I-League 2nd Division

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I-League 2nd Division
I-League 2nd Division Logo 2015.png
Country  India
Founded 2008; 9 years ago (2008)
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to I-League
Domestic cup(s) Federation Cup
Current champions NEROCA FC
Website Current Website
2016–17 I-League 2nd Division

The I-League 2nd Division is the second-highest division overall in the Indian football league system after the I-League.

The I-League 2nd Division was introduced for the 2008 season, having been previously known as the National Football League 2nd Division.


I-League 2nd Division Champions
Season Champions
2008 Chirag United
2009 Salgaocar
2010 ONGC
2011 Shillong Lajong
2012 United Sikkim
2013 Rangdajied United
2014 Royal Wahingdoh
2015 Aizawl
2015–16 Dempo
2016–17 NEROCA

The I-League 2nd Division was introduced during the 2008 season. The first game was played on 25 March 2008 between Mohammedan and Amity United. From 2008 to 2011 the league was sponsored by 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.

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 promoted in 2010. In 2011 Shillong Lajong and Sporting Clube de Goa were promoted with Lajong being promoted for the 2nd time. In 2012, ONGC and United Sikkim were promoted for 2012–13 season. The 2013 season saw Rangdajied United F.C and Mohammedan qualifying for I-League 2013–14.

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

The official logo for the second tier football club competition of India – the 2nd Division League – has been officially introduced by the All India Football Federation on 17 March 2015.[1] That year only one team got promoted from the 2nd division (Aizawl F.C.) and similarly only one team got relegated from I-League(Dempo).

Structure of the league[edit]


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. But from 2015 there was a change in format. There was no preliminary round and no division of team based on team. The 8 eight teams played against each other twice at neutral venues.


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 in 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.[2]

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 2 (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.[3]


The following clubs are participating in the 2nd Division League 2016–17

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Delhi United New Delhi, Delhi Ambedkar Stadium 20,000
Fateh Hyderabad Hyderabad, Telangana Gachibowli Athletic Stadium 30,000
Hindustan New Delhi, Delhi Thyagaraj Sports Complex 5,000
Kenkre Mumbai, Maharastra Cooperage Ground 5,000
Lonestar Kashmir Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir Polo Stadium 10,000
Mohammedan Kolkata, West Bengal Mohammedan Sporting Ground 15,000
NEROCA Imphal, Manipur Khuman Lampak Main Stadium 30,000
Ozone Bangalore, Karnataka Bangalore Football Stadium 8,400
Pride Sports Madhya Pradesh Dr. Rajendra Prasad Football Stadium 10,000
Real Kashmir Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir Bakshi Stadium 30,000
Southern Samity Kolkata, West Bengal Barasat Stadium 22,000
Sudeva Moonlight New Delhi, Delhi Ambedkar Stadium 20,000

The clubs which participated in the 2nd Division League 2015–16 and not part of 2nd Division League 2016–17 season.

Team Stadium Capacity State
Dempo Duler Stadium 8,000 Goa
PIFA Cooperage 5,000 Maharashtra
Guwahati F.C. Nehru Stadium 15,000 Assam
Gangtok Himalayan S.C. Paljor Stadium 25,000 Sikkim
Minerva Academy F.C. Guru Nanak Stadium 25,000 Punjab

Previous seasons[edit]

League champions and runners-up[edit]

Season League champions points Runner-up points
2008 Chirag United 13 Mumbai 12
2009 Salgaocar 10 Viva Kerala 9
2010 ONGC 19 HAL 16
2011 Shillong Lajong 16 Sporting Clube de Goa 14
2012 United Sikkim 22 ONGC 22
2013 Rangdajied United 19 Mohammedan 18
2014 Royal Wahingdoh 18 Bhawanipore 17
2015 Aizawl 34 Lonestar Kashmir 27
2015–16 Dempo 23 Minerva Academy 18
2016–17 NEROCA 26 Southern Samity 17

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

Season Clubs
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[a]
2016–17 Mumbai
  1. ^ Aizawl FC were relegated, but reinstated to I-League due to withdrawal of 3 Goan clubs.[4]

Top scorers[edit]

Season Top scorer Club Goals
2008 Nigeria Fredrick Okwagbe HAL 6
2009 Nigeria Babatunde Viva Kerala 6
2010 Nigeria Badmus Babatunde ONGC 4
India Joy Ferrao Vasco
2011 Nigeria Stanley Okoroigwe Techno Aryan 6
2012 Nigeria Daniel Bedemi United Sikkim 11
2013 Nigeria Badmus Babatunde Rangdajied United 8
Brazil Hudson Lima Silva Bhawanipore
2014 Nigeria Daniel Bedemi Bhawanipore 8
2015 India Ajay Singh Mohammedan 11
2015–16 Nigeria Felix Chidi Odili Dempo 7
India Atinder Mani Lonestar Kashmir
2016–17 Nigeria Odafa Okolie Southern Samity 9
Nigeria Felix Chidi Odili NEROCA

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