An AIFF League Committee will decide which teams will take part in the 2nd Division League 2018-19 scheduled to start in December 2018. As many as 23 clubs were nominated by State Associations based on the criteria set out by the AIFF:
1. All nominated clubs must have participated in the last conducted top-most division League of the District/State.
2. A club must have finished in the top five or top half of the final league table, whichever is lower, in order to be nominated for HERO 2nd Division League 2018-19.
Here’s the complete list of nominations.
|Bihar||Shirsh Bihar United FC|
|Delhi||Hindustan FC, Sudeva Moonlight FC, Delhi United FC.|
|Gujarat||ARA FC (Ahmedabad Racquet Academy)|
|Jammu & Kashmir||Lonestar Kashmir FC, J&K Bank.|
|Jharkhand||Shivansh Jharkhand FC|
|Karnataka||Ozone FC, South United FC.|
|Kerala||Sports Academy Tirur (SAT), Quartz FC, FC Kerala.|
|Madhya Pradesh||Madan Maharaj FC|
|Manipur||TRAU FC, SSU Singjamei.|
|Mizoram||Chhinga Veng FC|
|Sikkim||United Sikkim FC|
|Telangana||Fateh Hyderabad AFC|
|West Bengal||Mohammedan SC, Rainbow AC.|
The selected teams will participate alongside reserve sides of teams from the Indian Super League. In the 2017-18 season, 13 teams were chosen to play alongside seven reserve sides of ISL teams.
The final list will be announced after a licensing and financial inspection followed by deliberations amongst the AIFF League Committee.