The AIFF’s blue ribbon tournament and premier knockout competition is all set to kick-off on the 17th with Group A and Group B being played at the Balewadi Sports Complex and Group C and Group D being played at the Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata. TheHardTackle brings you an in-depth preview of Group A and Group B to be held in Pune.

The Final round of Second Division is about to kick-off. Eight teams will participate in final round with the top two qualifying for I-League 2011/12. Teams like Vasco, Mohammedan and Sporting Clube have tasted top level football before while the likes of Southern Samity and Royal Wahingdoh are debutantes in this level.

The six teams which qualified for the final round included some traditionally big clubs like Mohammedan and Vasco along with less fancied names like Southern Samity and Royal Wahingdoh. This was also a forgettable season in second division for each of the five Kerala teams.