The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has taken another step to vindicate the idea of broad basing the game throughout the nation. Along with copious worthwhile strides, the Second Division League has been expanded and integrated to darn the entire country. Eleven teams, situated at different corners of India, are going to lock their horns to cement their berth in I-League, the premier football competition of India.
The Second Division League 2015-16 will see another major change in the format as it’s going to be played home & away basis, unlike last season. Eleven teams are divided in two conferences according to their geographical location; three teams from each conference would qualify to the final stage which would decide the eventual winner of the Second Division League 2015-16.
Gangtok Himalayan SC (Sikkim), Mohammedan SC (West Bengal), Guwahati FC (Assam), Neroca FC (Manipur) and Fateh Hyderabad (Telangana) will scuffle off in the Eastern conference while Lonestar Kashmir FC (Jammu & Kashmir), Minerva AFC (Chandigarh), PIFA, Kenkre FC, DSK Shivajians (Maharashtra) and Dempo SC (Goa) would ply their trade from Western conference. Gangtok Himalayan SC, Guwahati FC, Neroca FC, Fateh Hyderabad and Minerva AFC are going to debut in this season and rubbing their shoulders along with Mohammedan SC and other veteran football clubs.
A workshop on ‘Match Organisation’ and other minute details is slated on October 7, where the Second Division League fixture will be finalised. The league, where matches are going to be played over the weekends, is expected to start on November 14, 2015.
Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League, is looking forward to the date and he is expecting nothing less than a suave Second Division League, “Spreading out the Second Division League is one of the major steps taken by AIFF to hone the national football. Second Division League with five debutants, ten venues are no less than a great message to Indian football lovers. Fellow football lovers, strewn all over the country, would surely soak in the thrill of the league and pour in their passion to cheer their team heart out.”
(Report courtesy I-League Media)