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Subroto Cup: List of Subroto Cup Winner

The Subroto Cup, one of India’s premier inter-school football tournaments, holds a prestigious position in the nation’s sports calendar. Founded in 1960, this tournament has become synonymous with youth football development in India, providing a platform for budding footballers to show their talent and potentially kickstart their careers.

Named after Air Marshal Subroto Mukerjee, the first Indian Chief of Air Staff, the tournament embodies his vision of promoting sports among the youth. Here’s all you need to know about the tournament.

History of Subroto Cup Tournament 

The inception of the Subroto Cup can be traced back to the late 1950s when Air Marshal Subroto Mukerjee and the Indian Air Force (IAF) envisioned a nationwide school football competition. Their goal was to foster a sporting culture among young Indians and to identify and nurture football talent at the grassroots level.

The Subroto Mukerjee Sports Education Society was established in 1960 following the untimely death of Subroto Mukerjee in Tokyo. The inaugural tournament took place the same year, with around 50 school teams participating.

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Over time, the number of participating schools grew. Since 1998, the tournament has been organized into two age categories: sub-Junior (under 14 years) and Junior (under 17 years). Notably, Madhyamgram High School from West Bengal has claimed the U-17 title seven times, including a consecutive streak of victories in 1981, 1982, and 1983.

Initially, only schools from India took part in the tournament. Today, schools from across Asia participate in the tournament. The Special Sports School from Uzbekistan was the first international team to reach the final in 1993. Since then, schools from countries like Brazil, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Indonesia, Ukraine, Bangladesh, and Bhutan have regularly taken part in the tournament.

Format and structure of Subroto Cup

The Subroto Cup, organized by the Indian Air Force with support from the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, has been held by the Air Force Sports Control Board since 1994. Initially managed by the Durand football tournament committee, it features preliminary inter-school tournaments across Indian states, starting at sub-division levels and culminating in state-level finals. State champions are then invited to compete in Delhi.

The league is played in two age groups, sub-Junior (under 14 years) and Junior (under 17 years) since 1998 for both girls and boys.

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The tournament operates on a league-cum-knockout basis under FIFA and AIFF rules. League matches consist of two 30-minute halves with a 10-minute interval, while knockout matches include extra time and, if needed, penalty shootouts to determine the winner.

List of Subroto Cup Winners

These are the teams that have won the Junior (U–17) Subroto Cup over the last two decades

2003Oxford High School, MizoramGovernment HSS, Car Nicobar, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
2004BSL IV E High School, Bokaro, JharkhandGovernment Senior Secondary School, Dimapur, Nagaland
2005Nobel Academy, Kathmandu, NepalGovernment Model High School, Chandigarh
2006Nobel Academy, Kathmandu, NepalHigher Secondary School, Agartala, Tripura
2007National Cadet Corps, Aizawl, MizoramSagarbhanga High School, Durgapur, West Bengal
2008Boys Sports Company, Bangalore, KarnatakaGovt. HS School, Mizoram
2009SAI Eastern Centre, Kolkata, West BengalGovernment Central School, Mizoram
2010Government Mamit High School, MizoramArmy Boys, Danapur, Bihar
2011National Cadet Corps, West Bengal and SikkimMynkhen Christian Higher Secondary School, Meghalaya
2012Dynamo Kyiv, UkraineMSP Higher Secondary School, Malappuram, Kerala
2013OM Roy Memorial, Shillong, MeghalayaMagurmari High School, Kokrajhar, Assam
2014Colegio Estadul Santo Antonio, BrazilMSP Higher Secondary School, Malappuram, Kerala
2015AIFF AcademyLittle Angels Paradise Secondary School, Manipur
2016Atlético Paranaense, BrazilArmy Boys, Bangalore, Karnataka
2017St. Columbus Collegiate School, JharkhandArmy Boys Company
2018Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan, Dhaka, BangladeshAmini School, Afghanistan
2019Hopewell Elias Higher Secondary School, Shillong, MeghalayaBangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2022Pilgrim Higher Secondary School, Dimapur, NagalandGovernment Model Higher Secondary School, Chandigarh
2023Government Model Higher Secondary School, ChandigarhAmenity Public School, Rudrapur, Uttarakhand

Junior (U–14) Subroto Cup Over the Last Two Decades

1998Bokaro Ispat Vidyalaya, Bokaro Steel City, JharkhandElectric Veng, Middle School, Aizawl, Mizoram
1999ANFA Academy, Lalitpur, NepalShri Kamlakar Chaubey Adarsh Seva Vidhyalay Intermediate College, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
2000Bokaro Ispat Vidyalaya, Bokaro Steel City, JharkhandGalaxy Public School, Kathmandu, Nepal
2001St John Bosco Boys Ups School, Sohra, MeghalayaSt Ignatius’ High School, Gumla, Jharkhand
2002Holy Heart School, Aizawl, MizoramNamchi Sports Hostel, Namchi, Sikkim
2003Holy Heart School, Aizawl, MizoramBangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2004Gyanodaya Bal Batika School, Lalitpur, NepalAir Force Bal Bharati School, New Delhi, Delhi
2005Army Public School Shillong, Shillong, MeghalayaNobel Academy of Higher Secondary School, Kathmandu, Nepal
2006Allied Co-Education School, Kathmandu, NepalGovernment Model School, Chandigarh
2007SAI Netaji Subhas Regional Centre, Lucknow, Uttar PradeshGreenwood School, Dimapur, Nagaland
2008Greenwood School, Dimapur, NagalandBangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2009Sukantanagar Vidyaniketan, Kolkata, West BengalCharity School, Kohima, Nagaland
2010Government Model High School, ChandigarhHmar Veng High School, Kolasib, Mizoram
2011Butwal Elite English School, Butwal, NepalCharity School, Kohima, Nagaland
2012Greenwood School, Dimapur, NagalandKalyangarh Bidyamandir, Kolkata, West Bengal
2013Government Chawngfianga Middle School, MizoramBetkuchi High School, Guwahati, Assam
2014Greenwood School, Dimapur, NagalandGovernment Model High School, Chandigarh
2015Government Chawngfiang Middle School, MizoramLycée Esteqlal, Kabul, Afghanistan
2016Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan, Dhaka, BangladeshGovernment Model High School, Chandigarh
2017Astaqlal Kabul, AfghanistanGovernment Model High School, Sector 36, Chandigarh
2018Unique Model Academy, ManipurNCC Directorate, Odisha
2019Saidan Secondary School, MizoramUnique Model Academy, Manipur
2022Heirok Higher Secondary School, ManipurBerwa High School, Jharkhand
2023Minerva Public School, Kochi, KeralaChawngfianga Middle School, Saidan, Kolasib, Mizoram

Know about Nagaland Subroto Cup

After 42 years, Nagaland claimed the Subroto Cup Boys Under-17 title in 2022. Pilgrim Higher Secondary School secured the victory by defeating Government Model Higher Secondary School with a score of 1-0.

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The trophy was awarded to the winners by Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari, who served as the chief guest at the event. Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Ravi Dahiya was also in attendance.

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FAQs about Subroto Cup

Q) Subroto cup is associated with?

A) The Subroto Cup is associated with the game of football. It is played by school teams from across Asia. 

Q) Subroto Cup is associated with which game?

A) The Subroto Cup is associated with the game of football. It is the oldest and most prestigious football tournament in India at the junior level.

Q) Who is Subroto Cup named after?

A) The tournament is named after Subroto Mukerjee, who conceived the idea of the tournament in 1958 when he was the Chief of the Air Staff.



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