Mumbai Football League

The Mumbai Football League is organised by Mumbai District Football Association as a ladder-based competition involving a total of six divisions and over 300 teams, 12 of which forms the Women's Football League.

Mumbai Football League
CountryIndia
Divisions6
Number of teams300+
Level on pyramid3-7
2018–19 MDFA Elite Division

League structure

Women's Division

The Mumbai Women's Football League - one of four tournaments of its kind across the country - remains unchanged in terms of format for the 2010-11 season.

The one aspect that has been modified for this season is the start dates for the league. The Women's division used to be one of the first to kick-off in the MFL however the dates for the current season have been pushed forward (awaiting official announcement from the MDFA) to facilitate preparation for the district and national camps.

The division boasts the creme of Women's football in the city apart from many international players from the current and past national teams.[1][2]

Women's Division Format

  1. All the teams in the division will be divided two groups and shall play a preliminary phase of round-robin games.
  2. The top three teams from each group will advance to the post-season playoffs.
  3. The points and goals scored in the preliminary phase will not be carried forward to the next round.
  4. The team standing first and second after the completion of the round-robin playoff league shall be declared the winner and runner-up of the Women's League 2010-11.

Participating teams

FC of MumbaikarsBodyline FCCompaneroesPIFA Colaba FC
Sellebrity FCSea View SCFather Agnels (Blue)Steadfast Academy
Kenkre FCBandra PackersGreen RockSports BandraDadar XI

Elite Division

The Elite Division is the topmost division in MFL organised by Mumbai District Football Association. Eliminating the much-criticised championship play-offs from previous editions, the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) has restructured the Elite Division 2010-11 season into a classic league format with the teams contesting for the championship and the two dreaded relegation spots.

The new structure brings an end to the exemption enjoyed by the i-League teams in previous seasons, meaning that Air India, Mumbai FC and the newly promoted ONGC will play all teams in the round-robin fixtures.

The exodus of Mahindra United from Mumbai's football scene following Mahindra United u-19's success in winning the Super Division 2009-10 has surprisingly resulted in no teams being promoted to the top flight.

Elite Division Format

All twelve teams will play each other in a round-robin single leg format. The two teams standing First and Second at the end of the league will be declared the Winners and Runners Up of the Harwood League. The teams finishing in the bottom two places at the end of the league phase will be relegated to the Super Division (Season 2011-12)

Participating teams

Air IndiaMumbai FCONGC
Indian NavyPIFA FCKenkre FC
Central RailwayRCF Sports ClubMumbai Customs
Maharashtra State PoliceCompanereous SCDodsal FC*
Western RailwayUnion BankMumbai United*

(*Mumbai United and Dodsal FC has withdrawn)

Speculation that New Installed Club- Dodsal FC Will replace the place which is vacant due to Mumbai United 's withdrawal. Maharashtra State Police and Companeroes SC are newly promoted Clubs whereas Akbar Travels were relegated.

Super Division

The Super Division is the second highest division in MFL organised by Mumbai District Football Association. The decision by the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) to expand Mumbai's second tier of league football clubs the Super and Senior Divisions to form the new Super Division 2014-2015, with a massive 27 team roster.

Super Division format

All the teams in the division will be divided into four or more groups and shall play a preliminary phase of round-robin games. The top two teams from each group will advance to the post-season playoffs. The points and goals scored in the preliminary phase will not be carried forward to the next round . The team standing first and second after the completion of the round-robin playoff league shall be declared the winner and runner-up and will be promoted to the Elite Division (Season 2011-12). The teams in last place in each group after the completion of the preliminary league will be demoted to the Division One (Season 2011-12).

Participating teams

Mumbai WarriorsICL ProcamUnited BoysByculla UnitedFather Agnel’s Gym
CompaneroesCentral Railway (MD)GB PoliceMaharashtra State Police
Indian NavyMumbai Port TrustReserve Bank of IndiaGoregaon SC
PDP WaveEast Indian AcademyD’Assisi SCRizvi Mumbai Muslims
Air India u-19Dena BankKarnataka SportingKenkre u-19
Mumbai Railway PoliceBombay GymkhanaMumbai United u-19Juhu Sparks
Wellington Catholic GymSoccer XIF UnitedCentral Railway (PW)
State Bank of IndiaIntelenetIncome TaxSea View SC
Young Boys

Division One

The brand new Division One structure decided by the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) brings together the teams in Division One and Two from previous seasons, comprising a total of forty three teams.

Division One format

  1. All the teams in the division will be divided into four or more groups and shall play a preliminary phase of round-robin games.
  2. The top two teams from each group will advance to the post-season playoffs.
  3. The points and goals scored in the preliminary phase will not be carried forward to the next round.
  4. The team standing first and second after the completion of the round-robin playoff league shall be declared the winner and runner-up and will be promoted to the Super Division (Season 2011-12).
  5. The teams in last place in each group after the completion of the preliminary league will be demoted to the Division Two (Season 2011-12).

Participating teams

Mumbai Warriors U-19Goans SARhema SCIndian GymkhanaHoly Cross UnitedVillage AmboliAdarsh ‘B’Dadar UnitedPIFA Colaba FC u-19
BombayFCTeresarians Vidya VikasiniSpring FieldRyan International ‘B’Oberoi TowersMumbai United u-17Versova Village BoysMadanpura FC
Khalsa GymkhanaRenaissance HotelLakers FCYoung BoysAdarsh ‘A’St. Paul’s SCCarmelites FCAraldite u-17
Sachivalaya GymMMCYoung GunsTheresians FCChemburitesRCF ColtsSahar Silver Star ‘A’Desperados
Bad Boys ClubSalvation ParishAlphonso AcademySunday BoysMagic BusD.K. PharmaRhino FCParel Villa
Sagar SCYMCABESTKenkre Fc U-17Spartans FC

Division Two

Bringing together the erstwhile Division Three and Four, the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) announced the new Division Two, to be contested by seventy two teams.

Division Two format

  1. All the teams in the division will be divided into six or more groups and shall play a preliminary phase of round-robin games.
  2. The top two teams from each group will advance to the post-season playoffs.
  3. The points and goals scored in the preliminary phase will not be carried forward to the next round.
  4. The post season playoffs will include a league phase followed by a single-leg knock out format to decide who will contest the Division Two Final.
  5. All eight quarter-finalists will be promoted to the Division One (Season 2011-12).

Participating teams

FC of MumbaikarsAthens XIPIFA Colaba FC u-17Tata PowerDadar XI ‘B’IDBIWorld Network ServicesUnited FCIIT Powai
BPT ColonySuper Soccer School ‘A’Saki Village BoysStrikers FCKhalsa SABorivilians SteadfastBPCL RefineriesSahyadri Mandal
Bandra West FAMTNLCentral Railway SahyogNACIL Air IndiaGray Athletic ClubAntop HorizonFC Khar SportingSahyadri Mandal
PD HindujaLarson and TubroRCF Youth CouncilBARCJet AirwaysYoung Boys SCCharkop UnitedCochin FC
Sellebrity FCSporting OptionsDevils FCFire DragonFisherman ColonyJuhu Beach UnitedSt.Joseph (Juhu)Miners FC
Dominic SavioNational SCKuriakon XIShivaji RajeChallengers FCSuper Soccer School ‘B’ArsenalRPF Western Railway
FC Green ParkJJ WelfareBharat FCKingfisher FCBPT CouncilDahisar UnitedRomania FCSea Liner FC
Sahar Silver Star ‘B’Maratha UnitedOur Lady of FatimaPRS FCChampion FCDon Bosco ShelterGuru Nanak FCSoccer A-Z
Hearts FCNaval DockyardNYASSMahalaxmi FCSandesh MahtreUtkarsha MandalLittle MastersSuper Soccer School ‘B’

Division Three

The decision to revamp the structure of the Mumbai Football League by the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) brings together two of the biggest divisions – Five and Six – to form the new MFL Division Three, comprising a mammoth 125 registered teams and counting. This Year -149 Teams will participate in This Third Division

Division Three Format

  1. All the teams in the division will be divided into eight or more groups and shall play a preliminary phase of round-robin games.
  2. The top two/three teams from each group will advance to the post-season playoffs.
  3. The points and goals scored in the preliminary phase will not be carried forward to the next round .
  4. The post season playoffs will include a league phase followed by a single-leg knock out format to decide who will contest the Division Three Final .
  5. All eight quarter-finalists will be promoted to the Division Two (Season 2011-12).

Participating Teams

FC of Mumbaikars 'B'Rising Star FCNavnirman SCNaughty BoysMillwall FCNaval BoysFalcon BrothersJoshua GenerationEl Shaddai UnitedKurla United
Our Lady of HealthVirar FCMazagoan FCWadala VillageSouth Mumbai UnitedWest Zone FCZealous FCBenecia FCMumbai Medar SamajStyle Boys
Stallion FCCreek ViewMPT ReynoldCrazy BoysKalina ThrashersJuhu StrikersDC UnitedAshoka FCGunners FCGreen Field
Warriors UnitedKanara Catholic AssociationFC ProdigyOrion FCLos GalacticosPredators UnleashedKing Circle UnitedRadha Krishna FCRajawadi FCSiddhi Seva Mandal
Millenium UnitedBlitz Krieg FCRoyal FCYoung OnesDahisar UnitedYoung StrikersNaseebSuresh XIKingston FC
Adarsh FC ‘C’Classic FCCypress FCCharkop FCJogeshwari FCSunder Nagar FCMillat FASanta Cruz XIOriented FCRegal FC
Skorost UnitedIndie UnitedAtletico MumbaiBelievers FCTata MemorialShreenath NagarShree Mauli MandalPeace FCClassico FCPeninsula FC
Sea View Academy7 Star SCChedda Nagar ProdigiesFalcons, Santa CruzRenegades FCArsenal FCI&G PartnersAugust KrantiLabbaikSt.Sebastian Boys
SpaniardSC ChincholiBPCL (Marketing)KryptonOscar FoundationNails UnitedGeostanne UnitedMahim FCSunday Boys u-19Buddys XI
Shantiniketan RockBarcode FCStallion FCShaheen ForceAlfrescoUnited FCGharwal Youth ClubRangers FCMukund SCColaba No Fears United
ExtremesOval FCMavericks FCSharp ShootersMiracles FCXI BoysHedgewar BoysIndian Tigers AcademyLaxmi Nagar UnitedYoung Guns
GatofieldVeera EvolutionZeal FCZion FCGladiatorsLICKajupada FCBlack PantherCataliansTata Consultants
Fleet FootersArsenal Mumbai SCFreunds SAUnited Youth SOIndian Squash ProfessionalsBombay Gymkhana Colts

References

  1. "Women's Football League kicks off in Mumbai after three years". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  2. "Mirror Girls Soccer League back bigger and better". Mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com. 22 January 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
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