AIFF PRESS RELEASE 25.11.2017 : After cheering for home town hero Aniket Jadhav in the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, Kolhapur is now ready to lend their voices for another footballing cause. On a day the teams arrived to play in the Qualifiers of the Indian Women’s League, there was a sense of excitement in the air in this Maharashtrian town.

Right from the cab driver to the hotel owner all eyes were on the footballers, officials and AIFF personnel who are making the place their base for the next fortnight. “Sir aap idhar football ke liye ho? (Sir are you here for football?)”, was the first quip from Aditya Gaekwad, the man who drove us around. On confirming, the huge smile on his face followed by queries about the tournament set the tone for this football mad town.

A royal treatment was meted out during breakfast at the hotel with similar questions surrounding the IWL. The final word from the hotel manager was, “Baiko aur beti ko lekar jayega (Will take my wife and daughter along).”

An India-Netherlands women’s international friendly back in 2013 had seen a raucous jam packed crowd and indications are there that sizeable if not similar crowds can be expected during the league. A place where word spreads quickly like wildfire and the ongoing preparations at the Rajarshi Shahu Stadium had already sent the locals into discussions about the football coming to town.

The qualifying stages of the Indian Women’s League starts on November 25.

25.11.2017 AIF PRESS RELEASE : After the success of the inaugural season, the Indian Women’s League makes a comeback with the arrival of the teams ahead of the November 25 commencement of the qualifiers at the Rajarshi Shahu Stadium in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.

A total of 13 teams will be vying for two coveted spots to enter the 6-team Final Round of the Indian Women’s League. Teams from all across India have converged in the town known for its football craze, with the dream and aspiration of winning the IWL.

Defending champions Eastern Sporting Union from Manipur will look to keep their grasp on the title intact as they take on teams like – Sethu FC (Tamil Nadu), Chandney Sporting Club (West Bengal), Indira Gandhi Academy for Sports & Education (Pondicherry), United Warriors Sporting Club (Punjab), Capital Complex Sporting Club (Arunachal Pradesh), Baroda Football Academy (Gujarat), Rising Student Club (Odisha), KRYPSHA (Manipur), Hans Women’s Football Club (Delhi), J&K State Sports Council (Jammu & Kashmir), Rush Soccer (Maharashtra) and the SAI Women Football Team.

The teams have been divided into two groups with the qualifiers ending on December 8 after which the top side from each group will be the ones to make it to the Final Round.