Super Cup (India)

The Super Cup, currently known as the Hero Super Cup for sponsorship reasons, is a knockout football tournament in India run by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). It was established as the successor to the Federation Cup. The tournament features all the 20 teams that play in the Indian Super League and I-League, the two top divisions for professional football in India.

Super Cup
Organising bodyAll India Football Federation
Region India
Number of teams20
Current championsGoa (1st title)
Most successful club(s)Bengaluru
Goa
(1 title)
Television broadcastersStar Sports
Websitewww.supercup.in
2019 Super Cup

The second edition of the competition was held in April 2019. FC Goa emerged as the winners of the tournament after defeating Chennaiyin FC in the final 2–1.

Format

The Super Cup is a knockout football tournament. The top six teams from both the top tier leagues for professional football in India, the Indian Super League and I-League, qualify directly for the main round of the competition.[1] The bottom five I-League clubs, top seven I-League 2nd Division clubs, bottom four Indian Super League clubs participate in qualification round to complete the 16 teams which participate in the pre-quarter finals.[1]

History

On 19 February 2018, the All India Football Federation announced the creation of the Super Cup as a replacement for the Federation Cup, India's main knockout football tournament.[1] The qualifiers for the inaugural tournament began on 15 March and concluded on 16 March 2018. The tournament proper then commenced on 31 March and concluded with the final on 20 April 2018.[1] Bengaluru emerged as the winners of the inaugural edition of the tournament. They defeated East Bengal 4–1 in the final.[2]

Controversy

In the second edition, seven I-League clubs — Minerva Punjab, East Bengal , Mohun Bagan, NEROCA FC, Gokulam Kerala FC, Aizawl FC, and Chennai City FC — withdrew from the tournament, citing "unfair treatment to I-League clubs by the AIFF"[3] Later, rest but three teams from qualifiers, decided to join the tournament.

Finals

The winner of the tournament is decided by a final elimination match at a neutral venue which lasts 90 minutes plus any additional stoppage time.[4]

Results

Super Cup finals
Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue Attendance
2018 Bengaluru 4–1 East Bengal Kalinga Stadium 9,500
2019 Goa 2–1 Chennaiyin Kalinga Stadium 1,500

Performance by club

Performance by club
Club Wins Runners-up Last final won Last final lost Total final appearances
Bengaluru 1 0 2018 1
Goa 1 0 2019 1
East Bengal 0 1 2018 1
Chennaiyin 0 1 2019 1

List of finals head coaches

List of winning managers
Season Winning Head coach Club Runner-up Head coach Club
2018 Albert Roca Bengaluru Khalid Jamil East Bengal
2019 Sergio Lobera Goa John Gregory Chennaiyin

Sponsorship and media coverage

The title sponsor for the Super Cup are Hero MotoCorp.[5] With the sponsorship, the competitions official name is the Hero Super Cup.[5] Hero MotoCorp is also the title sponsor for the Indian Super League and I-League, the leagues which comprise the clubs that take part in the Super Cup.[6][7]

Period Sponsor Tournament
2018–present Hero Hero Super Cup

Media coverage

Indian-subcontinent

Star Sports is the official broadcaster for the Super Cup, with all matches being broadcast on the channel and online on Hotstar.[8] Star Sports and Hotstar are also the digital rights holders for both the I-League and Indian Super League.[9]

See also

References

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