IFA Shield: Tentative start date announced as tournament back to former glory!
Last Updated 11:37 AM 4th January 2020 .
The prestigious IFA Shield is all set to make a comeback to it’s former glory as a major tournament in the AIFF calendar as a tentative start date has been announced.
The 127 year old tournament is the second oldest football tournament in Asia and was one of the prestigious events in the football calendar till 2015, when it was made into a U19 tournament due to unavailability of space in the AIFF calendar.
Last year the U19 IFA Shield was won by the East Bengal FC U19 team defeating arch-rivals Mohun Bagan on penalties!
The IFA has announced that the IFA Shield tournament will be back to a senior tournament in 2020, with 8 teams participating, including the 3 kolkata giants!
There are also rumours about the invitation of two foreign teams and the rest slots being filled up by top teams from India.
The tentative start date for the tournament has been said to be on 16th April, 2020 after the current I-League season ends.