The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship 2015 will be played between December 23 and January 3 in India, according to a statement issued by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
The tournament will kick off on December 23 when hosts and six-time winners India will take on arch rivals Pakistan.
Defending champions Afghanistan will begin their title challenge on December 24 when they face Bangladesh in a Group B match.
A total of eight teams have been divided into two groups. The top two sides from each group will progress to the semi-finals.
In Group A, hosts India have Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal for company. In Group B, Afghanistan have been clubbed with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Maldives.
India has won the championship five times while Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives have won once each. Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan have been unlucky.
Defending champions Afghanistan will begin their title challenge on December 24 when they face Bangladesh in a Group B match
“Football is a universal language and a powerful tool to espouse the cause of peace and national unity and we have seen that in the Afghan Premier League also,” he adds.
The historic victory in 2013 brought tremendous joy to the football enthusiasts in Afghanistan and turned footballers into celebrities.