The Western India Football Association was came into existence on 12th July, 1911. This does not mean that there was no football in Bombay-Organised and competitive-before that. In fact the second oldest Tournament in the country- the Rovers – was inaugurated in this city as far back as 1891.
Some British soccer enthusiasts got together in 1890, formed the Rovers Club, and brought into being this Tournament. The Trophy, however, took shape in the following year. Half dozen teams-mostly Military-took part in the competition, and the 1st Battn, Worcester Regiment had the proud distinction of winning the Cup in the first year of its inception. It is noted that one Mr. C. W. Lauder, Sailor’s Home, Bombay was the Joint Honorary Secretary of the Rovers Cup Committee.
The Western India Football Association is the governing body for football in all districts in Maharashtra. The current President of WIFA is Mr. Praful Patel with the dynamic and inpiring Mr. Henry Menezes the current CEO.
1) Renovation of Cooperage Ground and laying of artificial-turf by FIFA.
2)Structure a professional organisational structure for its districts.
4) Organizing the MAHA League (the start of Maharashtra State League) with clubs from Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Kolhapur etc.
5) Reviving historic-Rovers Cup after almost ten years.