2023 SAFF Championship
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has announced that the 2023 edition of the SAFF Championship, South Asia’s most prestigious international football tournament, will be held in Bengaluru from June 21 to July 3. This marks India’s fourth time hosting the tournament, and the first time since the 2015 edition held in Thiruvananthapuram.
Participating Teams and Tournament Format
The tournament will feature all member associations of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF), with the 13th edition of the competition being divided into two groups. Teams will play round-robin league matches in the group stage, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the semi-finals. The date for the draw will be announced later.
India’s SAFF Championship Record
India has won the tournament eight times out of the 12 previous editions, making them the most successful team in SAFF Championship history. The Indian national football team will be looking to defend their title, having emerged victorious in the 2021 edition after defeating Nepal in the final.
Bengaluru’s Rich Football History
Karnataka, the state where Bengaluru is located, has produced some of the greatest players in Indian football history, and they are also the latest winners of the National Football Championships. The timing of the SAFF Championship being hosted in Bengaluru is, therefore, apt.
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