Here are the latest updates and a selection of stories from the 2016-17 I-League season. FULL COVERAGE Post-season Raymond Colney Will AIFF seize the Aizawl moment or score an own goal? Aizawl threaten 'fast unto death' if denied top tier entry Ralte, Gomes lead ESPN's I-League Team of the Season What the quest for 'one league' means for Aizawl... and others Final round AIFF Media Photos: Aizawl's very special homecoming Ugra: Aizawl dream comes true on a mad night in Shillong Anatomy of a fairytale: How Aizawl turned their fortunes around in one year Recap: Games that shaped Aizawl's triumphant season Twitter reacts to Aizawl's I-League truimph Report: Aizawl are champions of India Report: B agan win, DSK-Minerva play out a thriller Report: East Bengal finish 3rd, Bengaluru FC 4th Round 18 Raymond Colney/ESPN Aizawl one match, one point away from history Former players, coaches back Aizawl to make history 'Sunday is about which is the best club in the north-east' Seasoned Khalid steers inexperienced Aizawl's fairytale bid I-League preview: Shillong takes centre stage as Aizawl look to make a point Shillong vs Aizawl: Forget north-east unity, Sunday is 'judgement day' Wahingdoh, the one-season wonders who didn't have a chance Job almost done, Aizawl cautiously prepare for Shillong party Aizawl can't wait for Sunday's Northeast Derby Round 17 Raymond Colney/ESPN The numbers that put Aizawl on the brink of history Photos: Aizawl inch towards history Aizawl score one goal, move closer to the other In Aizawl the hills unite to take on heavyweights Jeje's unique burden during Aizawl v Bagan Aizawl's Brandon all set for 'most important game' Shootout in Aizawl: The match that could win the I-League I-League title up for grabs as Aizawl, Bagan lock horns I-League's tightest finishes Khalid Jamil: There's something special happening in Aizawl Round 16 Sen: Poor home form, defensive woes cost East Bengal the title East Bengal's title hopes end after loss to Shivajians Rookie Bayi and veteran Norde take title race to Aizawl showdown Norde keeps Bagan on top as Aizawl stay in the hunt Round 15 Azharuddin Mallick celebrates his goal against East Bengal. AIFF Media Sen: Azhar's brilliance redeems ill-tempered derby Bagan win Kolkata derby, Bengaluru leave it late Bengaluru fall apart in Kolkata as title dream ends Wins for Chennai, Lajong International break Mumbai FC appoint Oscar Bruzon as head coach Round 14 I-League by the numbers: East Bengal have most goals, away wins Bengaluru FC vs Mohun Bagan: A classic that could have been Bengaluru FC vs Mohun Bagan, when the stands fanned the flames Lajong halt Churchill's winning streak; Chennai shock East Bengal BFC's Bagan jinx continues; Aizawl drop points as DSK rout Mumbai Round 13 Ugly, but effective Mumbai keep Bagan at bay Balwant Singh scores as Mohun Bagan drop points again Aizawl capitalise on East Bengal's slip-up to go top Round 12 Aizawl, East Bengal keep pace but setback for Bagan BFC win, DSK snatch point in Chennai Title race: Aizawl and East Bengal on course, Bagan falter Round 11 Report: East Bengal beat Bengaluru to stay top, Aizawl edge past Chennai Karanjit Singh the only shining light in an abysmal Chennai defence Uneasy lies the head that wears the I-League crown Round 10 Aizawl players celebrate their win over league leaders East Bengal. AIFF media Ugra: I'm in an Aizawl state of mind Title race wide open as Aizawl hand East Bengal season's first defeat Bagan remain unbeaten, Bengaluru drop points Minerva edge Churchill in thriller, Shillong leapfrog Bengaluru FC New boys Minerva finally find their feet Round 9 Bengaluru FC's crown slipping fast from grasp BFC held, Minerva earn point Churchill earn hard-fought point against Chennai Round 8 AIFF Media Five takeways from the Kolkata derby: A tactical stalemate, and a battle of the fans Tight Kolkata derby ends in goalless draw Bhaichung Bhutia: The I-League will come back to Kolkata Chhetri and Bhutia, first among equals New venue, same menu for Kolkata derby East Bengal look to clip Mohun Bagan's wings Bengaluru FC drop points again Mehtab Hossain: Winning the I-League is a question of perform or perish Aizawl FC ease past Churchill Brothers Kolkata derby headlines eighth-round action Round 7 Chennai City sack head coach Robin Charles Raja I-League: Bengaluru fight back for draw; Shillong Lajong, East Bengal win I-League: Minerva Punjab get maiden win, Mohun Bagan beat Aizawl East Bengal gather more steam, Bengaluru FC slip again I-League by the numbers: Lajong continue winning run, Chhetri closes in on Bhutia Round 6 Aizawl snatch late win, Minerva hold Churchill Dicka's brace helps Shillong to third straight win Round 5 I-League: Lajong beat Mumbai; Chennai get maiden win Goalless draw exposes chinks in Mohun Bagan's armour Sloppy BFC come crashing down to earth I-League preview: DSK host in-from Mohun Bagan Round 4 Marks out of 10: Aizawl thrill, Mumbai disappoint
I-League by the numbers: A tale of two goal droughts
East Bengal hand champions BFC first loss 'When you lose at East Bengal, the fans want to kill you' I-League: Shillong win; Churchill deny Shivajians Round 3 I-League: Aizawl edge Lajong 2-1, Bagan, DSK win I-League Bengaluru beat Mumbai, Churchill lose again Round 2 AIFF Media Report: Bagan beat Shillong, Aizawl edge Minerva Report: Bengaluru stay top, East Bengal register first win Report: Sawhney snatches late win for Mumbai FC against Churchill Marks out of 10: Mumbai, Aizawl impress; Churchill Brothers disappoint Stats: Goalless streak for debutants, Bengaluru FC's clean sheets Transfers: Bengaluru FC sign Sandesh Jhinghan BFC Transfers: Robin Singh returns to East Bengal Round 1 BFC Report: Bengaluru cruise, East Bengal held on opening day Report: Bagan, Mumbai win; Chennai, Minerva draw Blog: Bengaluru FC make debutant Sena Ralte one of their own Marks on 10: Bengaluru, Mumbai impress; East Bengal disappoint Stats: Dry opening day, Aizawl's first and Chennai's 13-year wait Pre-season Meet the 10 I-League teams I-League by the numbers Bengaluru FC begin I-League title defence at home against Lajong
Defending champions Bengaluru FC will start their campaign at home on January 7 against Shillong Lajong FC,as per the fixtures list for the first nine rounds released by the AIFF.
I-League champions Bengaluru FC are automatically eligible to compete in Asia right now. This could become history if the new proposals get accepted. Bengaluru FC Read more BFC one of the best in Asia: Lajong coach Singto AIFF gives Chennai City FC and Minerva Punjab FC right to take part in the I-League 2016-17 NEROCA, Sudeva FC among teams bidding for 2017 I-League AIFF to invite fresh bids for I-League Pullout
Former champions Salgaocar Football Club, as well as Dempo and Sporting Clube de Goa, pulled out from the upcoming season in protest against the All India Football Federation's decision to restructure the national football league system.
Sporting Clube de Goa and Salgaocar FC pull out of the I-League Dempo pull out of I-League Churchill Brothers set for I-League return Players of Churchill Brothers celebrate their win against East Bengal during I-League Football Match, at Yuba Bharati Krirangan, on January 19, 2013 in Kolkata, India. Prateek Choudhury/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Churchill were dropped from the league in 2014 along with Mohammedan Sporting and Rangdajied United for failing to fulfill the club licensing criteria.
Churchill Brothers will be the only Goan club in the league next season. AFC: Restructuring plans are the sole preserve of the AIFF