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I-League champions Bengaluru FC have been drawn to play against Aizawl FC in the competition. Pictured: 2nd Division League 2015 champions Aizawl FC during an I-League match against Bengaluru FC at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Aizawl, earlier this season.Bengaluru FC

Six teams will compete in the 2nd Division League 2016 final round to book a berth in the premier domestic football competition of India -- the I-League -- next season. From a total of ten teams, six teams have made the cut to the final round. 

The teams were divided into two groups -- the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. The top three teams from each conference will now be pitted against each other in a regular league season. 

While Mohammedan Sporting (West Bengal), Himalayans SC (Sikkim) and Neroca FC (Manipur) qualified from the eastern conference, Minerva Academy FC (Chandigarh), Dempo SC (Goa) and Lonestar Kashmir FC (Jammu & Kashmir) qualified from the western conference.

"We have seen an intriguing battle in the first round and all three debutants (Gangtok Himalayans, Neroca, Minerva Academy) proved their mettle," I-League CEO Sunando Dhar was quoted as saying by the IANS.

"I'm sure that the final round will also come up with an enthralling brand of football where these debutants will rub their shoulders with veteran powerhouses in the likes of Mohammedan SC, Dempo SC, and LoneStar Kashmir FC." 

Last year, Mizoram outfit Aizawl FC made history by clinching the 2nd Division League title and becoming the only team from the North-East region to qualify for the I-League. This season too, just one team will earn promotion to the country's top flight football league.

2nd Division League 2016 finals schedule:

Date Team A   Team B Venue
March 26 Himalayan SC v Dempo Paljor Stadium, Gangtok
March 27 Mohd Sporting v LoneStar Kashmir Mohun Bagan Ground
March 29 Neroca FC  v Minerva Academy Khuman Lampak Stadium
April 1 Himalayan SC LoneStar Kashmir Paljor Stadium
April 2 Neroca FC Dempo Khuman Lampak Stadium
April 3 Mohd Sporting Minerva Academy Mohun Bagan Ground
April 6 Neroca FC LoneStar Kashmir Khuman Lampak Stadium
April 7 Himalayan SC Minerva Academy Paljor Stadium
April 7 Mohd Sporting Dempo Mohun Bagan Ground
April 13 Minerva Academy Dempo Sector 17 Ground
April 14 LoneStar Kashmir Mohd Sporting Synthetic Turf Stadium
April 16 Himalayan SC Neroca FC Paljor Stadium
April 18 LoneStar Kashmir Dempo Synthetic Turf Stadium
April 23 Mohd Sporting Himalayan SC Mohun Bagan Ground
April 23 Dempo Neroca FC Tilak Maidan
April 24 Minerva Academy LoneStar Kashmir Sector 17 Ground
April 29  Mohd Sporting Neroca FC Mohun Bagan Ground
April 29 Minerva Academy Himalayan SC Sector 17 Ground