Federation Cup (India)
The Federation Cup, also known as Hero Federation Cup for sponsorship reasons, was an annual single round robin and knockout style club football tournament in India that started in 1977. From its inception, until I-League was started in 1997 (then called NFL), it was the most prestigious national level club football tournament in India. Until 2017, it was the most important club tournament after the I-League, to which it became a de facto League Cup. The winning club of the Federation Cup gained a chance to compete in the continental level in AFC Cup.
(continued as Super Cup)
|Number of teams||Varies |
|Qualifier for||AFC Cup|
|Last champions||Bengaluru FC (2nd title)|
|Most successful club(s)||Mohun Bagan (14 titles)|
|Television broadcasters||TEN 2|
|Motto||Where pride meets passion|
In April 2015, All India Football Federation announced that Federation Cup will be put "on hold" for "2–3 years" to avoid scheduling conflict with Indian Super League and I-League., but after Asian Football Confederation mandated that a club must play 18 matches in the season, AIFF decided to revive the tournament.
Matches during the Federation Cup were usually held at neutral venues around India. The Final is also held in a neutral venue. From 2015–16 season matches will be played as two legged (home and away)knockout format. Final will be in a neutral venue.
Past winners and runners-up
- a.e.t.: after extra time
- pen.: score in penalty shootout
Teams reaching final
|Winner||Winning Years||Runners-up||Runners-up Years|
|Mohun Bagan||20||14||1979*, 1980*, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987
1992, 1993, 1994, 1998
2001, 2006, 2008, 2015–16
|6||1977, 1983, 1985, 2004, 2010, 2016–17|
|East Bengal||16||8||1979*,1980*,1985, 1996, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012||8||1984,1986,1992, 1995,
|Salgaocar S.C.||7||4||1988,1989,1997, 2011||3||1987,1990,1994|
|Dempo Sports Club||6||1||2004||5||1996#,2001,2008, 2012, 2014–15|
|Sporting Clube de Goa||3||0||-||3||2005,2006,2013–14|
|Bengaluru FC||2||2||2014–15, 2016–17||0||-|
|JCT Mills F.C.||2||2||1995,1995-96#||0||-|
|Kerala Police||2||2||1990, 1991||0||-|
|BSF (Border Security Force)||2||1||1979||1||1988|
|ITI (Indian Telephone Industries)||1||1||1977||0||-|
- * : shared
- # :There were two federation cups in 1996
Overall top goalscorers
(Note. * Includes 7 goals scored in Eastern Zone Qualifiers at Sibsagar – 1990 Federation Cup)
- http://www.goal.com/en-india/match/bengaluru-vs-mohun-bagan/2452790/report. Missing or empty
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- "AIFF decides to bring back Federation Cup". 27 November 2015.
- Federation Cup. the-aiff.com (archived)
- "From the history book, roll of honour". 10 January 2015.