Calcutta: The IFA Shield was reduced to a seven-team affair with JCT pulling out at the last moment. The IFA authorities informed that the JCT club management was not happy with the terms and conditions.
Therefore, group B will consist of three teams — Mohammedan Sporting, Vasco SC and Port Trust, while group A includes East Bengal, Tollygunge Agragami, Indian Bank and Churchill Brothers.
Meanwhile, the IFA is yet to decide on the venue of the opening fixture between Indian Bank and Tollygunge Agragami.
While ESPN, the official broadcaster of the meet, wants the match to be held at the Salt Lake Stadium, the IFA authorities are keen to have the match held at the Howrah Stadium for better crowd response.
Jan 9: Indian Bank vs Tollygunge Agragami (Salt Lake/ Howrah Stadium). Jan 11: Churchill Brothers vs Indian Bank (Howrah Stadium); Vasco/ Mohammedan Sporting vs CPT (Salt Lake). Jan 13: East Bengal vs Indian Bank (Salt Lake); Tollygunge Agragami vs Churchill Brothers (Howrah Stadium). Jan 14: Mohammedan Sporting vs Vasco (Salt Lake/ Barasat Stadium). Jan. 15: East Bengal vs Churchill Brothers (Salt Lake). Jan 17: East Bengal vs Tollygunge Agragami (Salt Lake); Vasco/ Mohammedan Sporting vs CPT (Howrah/ Barasat).
Jan. 18: First Semi-final.
Jan. 19: Second Semi-final.
Jan. 20: Final.