SAFF football championship: India start vs Bangladesh - watch live

The Indian football team will face Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka in a round robin format. The top two will play the final on October 16. Watch live!

By Naveen Peter
Picture by All India Football Federation

The Indian football team will open its SAFF Championship 2021 campaign with a match against Bangladesh on October 4 at the National Stadium in Male, Maldives.

The Sunil Chhetri-led side will take on Sri Lanka next on October 7 before lining up against Nepal on October 10. The Indian football team will wrap up its league stage engagements with a match against hosts Maldives on October 13. All matches will be played in Male.

The competition will be played in a round-robin format, where each team faces the other team once. The two top sides after the round-robin stage will compete in the final on October 16 for the SAFF Cup trophy. Watch SAFF Championship live in India!

The SAFF Championship is a biennial international football tournament featuring teams from the Indian subcontinent. India is the most successful team, having won the title seven times since its inception in 1993.

The previous edition of the SAFF Championship was held in 2018 when the Maldives beat India 2-1 to lift the trophy for the second time in their history.

The Indian men’s football team is planning to use the SAFF Championship as a preparation for the upcoming 2023 AFC Asian Cup third round qualifiers which get underway in February, 2022. India's squad for the SAFF Championship is available here.

Where to watch SAFF Championship live in India?

The SAFF Championship will be telecast live on the Eurosport TV channel in India.

Live streaming of SAFF Championship will be available on the discovery+ website and app.

SAFF Championship 2021 schedule for the Indian football team and live match start times

All times are in India Standard Time (IST)

October 4, Monday

Bangladesh vs India - 4:30 PM IST

October 7, Thursday

India vs Sri Lanka - 4:30 PM IST

October 10, Sunday

Nepal vs India - 9:30 PM IST

October 13, Wednesday

India vs Maldives - 9:30 PM IST

October 16, Saturday

SAFF Championship final - 8:30 PM IST