2012 Federation Cup
Indian top-club football is back! We start with the Federation Cup in September (Qualifiers in August). If the format is the same as last time then it should be the 14 I-League teams + 2 Qualifying teams to make it a 16 team event.
Now according to the Times of India the tournament Final Round shall be held in Siliguri (Kanchenjunga Stadium) and either Assam or Orissa. The Semi-Finals and Final shall also be in Siliguri.
Also according to the Times of India the qualifiers will involve all 22 I-League 2nd Division teams from 2012 who ful-fill the club licensing criteria, so expect that number (22) to drop a lot. Also no question on whether HAL SC or Chirag Kerala will play in the Federation Cup. Chirag Kerala is rumored to be 100% disbanded and HAL is a brand new team (players).
Now according to the AIFF schedule released in June (via Arunava Choudhury) the qualifiers would start in August while the Federation Cup proper would start 15 September to 30 September. However the Times of India said on 15 August 2012 that the Qualifiers would begin 2 September and that the Federation Cup proper would begin 20 September. Will have more updates on the first post when given.