I-League 2nd Division

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I-League 2nd Division
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Organising body All India Football Federation
Founded2008;13 years ago (2008)
1997 (as NFL Second Division)
CountryIndia
Number of teams18
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to I-League
Domestic cup(s) Durand Cup
Current champions Mohammedan S.C.
(2019-20)
TV partners Kolkata TV (Only matches held in Kolkata )
1Sports (Final Round)
Website I-League 2nd Division
Current: 2019–20 2nd Division League

The I-League 2nd Division is an Indian professional football league. It is currently the 2nd tier of the Indian football league system, behind the Indian Super League and I-League. It operates as a system of promotion and relegation with I-League.

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The I-League 2nd Division was introduced for the 2008 season, having been previously known as the National Football League 2nd Division. The State FA's nominates the teams who have finished in the top 8 of their respective State Leagues, which are later approved by the All India Football Federation to participate in the consequent 2nd division league.

History

I-League 2nd Division Champions
SeasonChampions
2008 Mumbai FC
2009 Salgaocar
2010 ONGC
2011 Shillong Lajong
2012 United Sikkim
2013 Rangdajied United
2014 Royal Wahingdoh
2015 Aizawl
2015–16 Dempo
2016–17 NEROCA
2017–18 Real Kashmir
2018–19 TRAU
2019-20 Mohammedan

The I-League 2nd Division was introduced during the 2008 season. The first game was played on 25 March 2008 between Mohammedan and Amity.

The 2008 season saw Mohammedan, Mumbai, Vasco, and Chirag United get promoted to the I-League. The next season in 2009 saw Pune, Shillong Lajong, Viva Kerala, and Salgaocar promoted to the I-League.

Since 2010, only 2 teams were promoted to I-League. ONGC and HAL in that year, in 2011 Shillong Lajong and Sporting Clube de Goa, with Lajong being promoted for the 2nd time, while in 2012 ONGC and United Sikkim were promoted for 2012–13 season. The 2013 season saw Rangdajied United FC and Mohammedan qualifying for I-League.

In 2014, only one team got promoted from the 2nd division and similarly only one team got relegated from 2013–14 season.

In 2016, only one team was promoted from the 2nd division (Aizawl F.C.) and similarly only one team was relegated from I-League (Dempo).

Sponsorship

From 2008 to 2011 the league was sponsored by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and was named the ONGC I-League 2nd Division. ONGC was also the title sponsor of the I-League. In October 2011 ONGC was dropped as a sponsor.

PeriodSponsorTournament
2008—11 Flag of India.svg ONGC ONGC I-League 2nd Division
2011—17No SponsorI-League 2nd Division
2017—Present Flag of India.svg Hero Motocorp Hero I-League 2nd Division

Media Coverage

PeriodTV TelecastOnline Streaming
2017–presentKolkata TvMyCujooTV, Facebook

Structure of the league

2008–15

Previously, the league was formatted as a neutral venue competition with teams split into groups in which all the groups play in one stadium each. The final round is contested in a double round-robin format, after which the top two teams get promoted to the I-League.

2015–17

The I-League core committee approved the plans for the 2015–16 I-League 2nd division matches to be played on a home and away basis. The preliminary rounds will be played as the conference system with the teams being divided into Eastern and Western conferences. Top 3 teams from each conference will qualify for the final round of the 2015–2016 season of 2nd division I-League. [1]

To widen the football map of the country and to bolster the football structure, l-League Core Committee decide to launch the 2nd division qualifier for 2016–17 season. Participants from all the state associations would be invited to take part in 2nd division league 2016–17 qualifiers. The state associations need to nominate two teams with best results, apart from the teams who would compete in Hero I-League and 2nd division league in 2015–16 season, from the state league 2015–16, to compete in the 2nd division qualifiers. The teams will fight it out amongst themselves in the zonal round followed by the final round. Eventually top two teams from the final round will get a nod to the 2nd division league 2016–17, provided that they fulfill the club licensing requirements in the due time. [2]

2017–18

The format was further altered from 2017–18 season, the league was divided in two stages: the Preliminary and the Final. The tournament will also feature reserve teams of Indian Super League clubs. In the preliminary stage, 18 teams were divided into three groups where all matches would be played on a home and away basis. 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 was passed on onto the next non-ISL team. The final round will be played at a central venue, the winners of which would be promoted to the next tier of Indian Football. [3]

2018–19

Sixteen teams are allowed to participate in this season by the league committee. [4]

Clubs

The following clubs participated in the 2019–20 I-League 2nd Division:

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.

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I-League 2nd Division (India)
TeamCity/StateStadiumCapacity
ARA F.C. Ahmedabad, Gujarat TransStadia 20,000
ATK Mohun Bagan (R) Kolkata, West Bengal Sailen Manna Stadium 15,000
Bengaluru (R) Bengaluru, Karnataka Bangalore Football Stadium 8,400
Chennaiyin (R) Chennai, Tamil Nadu SSN College GroundTBA
Chhinga Veng Aizawl, Mizoram Rajiv Gandhi Stadium 20,000
Fateh Hyderabad Hyderabad, Telangana Gachibowli Stadium 30,000
Goa (R) Margao, Goa GMC Stadium 3,200
Hindustan Delhi Ambedkar Stadium 35,000
Jamshedpur (R) Jamshedpur, Jharkhand JRD Tata Sports Complex 24,500
Kerala Blasters (R) Kochi, Kerala Maharaja's College Stadium 15,000
Lonestar Kashmir Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir TRC Turf Ground 15,000
Ozone Bengaluru, Karnataka Bangalore Football Stadium 8,400
Rainbow Barrackpore, West Bengal Vidyasagar Krirangan 22,000
South United Bengaluru, Karnataka Bangalore Football Stadium 8,400

Previous seasons

Relegated teams (from I-League to I-League 2nd Division)

SeasonClubs
2007–08 Viva Kerala, Salgaocar
2008–09 Mohammedan, Vasco
2009–10 Sporting Clube de Goa, Shillong Lajong
2010–11 JCT, ONGC
2011–12 Chirag United Kerala, HAL
2012–13 Air India, United Sikkim
2013–14 Mohammedan
2014–15 Dempo
2015–16 None [lower-alpha 1]
2016–17 Mumbai
2017–18 None [lower-alpha 2]
2018–19 Shillong Lajong
  1. Aizawl FC were relegated, but reinstated to I-League due to withdrawal of 3 Goan clubs. [5]
  2. Churchill Brothers S.C. were relegated, but reinstated to I-League after the appeal. [6]

Prize money

As updated on 28 February 2018[ citation needed ]

Purse
Champions 50 Lakhs
Runners-up 25 Lakhs
Matchday Subsidy 50 Thousand
Match winner 25 Thousand
Hero of the Match 12.5 Thousand

Winning Coaches

Head coachClubWinsWinning years
Flag of India.svg L.Nandakumar Singh Royal Wahingdoh,TRAU22014, 2018–19
Flag of England.svg Dave Booth Mumbai12008
Flag of India.svg Peter Vales Salgaocar12009
Flag of India.svg Caetano Pinho ONGC2010
Flag of Scotland.svg Pradyum Reddy Shillong Lajong2011
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Philippe De Ridder United Sikkim2012-13
Flag of India.svg Karsing KurbahRangdajied United2013-14
Flag of India.svg Hmingthana ZadengAizawl2014-15
Flag of India.svg Mauricio Afonso Dempo2015-16
Flag of India.svg Gift Raikhan NEROCA2016-17
Flag of Scotland.svg David Robertson Real Kashmir2017-18

Current Head Coach

The current head coaches in the I-League are:

Current head coaches
Nat.NameClubAppointedTime in charge
Flag of India.svg Sankarlal Chakraborty Bhawanipore 10 July 20191 year, 227 days

Top scorers

SeasonTop scorerClubGoals
2008 Flag of Nigeria.svg Fredrick Okwagbe HAL 6
2009 Flag of Nigeria.svg Badmus Babatunde Viva Kerala 6
2010 Flag of Nigeria.svg Badmus Babatunde ONGC 4
Flag of India.svg Joy Ferrao Vasco
2011 Flag of Nigeria.svg Stanley Okoroigwe Techno Aryan 6
2012 Flag of Nigeria.svg Daniel Bedemi United Sikkim 11
2013 Flag of Nigeria.svg Badmus Babatunde Rangdajied United 8
Flag of Brazil.svg Hudson Lima Da Silva Bhawanipore
2014 Flag of Nigeria.svg Daniel Bedemi Bhawanipore 8
2015 Flag of India.svg Ajay Singh Mohammedan 11
2015–16 Flag of Nigeria.svg Felix Chidi Odili Dempo 7
Flag of India.svg Atinder Mani Lonestar Kashmir
2016–17 Flag of Nigeria.svg Odafa Okolie Southern Samity 9
Flag of Nigeria.svg Felix Chidi Odili NEROCA
2017–18 Flag of Brazil.svg Robert de Souza Ribiero Ozone 10
2018–19 Flag of Ghana.svg Phillip Adjah Mohammedan 10
Flag of Nigeria.svg Princewill Emeka TRAU

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