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Santosh Trophy set to kickoff in Kolkata from March 19

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The tournament is expected to last around a fotnight with the final set to take place on 1st April.

Defending champions West Bengal will take on Manipur on the opening day as the 72nd edition of the National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy kicks-off in Kolkata on March 19, 2018.

Ten teams who qualified from the preliminary stages have been divided into two groups of five teams each with the top two from each group advancing to the semi-finals which are to be played on March 30, 2018. The final is slated for April 1, 2018.

All India Football Federation General Secretary Kushal Das wished luck to all the participating teams.

“We are delighted to have the Santosh Trophy being hosted in Kolkata. I wish success to the 10 finalists and look forward to a successful hosting of the prestigious event by the Indian Football Association,” he said.

The groupings are as follows:

Group A: West Bengal, Chandigarh, Manipur, Kerala, Maharashtra.

Group B: Goa, Mizoram, Odisha, Punjab, Karnataka.

The fixtures of the tournament are as follows:

GROUP A

19/03/2018 – Chandigarh vs Kerala


19/03/2018 – Manipur vs Bengal


21/03/2018 – Maharashtra vs Bengal


21/03/2018 – Chandigarh vs Manipur


23/03/2018 – Kerala vs Manipur


23/03/2018 – Maharashtra vs Chandigarh


25/03/2018 – Bengal vs Chandigarh


25/03/2018 – Kerala vs Maharashtra


27/03/2018 – Manipur vs Maharashtra


27/03/2018 – Bengal vs Kerala

 

GROUP B

20/03/2018 – Odisha vs Punjab


20/03/2018 – Mizoram vs Goa


22/03/2018 – Karnataka vs Goa


22/03/2018 – Odisha vs Mizoram


24/03/2018 – Punjab vs Mizoram


24/03/2018 – Karnataka vs Odisha


26/03/2018 – Goa vs Odisha


26/03/2018 – Punjab vs Karnataka


28/03/2018 – Mizoram vs Karnataka


28/03/2018 – Goa vs Punjab

SEMI-FINALS


30/03/2018 – Winner Group A vs Runners-Up Group B


30/03/2018 – Winner Group B vs Runners-Up Group A

FINAL


01/04/2018 – Winner Semi-Final 1 vs Winner Semi-Final 2

Published: Wed Feb 21, 2018 05:56 PM IST

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