The 52nd Subroto Cup, an annual football tournament organised by the Indian Air Force kickstarted at Dr. Ambedkar Stadium on Friday. The tournament considered to be one of the most popular for children in the soccer world, was inaugurated by Air Marshal JN Burma, Air Officer-in-Charge Administration.
The inaugural match was played U-14 category between teams from NCC (West Bengal and Sikkim) and Sainik School, Imphal.
The tournament spread over 22 days from 04 November to 25 November, will see for the first time ever, Girls teams’ participation. The U-14 category matches are from 04 November to 16 November, U-17 category Girls from 07 November to 22 November and U-17 Boys from 11 November to 25 November. The matches will be played at Dr. Ambedkar Stadium, New Wellingdon Camp, Race Course and sports grounds of Vasant Valley School, Vasant Kunj and Modern School.
The final matches and closing ceremony is scheduled to be held at Dr. Ambedkar Stadium.
Organised under the aegis of Air Force Sports Control Board, Subroto Cup Tournament conducted by Subroto Mukherjee Sports Education Society, formed in 1960 is a unique tournament wherein only Champion School Teams from States and Union Territory of India participate selected from 20,000 schools competing at preliminary level to reach the final stages.