Football: Ten teams to take part in Hero I-League Qualifiers in Bengaluru
New Delhi, August 31, 2021
Ten teams will take part in the Hero I-League Qualifiers to take place at the Bangalore Football Stadium in Bengaluru in October.
The teams will represent as many states in the Qualifiers to be held within a centrally organized bio-bubble in Bengaluru.
This edition of the Hero I-League Qualifiers will see seven teams make their debut – Hyderya Sports (J&K), Corbett (Uttarakhand), Delhi (Delhi), Madan Maharaj (Madhya Pradesh), Rajasthan United (Rajasthan), Kerala United (Kerala) and Ryntih (Meghalaya).
ARA (Gujarat), Kenkre (Maharashtra), and Bengaluru United (Karnataka), who have played in the competition before, complete the line-up.
The clubs have all gone through the process of nomination by their respective state FAs, and have successfully submitted the required documents for the league and club licensing on time.
“It’s great to kick-off the Indian football domestic season once again with the Hero I-League Qualifiers. What makes the tournament all the more special this season is that we will have double the number of teams that played in the competition last year, and seven of the 10 teams are debutants,” said AIFF Leagues CEO Sunando Dhar.
“All the teams will be hosted in a central bio-bubble, and that goes a long way in affirming that we are all firmly committed to taking Indian football forward together. I wish the participating teams all the best,” he said.
The 10 participating teams will be split into two groups of five teams each. The Group Stage will be conducted in a round-robin format, with every team playing their rival clubs within their respective group once.
The top two teams from each group will proceed to the final found, which will be played in another round-robin format with each of the four teams playing against each other once.
The team that finishes at the top of the pile in the final found, will earn promotion to the Hero I-League 2021-22 season by virtue of winning the Hero I-League Qualifiers.