AIFF invites nominations for I-League 2nd division teams

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NEW DELHI: The All India Football Federation floats the nomination process for the forthcoming Second Division League 2017-18 and all the state associations are informed to nominate the teams, as per the last-concluded top division league, along with the necessary documents.

Meanwhile, Neroca FC are the reigning champions from the Second Division League 2016-17 who will appear in the Hero I-League 2017-18.

Interested clubs need to contact their respective state FAs to nominate themselves for the Second Division League 2017-18. In turn, the state FAs need to nominate the respective teams on or before October 4.

"We have seen the Second Division League growing thick and fast over the years and mostly, the competitive level has gone up considerably. We have seen quite a few players as well coming up from the Second Division League to hog the limelight in the bigger stage eventually. AIFF opens the nomination process for the Second Division League 2017-18 now and we're really looking forward to more teams showing their urge to contest in the National stage this season", Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League stated.

"We're really looking forward to a pulsating and highly competitive Second Division League 2017-18," Dhar added further.

The 2nd division teams will reportedly not feature in the Super Cup.

The league, to be held from March to May, will have two rounds, both of which will be held at a neutral venue. Teams will be split into two groups in the preliminary rounds, and will play each other once. The final round will comprise a double round-robin format. The top team will get promoted to the I-League, reports aver.