Shillong, Mar 6: The second edition of the Indian Women’s League (IWL) will begin in Shillong from 25th March.
The All India Football Federation released the fixtures today.
Defending champions Eastern Sporting Union will take on Indira Gandhi Academy for Sports & Education on the opening day.
The tournament will have two stages – first a round-robin between all seven teams, with the top four progressing to the semifinals, which are to be played on 12th April. The final is slated for 15th April.
I-League 2017-18 debutants Gokulam Kerala FC are the only club from India’s top tier of men’s football to have fielded a women’s team in the IWL. They will also be in action on the opening day, taking on Rising Student Club of Odisha.
AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said that the development of women’s football is a top priority for the governing body.
“We at the AIFF understand the future and potential of women’s football in India. The second edition of the IWL will provide an opportunity to many a budding woman footballer to pursue her dreams of playing top-flight football in India,” Das was quoted as saying in an AIFF press release.
Participating teams: Eastern Sporting Union, Rising Student Club, KRYPHSA, India Rush Soccer Club, Sethu FC, Gokulam Kerala FC, Indira Gandhi Academy for Sports & Education