NEW DELHI: All India Football Federation today notified all the state associations to send in the nominations of clubs for Second Division League 2015-16 by 20th July 2015. The interested clubs need to submit the following documents to respective state association who will eventually liaison with AIFF:
- Last completed top most division local league result of the club
- Certificate of Incorporation under Companies Act
Recent performance of the club in the premier local league would be the primary yardstick which will eventually make them eligible to play in the Second Division League 2015-16, which is tentatively slated to be held between November, 2015 and would run till May, 2016. The winner of the Second Division League 2015-16 will be promoted to Hero I-League 2016-17 subsequently. The Clubs have to adhere to the Licensing Criteria for 2nd Division League, which will be shared with the interested clubs by the end of July, 2015. Youth development program will be stressed mostly and the clubs, who are vying for the spot in Second Division League, must field a full-fledged team in the upcoming U19 I-League as well as U15 I-League.
Aizawl FC triumphed over local rival Chanmari FC, Kolkata giants Mohammedan SC, veteran Hindustan FC and four eminent teams to seal their place in the upcoming Hero I-league 2015-16. They have shown tremendous enthusiasm and tenacity to cement their place in the league where they would rub their shoulders with big brothers like McDowell Mohun Bagan, Bengaluru FC and others. Nevertheless, Royal Wahingdoh, the promoted team from Second Division, was the surprise package last season and received every bit of accolades from the football pundits across the nation. Now it’s about a few months more, while we would be introduced to another bunch of Jackichand and Seityasen, countdown begins now.
– I-league Media