Football came to India in the late nineteenth century. According to various sportswriters, this game was introduced to India by British soldiers. However, some sports historians have a different take on football's history in India. They say that the soldiers brought rugby to India, and not football.
Notwithstanding this controversy, many people agree that the first football clubs came up in army cantonments. Old-timers still reminisce about Dalhousie Club, Traders Club, Naval Volunteers Club, and others. However, all these clubs comprised white players from Britain.
Mohun Bagan, Sovabazaar Club, and Aryan Club — all Indian football clubs — were established in the 1890s in Kolkata. It was around this time that the IFA Shield and the Durand Club were started in India.
Over the years, many state leagues have come up in India. This article takes a brief look at these football bodies. Please keep reading.