All India Football Federation (AIFF) has proposed a new invitational multi-continental Champions Cup in the month of August, 2017. The newly introduced competition will comprise four countries competing against each other, starting this year.
The four participants included in the Champions Cup are likely to be from an Asian, African and a North American country in addition to hosts India. This shall ensure the senior team trains and plays more often throughout the year, with special attention to increase the number of games on home soil for the Blue Tigers.
“We (AIFF) are quite excited on the prospect of introducing the new Champions Cup from 2017. AIFF and its partner FSDL have worked together over the last couple of months in studying the past and current year’s National Team engagements and how other countries are performing in Asia,” said Kushal Das, General Secretary of AIFF.
”The introduction of the Champions Cup is a result of conscious efforts at our end to ensure the National Team receives enough training camps, international friendlies as well as competitive games. We are in talks with various Football Associations from AFC, CAF and CONCACAF. We envision to consistently climb through the FIFA ranking charts by playing matches against good opponents,” he concluded.