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National Football League
The Indian National Football League (NFL) is a football league system in India run by the All India Football Federation.
The NFL has 2 divisions - the Premier Division (created in the 1996/1997 season) and the Second Division (created in the 1997/1998 season). Each year there is relegation and promotion of 2 teams.
10th National Football LeagueThe 10th National Football League (Premier Division) will be held from January 10 through May 14. The league will be sponsored by ONGC for the 2005/2006 season. The champions will receive the ONGC Cup.
The first phase of the 10th NFL Premier Division commences on February 7, to allow players to join the Indian national squad camp in preparation for Asian Cup 2007 qualifying, in which India will play their first match against Japan. The second phase of the 10th NFL Premier Division will begin on March 12. This year's contenders for the championship look to be Mahindra United, East Bengal Club, as well as newly promoted Mohammedan Sporting. Teams with a long shot at the title look to be Fransa-Pax and Air India.
The NFL 2nd Division will begin February 27, and will be held in Jamshedpur and Bangalore. The NFL 2nd Division will consist of 12 teams, divided into two groups. Group A matches will be played in Jamshedpur, and Group B matches will be held in Bangalore. After the first phase of the 2nd Division, which ends on March 14, the second phase will begin on April 25. It will include the top three teams from Group A and Group B, with a total of six teams. The top two teams will be promoted to the 11th NFL Premier Division.
Current Clubs 2005/2006Premier Division
Mahindra United ONGC CUP WinnersWith the conclusion of the 10th NFL Premier Division, Mahindra United have won their first ever National League title. East Bengal were the runners up. In the Super Cup, played in Mumbai, East Bengal came out on top over Mahindra, 2-1.
Second Division Group A (Jamshedpur)
Final Round (Bangalore)
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