The AIFFa��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.

Shillong Lajong booked their place in the final four of the 2011 IFA shield tournament with a 2-1 victory over Pune FC in the last fixture of Group B. Now they will take on group A toppers Churchill Brothers in the first semi final on 28th March. Mohun Bagan had already sealed their place in the semis where they will be pitted against group A’s runners up Southern Samity. TheHardTackle reviews the Group-B actions.

Indian football season starts off with the second most important Football Tournament in India, the Fed Cup. We take a look at the groups and the teams taking part.