Shillong, Mar 13: Only seven clubs will take part in the 2021 season of the Shillong Sports Association’s First Division, TSR has learnt.

There were nine teams that took part in 2019 and 10 in 2018.

The two teams that should be playing this season but have dropped out are Laban (relegated from the 2019 edition of the Shillong Premier League) and Meghalaya Police.

Umphyrnai and Nongthymmai have been promoted to the First Division this season. Nongrim Hills have been dropped down to the First Division after finishing second-last (just in front of Laban) in the 2019 SPL.

The other participants are Imson, Lawsohtun, Smit and Sawmer.

With just seven competing teams playing each other once, there will be just 21 matches in all in the league this season. Only the first 13 fixtures have been released by the SSA.

All the matches will take place at Third Ground with a 3PM kick-off.

(TSR file photo of the 2019 First Division)

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