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The Senior Women’s National Football Championship 2023-24 started on November 12. 

Organised by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the Senior Women’s National Football Championship is the women's football tournament which is contested by state associations and government institutions in India.

As many as 30 teams are competing in the Senior Women’s National Football Championship 2023-24 across six different venues. These participating teams have been divided into six groups.

Group A features Manipur alongside Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and hosts Uttar Pradesh. All Group A matches will be played at the Mahamaya Sports Stadium in Ghaziabad from November 24 to December 3.

Meanwhile, Group B comprises Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. 

DL Roy Memorial District Stadium in Krishnanagar, West Bengal, hosted all the Group B matches from November 15 to 19.

Bangalore Football Stadium in Bengaluru will host Group C matches from November 23 to December 2. Assam, Chandigarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Sikkim and Tripura are clubbed in Group C.

Group D includes Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Ladakh, Punjab and Uttarakhand. All Group D matches are being played at GNDU Sports Complex in Amritsar from November 15 to 24.

The likes of Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa, Meghalaya and Odisha were placed in Group E. Matches in this group were hosted at the Sundargarh Stadium in Sundargarh  and the Biju Patnaik Mini Stadium from November 12 to 21. 

Meanwhile, Group F includes Andaman and Nicobar, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Railways. All Group F matches are being played at the SAI Ground and NIT Ground in Anu, Hamirpur from November 21 to 29.

The six group winners and three best runners-up will qualify for the Senior Women's National Football Championship 2023-24 final round to be held in West Bengal in April 2024. 

Defending champions Tamil Nadu, last season’s finalist Haryana and final round hosts West Bengal have directly qualified for the final round.

The final round will be staged in a similar format as last season with two groups of six teams each, from where the top two teams from both groups will qualify for the semi-finals.

Tamil Nadu pipped Haryana 2-1 in the 2022-23 final to clinch the Senior Women’s National Football Championship last season. It was their second triumph in the tournament after also winning it in 2018.

Manipur are the most successful team in the tournament’s history with 21 titles. 

Senior Women’s National Football Championship 2023-24 groups and teams

Group A: Chhattisgarh, Manipur, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh

Group B: Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana

Group C: Assam, Chandigarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Sikkim, Tripura

Group D: Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Ladakh, Punjab, Uttarakhand

Group E: Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa, Meghalaya, Odisha

Group F: Andaman and Nicobar, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Railways

Senior Women’s National Football Championship 2023-24 schedule and fixtures

Senior Women’s National Football Championship 2023-24 Group A fixtures

Day and Date

Match

Friday, November 24

Rajasthan vs Manipur

Friday, November 24

Chhattisgarh vs Uttar Pradesh

Sunday, November 26

Manipur vs Mizoram

Sunday, November 26

Rajasthan vs Uttar Pradesh

Tuesday, November 28

Mizoram vs Rajasthan

Tuesday, November 28

Manipur vs Chhattisgarh

Friday, December 1

Chhattisgarh vs Mizoram

Friday, December 1

Uttar Pradesh vs Manipur

Sunday, December 3

Mizoram vs Uttar Pradesh

Sunday, December 3

Rajasthan vs Chhattisgarh

Senior Women’s National Football Championship 2023-24 Group B fixtures

Day and Date

Match

Wednesday, November 15

Telangana vs Delhi

Wednesday, November 15

Madhya Pradesh vs Andhra Pradesh

Friday, November 17

Delhi vs Madhya Pradesh

Friday, November 17

Andhra Pradesh vs Telangana 

Sunday, November 19

Telangana vs Madhya Pradesh

Sunday, November 19

Andhra Pradesh vs Delhi

Senior Women’s National Football Championship 2023-24 Group C fixtures

Day and Date

Match

Thursday, November 23

Sikkim vs Chandigarh

Thursday, November 23

Karnataka vs Tripura

Thursday, November 23

Assam vs Kerala

Saturday, November 25

Chandigarh vs Kerala

Saturday, November 25

Assam vs Karnataka

Saturday, November 25

Sikkim vs Tripura

Monday, November 27

Kerala vs Sikkim

Monday, November 27

Tripura vs Assam

Monday, November 27

Chandigarh vs Karnataka

Thursday, November 30

Karnataka vs Kerala

Thursday, November 30

Tripura vs Chandigarh

Thursday, November 30

Assam vs Sikkim

Saturday, December 2

Kerala vs Tripura

Saturday, December 2

Sikkim vs Karnataka

Saturday, December 2

Chandigarh vs Assam

Senior Women’s National Football Championship 2023-24 Group D fixtures

Day and Date

Match

Wednesday, November 15

Ladakh vs Jharkhand

Wednesday, November 15

Uttarakhand vs Jammu & Kashmir

Friday, November 17

Ladakh vs Jammu & Kashmir

Friday, November 17

Jharkhand vs Punjab

Sunday, November 19

Jharkhand vs Uttarakhand

Sunday, November 19

Punjab vs Ladakh

Wednesday, November 22

Jammu & Kashmir vs Jharkhand

Wednesday, November 22

Uttarakhand vs Punjab

Friday, November 24

Ladakh vs Uttarakhand

Friday, November 24

Punjab vs Jammu & Kashmir

Senior Women’s National Football Championship 2023-24 Group E fixtures

Day and Date

Match

Sunday, November 12

Meghalaya vs Odisha

Sunday, November 12

Goa vs Arunachal Pradesh

Tuesday, November 14

Odisha vs Arunachal Pradesh

Tuesday, November 14

Meghalaya vs Gujarat

Thursday, November 16

Arunachal Pradesh vs Meghalaya

Thursday, November 16

Gujarat vs Goa

Sunday, November 19

Gujarat vs Odisha

Sunday, November 19

Goa vs Meghalaya

Tuesday, November 21

Arunachal Pradesh vs Gujarat

Tuesday, November 21

Odisha vs Goa

Senior Women’s National Football Championship 2023-24 Group F fixtures

Day and Date

Match

Tuesday, November 21

Andaman & Nicobar vs Maharashtra

Tuesday, November 21

Himachal Pradesh vs Bihar

Thursday, November 23

Bihar vs Railways

Thursday, November 23

Himachal Pradesh vs Andaman & Nicobar

Saturday, November 25

Railways vs Himachal Pradesh

Saturday, November 25

Maharashtra vs Bihar

Monday, November 27

Maharashtra vs Himachal Pradesh

Monday, November 27

Andaman & Nicobar vs Railways

Wednesday, November 29

Bihar vs Andaman & Nicobar

Wednesday, November 29

Railways vs Maharashtra

Photo credit: Alamy

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