The 2020 edition of the IFA Shield will be played from December 6 to 20 with the group stage draw carried out in Kolkata earlier today.
The IFA Shield will return to be a senior level tournament this season, but it will miss the participation of the Kolkata Big Two as ATK Mohun Bagan and SC East Bengal will be playing the Indian Super League in Goa at the same time with no reserve available to represent them.
The 2020 IFA Shield will be contested by 12 teams, who are split into four groups of three teams each with the top two making it to the knockout quarterfinals.
Participating will be four I-League teams in Mohammedan Sporting Club, Gokulam Kerala FC, Sudeva Delhi FC, and Indian Arrows; besides eight Calcutta Football League sides Peerless SC, Aryan Club, Southern Samity, George Telegraph SC, United Sports Club, Behala SS Sports Club, Khidderpore Sporting Club, and Kalighat Milan Sangha.
The matches will be held across four stadiums – Kalyani Municipal Stadium, Howrah Maidan, Rabindra Sarobar Stadium and Saltlake Stadium; and sadly for fans they would be closed door, following strict COVID-19 regulations, but there will be no bio bubble for the participating teams though the IFA will follow the SOPs.
2020 IFA SHIELD – Groups & Fixtures
Khidderpore Sporting Club, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Kalighat Milan Sangha
06-Dec-20: Khidderpore Sporting Club – Mohammedan Sporting Club
09-Dec-20: Khidderpore Sporting Club – Kalighat Milan Sangha
12-Dec-20: Mohammedan Sporting Club – Kalighat Milan Sangha
Sudeva Delhi FC, Peerless SC, Aryan Club
06-Dec-20: Sudeva Delhi FC – Peerless SC
09-Dec-20: Sudeva Delhi FC – Aryan Club
12-Dec-20: Peerless SC – Aryan Club
Indian Arrows, Southern Samity, George Telegraph SC
06-Dec-20: Indian Arrows – Southern Samity
09-Dec-20: Indian Arrows – George Telegraph SC
12-Dec-20: Southern Samity – George Telegraph SC
United Sports Club, Gokulam Kerala FC, Behala SS Sports Club
06-Dec-20: United Sports Club – Gokulam Kerala FC
09-Dec-20: United Sports Club – Behala SS Sports Club
12-Dec-20: Gokulam Kerala FC – Behala SS Sports Club