Decisions taken after i-League Core Committee Meet

Decisions taken after i-League Core Committee Meet
Decisions taken after i-League Core Committee Meet at AIFF Headquarters, Dwarka, New Delhi
The i-League core committee met at the AIFF Headquarters in New Delhi on Monday, 24th August 2015. Chaired by Ankur Dutta, the Vice-Chairman of i-League Committee, the meeting was attended by AIFF General Secretary, Mr. Kushal Das, I-League CEO, Sunando Dhar, AIFF’s Technical Director Scott O’ Donell, AIFF Vice-Presidents Subrata Dutta and Shrinivas Dempo, Mandar Tamhane (Bengaluru FC), Debashish Dutta (Mohun Bagan), Nicholas Jyrwa (Royal Wahigdoh FC) and Adlear D’Cruz (Salgaocar FC).

The following decisions were taken by the i-League Core Committee:

2nd Division League criteria: Tentatively 11 Clubs - LoneStar Kashmir FC, Guwahati FC, Mohammaden Sporting Club, DSK Shivajians FC, PIFA Sports, Kenkre Sports, Dempo SC, NEROCA FC, Fateh Hyderabad FC, Gangtok Himalayan SC and Minerva FAC - will participate in the 2nd Division League 2015-16, subject to fulfillment of the Club Licensing criteria.

2nd Division League 2015-16 to be played on a home and away basis. The Preliminary Round will be played in a Conference system with the Teams being divided into Eastern and Western Conferences. Top three Teams from each Conference will qualify for the Final Round of the 2nd Division League 2015-16.

Qualifying round for the 2nd Division League 2016-17: Top two Teams of each state, excluding Hero I-League 2015-16 and 2nd Division League 2015-16 participants, will get to participate in the Qualifiers, which will act as a feeder system to the 2nd Division League 2016-17.

Youth League's expansion: This season’s U-15 and U-18 League will see an increased participation of more than 25 Teams each. The respective Leagues will kick-off in 4 zones across India from the first week of October 2015. Guwahati and Shillong zone, Maharashtra zone, Goa zone, Kolkata and Jharkhand zone, will constitute the 4 zones where the Zonal home and away matches will kick-off. The rest of India zones will be played at a central venue in the month of November and December 2015. The committee also put an onus on the participating Teams of the U-15 and U-18 Leagues to curb the menace of age fraud in India. The Teams would be adhering to the recommendation of the Medical Committee of All India Football Federation (AIFF) while registering the Players. 
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