consists of the national state league, The Maha League, at the top, district leagues in second, followed by leagues within the leagues. This pyramid operates during the whole calendar year, but at different times.



State National League

The Maha League
To Be Announced

District National League

MDFA Elite Division
26 clubs

Nagpur Premier League
10 clubs

Kolhapur Senior League
8 Clubs

Pune Super Division
16 clubs

Aurangabad Football League
To Be Announced

Thane Super Division
11 clubs

Nashik Football League
To be Announced

Palghar Football League
To be Announced

District League

Mumbai Super Division
32 clubs

Pune First Division
18 clubs


Mumbai Division One
Mumbai Division Two
Mumbai Division Three
Pune Division Two
Pune Division Three

District Associations[edit]

Zone President Website
Mumbai Austin Coutinho Mumbai District Football Association
Pune Dr. Vishwajeet Kadam Pune District Football Association
Nagpur Shri Atal Bhadur Singh Nagpur District Football Association
Aurangabad Captain Rafat Afandi Aurangabad District Football Association
Thane Alphonso Santiago Thane District Football Association


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