A dozen teams will clash in the main phase of the competition, which will be played from October 28 to November 9 at different venues in the coastal state.

The organizers said Goa has been chosen as the host to widen the tournament's reach and appeal.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Lt Gen PR Shankar, General Officer Commanding, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa Area, said, “For the first time in its history, the Cup, one of the oldest soccer tournaments in the world, will be played outside Delhi.”
"The reason is that the tournament is not getting the recognition it deserves. Goa is one of the popular states for football and so we decided to shift the tournament to Goa this year," he added.
Lt Gen Shankar further said, “We want to take it to other places where football is popular. Next it may be held in Kerala, looking at the response we get in Goa. Our aim is to promote football at the grassroots level.”

The tournament is being promoted as a sports-cum-military extravaganza and carnival.

The tournament will be conducted in two phases. In the qualifier phase, which will be knock-out stage, 12 to 16 teams would be grouped into two pools.
The top two teams from the qualifier phase would play in the main tournament along with nine I-League outfits and one squad representing the Army.

To give local teams an opportunity to take part in the tournament, some 1st division teams from Goa would be invited to participate in the qualifier round.

The winner will get a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh and Rajendra Prasad Trophy, while the runner-up will get Rs 10 lakh. The losing semi-finalists will get Rs 5 lakh each.


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