Seven ISL teams to participate in the AIFF Second Division League

Seven teams from the Indian Super League (ISL), with the exception of ATK, NorthEast United FC and Mumbai City FC, will participate in the I-League Second Division, which begins on March 16.

The AIFF Second Division League 2017-18 scheduled to be played from March 16 to May 18.   -  Twitter

Seven teams from the Indian Super League (ISL), with the exception of ATK, NorthEast United FC and Mumbai City FC, will participate in the I-League Second Division, which begins on March 16.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Tuesday announced the groupings for the league, which will see the participation of 18 teams. The ISL outfits would be fielding their second team in the league, which would be played in a round-robin format. The teams would be divided in three groups.

“The winners of each group plus the best second-placed team would qualify for the final round. However, if reserve teams of ISL clubs finish as winners or runners-up in any group, the position will be passed on to the next non-ISL team. Four teams will play at the central venue on a ‘single-leg’ league system which will run from May 21, 2018 to May 27, 2018 at the end which the winners would be promoted to the next tier of Indian Football,” the AIFF stated in a media release.

“Each club can register maximum of three foreign players for the 2nd division league out of which one player has to be a national of an AFC Member Association,” added the release.

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The Groups for preliminary round

Group A: Real Kashmir, Lonestar Kashmir, Delhi Dynamos FC (reserves), Hindustan FC, Delhi United, FC Pune City (reserves).

Group B: Madhya Bharat SC, FC Goa (reserves), Kerala Blasters (reserves), Ozone FA, Fateh Hyderabad AFC, FC Kerala.

Group C: TRAU FC, Langsning FC, Mohammedan Sporting, JSW Bengaluru FC (reserves), Jamshedpur FC (reserves), Chennaiyin FC (reserves).