Football in Chennai came to light on an organized basis in the shape of a tournament started at Madras first by the Madras Gymkhana Club in the year 1895. Mostly regimental units like Queens Own Regiment, Lancashire Fusiliers Pachaiyappa’s football club and many more local teams participated in the tournament. Thus the game got into the minds of Local folk, who developed on scientific lines with skill and imagination with bare foot and mesmerized the tough military men. The first Indian team to break the ice and lift the Madras Gymkhana Trophy was the Pachaiyappa’s Football Club.
Madras Football Association was formed on 18th October 1933 at a meeting held at the Old Engineering College Ground, Chepauk. Madras Football Association League championship was started in 1934. Pachaiyappas Football Club won the inaugural 1934-35 League Championship. A number of open knock-out tournaments sponsored by member clubs in Madras and the Districts gradually came into existence to give a further fillip to the game throughout the undivided State of Madras, including the present Andhra, Telengana and Kerala States.
In the year 1978 with the formation of Madras City Clubs in to separate Association named as Madras Football Association and a central controlling body for all the District, christening it as “Tamilnadu Football Association” was formed. Nomenclature of Madras Football Association was changed as “Chennai Football Association” in the year 1996. Chennai Football Association has 96 Members Clubs on its roll, which earlier had 120 Member Clubs. Chennai Football Association conducts about 450 league matches for its Member Clubs, dividing them in to Senior, I to IV Division, apart from conducting league/matches for the Schools and Colleges.