Defending champion Eastern Sporting Union will take on Indira Gandhi Academy for Sports & Education on the opening day as the second edition of the Hero Indian Women’s League — IWL kicks-off in Shillong on March 25.

The tournament will be played among seven teams which face each other once with the top four teams advancing to the semifinals to be played on April 12. The final will be played on April 15.

I-League 2017-18 debutant Gokulam Kerala FC, the sole club from I-League to have fielded a team in the IWL will also be in action on the first day when it takes on Rising Student Club of Odisha.

Promotion of Women’s Football stays on top of All India Football Federation’s priority list and the first edition of the IWL organized in Delhi in early 2017 was a massive hit with the fans, gaining a viewership of over 8.5 million on AIFF’s social media handles.

AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said that the development of women's football remains a top priority for AIFF. “We at AIFF understand the future and potential of Women’s Football in India. The second edition of the IWL will provide an opportunity to many a budding woman footballer to pursue her dreams of playing top-flight Football in India,” he said.

“The first edition was a huge success for which I need to thank all the various stakeholders as we aim to carry on the momentum. Good luck to all the participating teams and may the best team win,” he added.