2017–18 I-League 2nd Division

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I-League 2nd Division
Season2017–18
ChampionsReal Kashmir
Matches played95
Goals scored274 (2.88 per match)
Top goalscorerRobert Ribeiro
(Ozone)
(10 goals)
Biggest home winOzone 7–0 Madhya Bharat
Biggest away winKerala Blasters (R) 1–5 Kerala
Highest scoringOzone 7–0 Madhya Bharat

The 2017–18 I-League 2nd Division (known as Hero 2017–18 I-League 2nd Division, for sponsorship reasons) was the 11th season of the I-League 2nd Division, the second division Indian football league, since its establishment in 2008. The season started with the preliminary rounds from 14 March to 15 May 2018. The final round of the league took place between 21 May to 30 May 2018 at FSV Arena, Bengaluru.[1]

This season featured 18 teams, divided into three groups of six teams each. The season also featured the reserve sides of seven Indian Super League clubs, none of which were eligible to qualify for the final round.[1] Real Kashmir won the title on 30 May 2018 and earned the promotion to 2018–19 I-League.[2] They also made history becoming first team from state of Jammu & Kashmir to enter the first division of I-League[3]

Format[edit]

Just like the previous season, the I-League 2nd Division will feature a preliminary round and a final round.[4] During the preliminary round, the 18 teams will be divided into three groups of six teams each. All the matches during the preliminary round will be played in a double round-robin basis, in which every team plays all others in their group once at home and once away.[1] The winners of the three groups, along with the best second placed team, will qualify for the final round. The seven Indian Super League reserve sides in the league will not be eligible to qualify for the final round.[4]

During the final round, the four teams will face each other in a single-leg league system at a neutral venue, where each team faces each other once. At the end of the round, the team in first will earn promotion to the next division of Indian football.[4]

Teams[edit]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Team City/State Stadium Capacity
Bengaluru (R) Bengaluru, Karnataka Bangalore Football Stadium[5] 8,400
Chennaiyin (R) Chennai, Tamil Nadu SSN College Ground[5] TBA
Delhi Dynamos (R) Delhi Ambedkar Stadium 35,000
Delhi United Delhi Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground TBA
Fateh Hyderabad Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh Anantapur Sports Village Football Ground[6] TBA
Goa (R) Margao, Goa GMC Stadium 3,200
Hindustan Delhi Ambedkar Stadium 35,000
Jamshedpur (R) Jamshedpur, Jharkhand JRD Tata Sports Complex[5] 24,500
Kerala Thrissur, Kerala Thrissur Municipal Corporation Stadium 15,000
Kerala Blasters (R) Kochi, Kerala Maharaja's College Stadium 15,000
Langsning Shillong, Meghalaya Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium[5] 30,000
Lonestar Kashmir Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir TRC Turf Ground 15,000
Madhya Bharat Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh JLU Ground TBA
Mohammedan Kolkata, West Bengal Barasat Stadium[7] 22,000
Ozone Bengaluru, Karnataka Bangalore Football Stadium 8,400
Pune City (R) Pune, Maharashtra Pirangute Football Ground TBA
Real Kashmir Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir TRC Turf Ground 15,000
TRAU Manipur Khuman Lampak Main Stadium[5] 35,000

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Bengaluru (R) India Naushad Moosa[8] Puma JSW
Chennaiyin (R) India Syed Sabir Pasha[9] Performax Apollo Tyres
Delhi Dynamos (R) Spain Francisco Perez Lazaro[10] T10 Sports Kent RO Systems
Delhi United Portugal Hugo Martins[11] None Peregrine Aviation
Goa (R) India Clifford Miranda[12] None None
Fateh Hyderabad India Ellimishetty Shyam[13] None Premier
Hindustan India Vikrant Sharma[14] Cosco Hero Motocorp
Jamshedpur (R) India Hilal Parray[15] Nivia Tata
Kerala India T G Purushothaman[16] TGP Yogakshemam Loans
Kerala Blasters (R) India Renjith Ajithkumar[13] Admiral Muthoot
Langsning India Hering Shangpliang[17] None Lotto
Lonestar Kashmir Brazil Clebson Duarte da Silva[18] TBA TBA
Madhya Bharat Spain Jose Carlos Rodriguez Hevia[19] None None
Mohammedan India Biswajit Bhattacharya[20] Kaizen [21] TBA
Ozone England Dave Booth[22] None Ozone Group
Pune City (R) Spain Roger Lamesa Grau Adidas Suzuki Gixxer
Real Kashmir Scotland David Robertson[23] TBA TBA
TRAU India L Nandakumar Singh[24] Nike[25] HVS

Foreign players[edit]

Each club, excluding the Indian Super League reserve sides, can register three foreign players in their squad. One of the foreign players has to be from an AFC Member Nation.[1]

Club Player 1 Player 2 AFC player
Delhi United Ivory Coast Ladji Saika Sylla Ivory Coast Kouame Konan Zacharie
Fateh Hyderabad Ghana Edmund Owusu Peprah[13] Ghana Godwin Quashiga[13] Uzbekistan Nuriev Vladislav[13]
Hindustan Angola Amestrong Alexandre[26] Nigeria Martins Rami[26]
Kerala Guinea Abdoul Karim Sylla Nigeria Bala Alhassan Dahir[27]
Langsning Ivory Coast Lancine Toure[17] Brazil Jacson Glei Da Silva Clemente[17] Japan Kento Sakurai[17]
Lonestar Kashmir France Alexandre Tabillon[28]
Madhya Bharat Mali Ibrahim Sylla
Mohammedan Ethiopia Fikru Teferra [29] Nigeria Echezona Anyichie[30] Syria Wael Ayan[31]
Ozone Brazil Robert de Souza Ribeiro [32] Nigeria Chika Wali[33] South Korea Son Yong-chan
Real Kashmir Nigeria Loveday Enyinnaya Ivory Coast Yao Kouassi Bernard
TRAU Nigeria Olariche Princewill Emeka [34] France Christoppe Jonnette[35]

Preliminary round[edit]

Tiebreakers
The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied in the order given to determine the rankings:
  1. Greater number of points obtained in the matches between the Teams concerned
  2. Goal difference resulting from the matches between the Teams concerned
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the matches between the Teams concerned
  4. Goal difference in all the matches
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all the matches
  6. Drawing of lots

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification RKFC HIN FCP DU DD LK
1 Real Kashmir 10 6 4 0 15 8 +7 22 Advance to Final round 3–3 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–1
2 Hindustan 10 5 5 0 13 7 +6 20 0–0 0–0 4–2 2–1 1–0
3 Pune City (R)[a] 10 2 7 1 10 9 +1 13 0–1 0–0 3–3 1–0 3–2
4 Delhi United 10 1 6 3 10 11 −1 9 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 3–0
5 Delhi Dynamos (R)[a] 9 2 2 5 5 9 −4 8 2–3 0–1 0–0 0–0 a
6 Lonestar Kashmir 9 0 2 7 9 18 −9 2 1–2 1–2 3–3 1–1 0–1
Source: soccerway
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Reserves team are ineligible for advance to the next round

Fixtures and results[edit]

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification KB OFC FCK FH FCG MBSC
1 Kerala Blasters (R)[a] 10 7 0 3 25 17 +8 21 1–4 1–5 3–2 2–1 6–0
2 Ozone 10 5 4 1 19 3 +16 19 Advance to Final round 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 7–0
3 Kerala 10 6 1 3 19 12 +7 19 3–2 0–2 2–1 2–1 3–0
4 Fateh Hyderabad 10 5 2 3 23 16 +7 17 2–4 0–0 4–2 3–2 2–1
5 Goa (R)[a] 10 2 3 5 13 15 −2 9 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–4 5–1
6 Madhya Bharat 10 0 0 10 3 39 −36 0 0–3 0–4 0–2 1–5 0–2
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: soccerway
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Reserves team are ineligible for advance to the next round

Fixtures and results[edit]

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification TRAU BFC LFC JFC MSC CFC
1 TRAU 10 7 2 1 26 9 +17 23 Advance to Final round 1–2 3–1 5–0 4–1 4–0
2 Bengaluru (R)[a] 10 5 2 3 19 13 +6 17 2–2 0–3 2–0 2–1 6–1
3 Langsning 10 4 3 3 16 9 +7 15 0–1 1–1 5–0 1–1 2–1
4 Jamshedpur (R)[a] 10 3 2 5 11 22 −11 11 1–1 2–1 1–3 1–1 3–2
5 Mohammedan 10 3 3 4 12 13 −1 12 1–3 1–0 0–0 2–1 4–0
6 Chennaiyin (R)[a] 10 2 0 8 8 26 −18 6 1–2 1–3 1–0 0–2 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: soccerway
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Reserves team are ineligible for advance to the next round

Fixtures and results[edit]

Final round[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Real Kashmir (C) 3 2 1 0 8 6 +2 7 Promotion to 2018–19 I-League
2 Hindustan 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
3 Ozone 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
4 TRAU 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
Source: I-league
(C) Champion.

Fixtures and results[edit]

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Brazil Robert D‘Souza Ribiero Ozone 10
2 India C. S. Sabeeth Ozone 9
3 India Aakif Javaid Lonestar Kashmir 7
India Shaiborlang Kharpan Kerala Blasters (R)
India Sahal Abdul Samad Kerala Blasters (R)
India Kitboklang Pale Langsning
Nigeria Princewill Emeka TRAU
8 India Shreyas VG Kerala 6
India Gourav Mukhi Jamshedpur (R)
India Hitova Ayemi Fateh Hyderabad
India Kushant Chauhan Hindustan

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1 India Mithun Samanto Hindustan 7
India Abhishek Das Ozone
3 India Anuj Kumar Pune City (R) 6
4 India Sukhwinder Singh Real Kashmir 5
5 India Royal Basumatary Delhi United 4
6 India Ahamad Afsar Kerala 3
India Shayon Roy Delhi Dynamos (R)
India Surjay Kumar Pariyar Langsning
India Tajuddin TRAU
India Avjit Kar Kerala Blasters (R)
India Mohammed Nawaz Goa (R)

Highest Attendances[edit]

Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Stadium
1 Jamshedpur (R) 1–3 Langsning 8,256 4 April 2018 (2018-04-04) JRD Tata Sports Complex
2 Jamshedpur (R) 3–2 Chennaiyin (R) 6,315 23 March 2018 (2018-03-23) JRD Tata Sports Complex
3 Real Kashmir 0–0 Pune City (R) 5,992 21 March 2018 (2018-03-21) TRC Turf Ground
4 Jamshedpur (R) 1–1 Mohammedan 5,342 21 April 2018 (2018-04-21) JRD Tata Sports Complex
5 Jamshedpur (R) 1–1 TRAU 4,200 20 March 2018 (2018-03-20) JRD Tata Sports Complex
6 Kerala 3–2 Kerala Blasters (R) 4,000 12 April 2018 (2018-04-12) Corporation Stadium
7 TRAU 1–2 Bengaluru (R) 3,500 21 April 2018 (2018-04-21) Khuman Lampak Main Stadium
8 TRAU 4–1 Mohammedan 3,100 5 April 2018 (2018-04-05) Khuman Lampak Main Stadium
9 Lonestar Kashmir 0–1 Delhi Dynamos (R) 3,000 20 March 2018 (2018-03-20) TRC Turf Ground
10 TRAU 3–1 Langsning 3,000 13 May 2018 (2018-05-13) Khuman Lampak Main Stadium

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