Asia’s oldest football competition will consist of 20 teams in the forthcoming season. A total of 11 teams will be from Indian Super League, five from I-League and four from Indian Armed Forces. In the previous season, only 16 teams were included.
The 131st season of the tournament will be conducted between August 16 – September 18, 2022. The first game will be played between Mohammedan SC and FC Goa at the Salt Lake Stadium. For the first time in the competition’s history, Durand Cup will be played in three states.
Fans can book tickets for the league stage fixtures on www.bookmyshow.com.
Speaking on the association, Lt. Gen. K.K. Repswal, SM, VSM, Chief of Staff, Eastern Command and Chairman Durand Organising Committee, said, “Football is what it is because of the fans and it gives us great satisfaction and a sense of relief as well, that the Durand Cup will finally be played in front of packed stadia after a pandemic induced hiatus, last year. A holistic entertainment platform like BookMyShow is just what is needed in today’s day and age to ensure smooth ticketing operations for a tournament of this scale and we are happy that we will be able to provide spectators with a premium ticketing service such as this. We call all fans to purchase their tickets early to avoid disappointment and join us in making the 131st Durand edition a rip-roaring success.”
Anil Makhija, COO – Live Entertainment & Venues, BookMyShow, said, “The upcoming 131st Durand Cup 2022 edition, marks an iconic event in the world of football in India, with fans across the country eagerly waiting for this tournament especially with the pandemic now behind us. BookMyShow is delighted to be associated with the historic and prestigious Durand Cup as their exclusive ticketing partner in what will certainly be an exciting month for avid football fans across the country. Let the Games begin!”
The upcoming season will have a total of 47 matches across five venues. FC Goa won the competition last year and will commence their title defence at the iconic Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
The recently launched, Sports18 will be providing the official coverage of the competition. The live-action will be available on Sports18 1 SD & HD and Sports18 Khel (Sports Free-to-air channel). The competition can be live streamed on Voot.