All you need to know about Durand Cup 2022

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The 2022 Durand Cup will be the 131st edition of the Durand Cup, the oldest football tournament in Asia and the third oldest football competition in the world. This year for the first time the tournament will be played in more than one venue and multiple cities. The tournament is hosted by the Durand Football Tournament Society in cooperation with the Eastern Command of the Indian Armed Forces and the Government of West Bengal and supported by the Government of Assam and the Government of Manipur.

This is the first season of the tournament wherein every club in the top tier Indian Super League has been mandated to participate, along with 5 selected clubs from the second division I-League, and the four teams representing the armed forces. Here is all you need to know about the upcoming edition of the Durand Cup.

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History of the Durand Cup

Founded and named after Mortimer Durand, a foreign secretary to British India, it was initially conducted as a tournament for different departments and regiments of the Armed forces of British India. It was opened to civilians only later. After India’s independence, the Indian Armed Forces remained in charge of the competition. Mortimer Durand started the Durand Cup in Shimla in 1888. In 1940, the venue of the tournament was shifted to the capital New Delhi.

Durand Cup winners are presented with three trophies (President’s Cup, Shimla Cup, and the Durand Cup). Mohun Bagan and East Bengal SC are the joint most successful clubs in Durand Cup with both the Kolkata Giants having won 16 titles each. FC Goa is the defending champions, having defeated Mohammedan SC in the final of Durand Cup 2021.


Tournament Format

The tournament will be played by 20 teams. 11 Indian Super League teams, 5 I-League teams, and 4 teams from the Army and reserved forces will compete for the glory. In the group stages, the 20 participating teams will be divided into 4 groups, with each group consisting of 5 teams. The top two finishing teams from each group in the group stages will qualify for the quarterfinal stages.

The four teams that will win their respective quarterfinal matches will qualify for the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, two teams will prevail over the four remaining teams to make it to the 2022 Durand Cup final. The team that will win the final will become the champions of the 131st edition of the Durand Cup.


The Groups

Below are all the four groups and the teams that have been drawn into it for the group stages of the 2022 Durand Cup.

In Group A, ISL sides FC Goa, Bengaluru FC, and Jamshedpur FC have been grouped along with I-League side Mohammedan SC and the Indian Air Force. All the group stage matches in Group A will take place in Kolkata, West Bengal.

In Group B, ISL sides East Bengal, ATK Mohun Bagan, and Mumbai City FC have been grouped along with I-League side Rajasthan United FC and the Indian Navy. All the group stage matches in Group B will take place in Kolkata, West Bengal.

In Group C, ISL sides Chennaiyin FC, and Hyderabad FC has been grouped along with I-League sides Neroca FC and Trau FC. The group also involves the Army Red side. All the group stage matches in Group C will take place in Imphal, Manipur.

In Group D, ISL sides Kerala Blasters FC, NorthEast United FC, and Odisha FC have been grouped along with I-League side Sudeva Delhi FC and the Army Green team. All the group stage matches in Group D will take place in Guwahati, Assam.

Group A B C D
Team 1Bengaluru FCATK Mohun BaganChennaiyin FCOdisha FC
Team 2FC GoaEast BengalArmy RedKerala Blasters
Team 3Indian Air ForceMumbai City FCHyderabad FCNorthEast United
Team 4Jamshedpur FCRajasthan UnitedNEROCA FCArmy Green
Team 5MohammedanIndian NavyTRAU FCSudeva Delhi

The Venues

A total of 47 matches are to be played across 3 states: West Bengal, Assam, and Manipur, with 27 matches to be played in West Bengal, including the knock-out fixtures, and 10 matches each to be played in Assam and Manipur. The matches will take place in 4 venues. In West Bengal, Kolkata will be the host city and will include three venues. While in Assam the host city will be Guwahati and for Manipur, the host city will be Imphal. Below are some of the details about each stadium that will be hosting the matches.

1) Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan – Also known as VYBK or the Salt Lake Stadium. It is the biggest football stadium in both Kolkata and India and can seat as many as 85,000 spectators. It is one of the iconic stadiums of not just India but the Asian continent. It has hosted all types of matches in different Indian football leagues in the past from ISL, and I-League to the old days NFL and more. Presently it is the home stadium of ISL clubs ATK Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, and I-League side Mohammedan SC.

The Salt Lake Stadium has also hosted many international matches like the U17 FIFA World Cup, AFC Cup matches, FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, and more. In the past, legendary players like Diego Maradona, Pele, Lionel Messi, Arjen Robben, and a hundred other top foreign footballers and clubs have played in this legendary stadium. The Indian National team also plays its matches here.

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2) Kishore Bharati Krirangan – The second stadium from Kolkata is the Kishore Bharati Stadium or Mukundupur Stadium. The stadium was renovated in 2021 for hosting the I-League games. It has a seating capacity of around 12,000 spectators.

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3) Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium – It is located in Guwahati in the state of Assam. It is also known as Sarusajai Stadium and it has a total seating capacity of 25,000 people. It is also the home ground of ISL club NorthEast United FC. In the past, it has hosted FIFA U17 World Cup matches, ISL matches, I-League games, and even AFC club and national team competition matches.

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4) Khuman Lampak Main Stadium The stadium is in Imphal, Manipur. It was built in the year 1999 and is part of the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex. It has a seating capacity of approximately 35,285 people. It is the home ground of I-League side Neroca FC and TRAU FC. It has hosted many I-League matches in the past. It is mainly used for football matches and athletics events.

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The Group Stage Matches Fixtures

Below are the details of all the matches in the group stages of the 2022 Durand Cup. The group stage will begin on 16th August with the Kolkata Derby and it will end on 5th September. The quarterfinals and semi-finals matches will be played after the conclusion of the group stages. The final game of the competition will take place on 18th September at the Salt Lake Stadium.

DURAND CUP 2022 GROUP STAGE SCHEDULE

Date Match FixtureGroupTime (IST)Venue City
August 16Mohammedan SC vs FC GoaA7 PMVYBKKolkata
August 17Jamshedpur FC vs FC BengaluruA2:30 PMKBKKolkata
August 17NorthEast United vs Odisha FCD5:30 PMIGASGuwahati
August 18Mumbai City vs Indian NavyB3 PMVYBKKolkata
August 18NEROCA vs TRAUC6 PMKLSImphal
August 19FC Goa vs Indian Air ForceA3 PMKBKKolkata
August 19Sudeva Delhi vs Kerala BlastersD6 PMIGASGuwahati
August 20Chennaiyin FC vs Army RedC3 PMKLSImphal
August 20ATK Mohun Bagan vs Rajasthan UnitedB6 PMVYBKKolkata
August 21NorthEast United vs Army GreenD3 PMIGASGuwahati
August 21Mohammedan vs Jamshedpur FCA6 PMKBKKolkata
August 22TRAU vs Hyderabad FCC3 PMKLSImphal
August 22East Bengal vs India NavyB6 PMVYBKKolkata
August 23Odisha vs Kerala BlastersD3 PMIGASGuwahati
August 23Bengaluru FC vs Indian Air ForceA6 PMKBKKolkata
August 24Army Red vs NEROCAC3 PMKLSImphal
August 24ATK Mohun Bagan vs Mumbai CityB6 PMVYBKKolkata
August 25Army Green vs Sudeva DelhiD3 PMIGASGuwahati
August 25East Bengal vs Rajasthan UnitedB6 PMKBKKolkata
August 26Hyderabad FC vs Chennaiyin FCC3 PMKLSImphal
August 26Jamshedpur FC vs FC GoaA6 PMVYBKKolkata
August 27Mohammedan vs Indian Air ForceA3 PMKBKKolkata
August 27NorthEast United vs Kerala BlastersD6 PMIGASGuwahati
August 28TRAU vs Army RedC3 PMKLSImphal
August 28East Bengal vs ATK Mohun BaganB6 PMVYBKKolkata
August 29Mumbai City vs Rajasthan UnitedB3 PMKBKKolkata
August 29Odisha FC vs Sudeva DelhiD6 PMIGASGuwahati
August 30NEROCA vs Hyderabad FCC3 PMKLSImphal
August 30Bengaluru FC vs FC GoaA6 PMVYBKKolkata
August 31Kerala Blasters vs Army GreenD3 PMIGASGuwahati
August 31ATK Mohun Bagan vs Indian NavyB6 PMKBKKolkata
1st SeptTRAU vs Chennaiyin FCC3 PMKLSImphal
1st SeptJamshedpur FC vs Indian Air ForceA6 PMKBKKolkata
2nd SeptNorthEast United vs Sudeva DelhiD3 PMIGASGuwahati
2nd SeptMohammedan vs Bengaluru FCA6 PMVYBKKolkata
3rd SeptArmy Red vs Hyderabad FCC3 PMKLSImphal
3rd SeptEast Bengal vs Mumbai CityB6 PMKBKKolkata
4th SeptArmy Green vs Odisha FCD6 PMIGASGuwahati
5th SeptRajasthan United vs Indian NavyB3 PMKBKKolkata
5th SeptNEROCA vs Chennaiyin FCC6 PMKLSImphal

The Stadium Abbreviations for the above table are as follows:-

Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK) from Kolkata.

Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium (IGAS) from Guwahati.

Kishore Bharati Krirangan (KBK) from Kolkata.

Khuman Lampak Stadium (KLS) from Imphal

You can also look at this tweet below to see the matches by each group for a better understanding of the Durand Cup 2022 group stage fixtures.


Match Telecast and Live Streaming Details

All the matches throughout the Durand Cup 2022 tournament will likely be telecasted on the Sports 18 TV channels. Meanwhile, all the matches will be live streamed online on the OTT platform through the Voot app. Fans can also watch the matches online on Jio TV.

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For more details about telecast and streaming see this tweet below.


IFTWC’s opinion on the Durand Cup 2022

The Durand Cup 2022 will be a blessing for Indian Football as it will be an important factor in increasing the game time for the domestic players. Generally, Indian players play around 20 games in a season, but from next season the Indian football calendar will be extended from the current five months duration to a nine-month-long calendar.

With the addition of the Durand Cup and Super Cup and the ISL as well as the I-League the clubs will be guaranteed a minimum of 30 games per season. The clubs that will be able to reach the finals in Durand Cup, Super Cup, and the ISL will likely be playing 37 matches in a season. The figure is close to 40 matches and it is a commendable number for the maximum game time and development of the Indian players. Also, the clubs that will be taking part in Asian competitions like the (AFC Cup/AFC Champions League) can easily exceed the 40 games per season mark if they compete in the group stages.

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Also since the ISL and the I-League will begin right after the end of the Durand Cup hence the tournament will be a great opportunity for every ISL and I-League head coach to experiment with their roster and have a reality check on the team’s strengths and weaknesses right before the commencement of the 2022-23 ISL and I-League season.


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Liven Bose
A die-hard Mohun Bagan supporter and Indian Football fan from Kolkata who dreams of seeing glorious and successful days ahead.

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