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24.08.2015: AIFF MEDIA RELEASE : The I-League core committee met at the AIFF Headquarters in Dwarka, New Delhi on Monday (August 24, 2015). The Vice-Chairman of the I-League committee, Ankur Dutta chaired the core committee meeting in attendance of the AIFF General Secretary, Mr. Kushal Das, I-League CEO, Sunando Dhar and AIFF’s Technical Director Scott O’ Donell.

Also present in the meeting were, 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 I-League core committee approved the 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.

The committee also approved plans for the 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.

Furthermore, in an attempt to efficiently widen the Indian Footballing scenario, the committee approved a 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.

Keeping in tune with AIFF’s strategic plan to expand the youth Leagues, 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.

Atletico de Kolkata set to embark on a month long pre-season training at Spain

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24.08.2015 : The champions of the inaugural edition of Indian Super League, Atletico de Kolkata is yet again all set to embark on a month long pre-season training at Los Angeles de San Rafael ground in El Espinar, Segovia, Spain. The training module has been designed to get the footballers in right physical shape for the demanding second season of Indian Super League commencing on 3rd October. The Indian contingent of the team will be taking an Emirates flight on Tuesday morning at 9:40 am from Kolkata International Airport for training under the dynamic Head Coach, Antonio Lopez Habas and Trainer Miguel Martinez. Due to National team commitments for the Pre-World Cup qualifiers defender Arnab Mondal and right back Rino Anto will be joining the team later in Spain.

“We at Atlético de Kolkata are certain that this training is definitely going to make a difference in the end results for the second season of the ISL. With new additions this season, this training module will help in organizing our team and induce the right team spirit prior to the kick off. It is essential to be confident and get into the groove as a team while moving towards the business end.”


Head Coach:  Antonio Lopez Habas

Sports Director: Alberto Marrero

Marquee Player: Helder Postiga

Goalkeeper Coach: Predipkumar Bhaktawer

Assistant Coach: Bastab Roy

Fitness Expert: Miguel Martinez 

Indian Players Line up joining the pre-season camp: 

1. Jewel Raja

2. Sushil Kumar Singh

3. Syed Rahim Nabi

4. Nadong Bhutia

5. Clifford Miranda

6. Denzil Franco

7. Mohan Raj Nallapan

8. Baljit Singh

9. Arata Izumi

10. Amrinder Singh

11. Augustin Fernandes

12. Lalchhawnkima

13. Kunzang Bhutia


14.  Arnab Mandal

15.  Rino Anto