Kolkata: The fixtures for the 129th edition of the Durand Cup have been officially released. The tournament is set to be contested by 6 Indian Super League (ISL) teams alongside 6 I-league and 4 Army teams.
The tournament will be held from August 2 to August 24. The tournament will be hosted by three cities of West Bengal- Kolkata, Silliguri and Kalyani. This will be for the first time that the tournament will be played outside New Delhi, its traditional venue.
A minimum of 22 and maximum of 27 players can be registered for the tournament. The tournament, which is the oldest in Asia and the third oldest in the world was last won by NEROCA when they defeated Army Green in the final.
The groupings of the teams are as follows:
Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan will play the opener in Kolkata's Salt Lake Stadium and the final will also be played at the same venue. The fixtures of the tournament are as follows:
August 2 Mohun Bagan v Md. Sporting VYBK 3 PM IST
August 3 East Bengal v Army RedEB Ground 3 PM IST
August 5 Md. Sporting v Navy Kalyani 3 PM IST
August 6 East Bengal v Jamshedpur VYBK 3 PM IST
August 6 Bengaluru FC v Army Red EB Ground 3 PM IST
August 7 Real Kashmir v Chennai City Kalyani 3 PM IST
August 8 Navy v ATK MB Ground 3 PM IST
August 8 FC Goa v Army Green Kalyani3 PM IST
August 8. Gokulam Kerala v Chennaiyin FC Silliguri 3 PM IST
August 9 TRAU v Air Force Siliguri3 PM IST
August 11 Army Green v Real Kashmir Kalyani3 PM IST
August 12 Md Sporting v ATK EB Ground 3 PM IST
August 12 Jamshedpur v Bengaluru FC MB Ground 3 PM IST
August 12 Air Force v Gokulam KeralaSiliguri3 PM IST
August 13 Chennai City v FC Goa Kalyani3 PM IST
August 13 Chennaiyin FC vTRAU Siliguri3 PM IST
August 14 Mohun Bagan v Navy MB Ground 3 PM IST
August 16 East Bengal v Bengaluru FC VYBK 6 PM IST
August 16 FC Goa v Real KashmirKalyani3 PM IST
August 16 TRAU v Gokulam Kerala Siliguri3 PM IST
August 17 Mohun Bagan vATK MB Ground 3 PM IST
August 17 Chennai City v Army Green Kalyani3 PM IST
August 17 Chennaiyin FC v Air Force Siliguri3 PM IST
August 20 Semi-Final 1 VYBK 3 PM IST
August 20 Semi-Final 2 VYBK 6 PM IST
August 24 Final VYBK 6 PM IST
The group games will be in a round-robin format and the top team from each group will progress to the semi-finals. Group A winner will play Group D winner and Group B winner will take on Group C winner in the semi-finals.