JECRC University, Jaipur (in yellow) vs Kolkata University (purple). Photographer: Adarsh Rao

JECRC University, Jaipur (in yellow) vs Kolkata University (purple). Photographer: Adarsh Rao

Patiala, 23rd December 2015: The 2nd American Tackle Football All India Inter University Championship kicked off in Patiala with 12 teams from all over the country. The tournament is being held over 4 days and has a knockout structure i.e. winning teams advance to the next round and losing teams get eliminated. This is the 2nd Edition of the tournament and has been organized by the Directorate of Sports, Punjabi University; under the aegis of Elite Football League of India University (EFLIU) andAssociation of Indian Universities (AIU).

List of Participating Teams

  1. Jain University, Bangalore
  2. Bangalore University
  3. Lovely Professional University
  4. Jaipur National University
  5. Kolkata University
  6. Poornima University
  7. MD University, Rohtak
  8. JECRC University, Jaipur
  9. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
  10. Chandigarh University
  11. Osmania University, Hyderabad
  12. Punjabi University, Patiala

Day 1 Highlights


Jain University Bangalore vs Chandigarh University (in orange) during the American Tackle Football Championship.

The first day saw four high intensity and action packed matches. Chandigarh University took Lovely Professional University’s defense to task by scoring a total of 4 touchdowns, in a high scoring match. The second match was closer, with Bangalore University narrowly edging out Jaipur National University. JECRC University comfortably beat Kolkata University in the 3rd match utilizing their stifling defense to score both of their touchdowns. In the most surprising match so far, Chandigarh University held last year’s runners up, Jain University scoreless winning by a big margin of 3 touchdowns. This was Chandigarh University’s 2nd win of the day and they look like strong contenders entering the quarter-finals.

Day 1 Results

  1. Chandigarh University (Guruvant 1 TD & 2 FG) Lovely Professional University (Jyoti 1 TD) 27-7
  2. Bangalore University (Frank 1 TD, Sandeep 1 TD, Akhil 1 TD) Jaipur National University (Rinu 1 TD & 1 FG)18-7
  3. JECRC University (Yash 1 TD & 1 FG) Kolkata University 13-0
  4. Chandigarh University (Sachin 1 TD, Guruvant 1 TD, Rakesh 1 TD) Jain University 19-0

About the Elite Football League of India University (EFLIU)

Now in its 2nd edition of Tackle Football, select universities are competing in an All India Inter University American Football Championship. Going by the name of the ‘Elite Bowl 2015’, the tournament is being organized by the Elite Football League of India and Association of Indian Universities, along with hosts, Punjabi University, Patiala.

The tournament is being played on grounds specially designed for American Football, complete with line-marking and goal posts. Unlike last year, this year only Tackle football will be played in full American Football protective gear.

About Association of Indian Universities (AIU)

The idea of bringing together all the universities on a common platform emerged from the deliberations of a Conference of the Vice Chancellors of Universities convened by Lord Reading, the then Viceroy of India at Shimla in 1924. The Inter-University Board (IUB) of India was subsequently formed on March 23, 1925, with the view of promoting university activities, especially by way of sharing information and co-operation in the field of education, culture, sports and allied areas. The Inter-University Board acquired a legal status with its registration in 1967 as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. In 1973, it assumed its present name: The Association of Indian Universities (AIU). The membership includes traditional universities, open universities, professional universities, Institutes of National Importance and deemed-to-be universities. In addition, there is a provision of granting of Associate Membership to universities of neighbouring countries.

Kabir Saxena
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