Defending champions East Bengal kick-off their campaign against a qualifier, while I-League champions Salgaocar take on Mumbai [ Images ] FC on the inaugural day of the 33rd Federation Cup football tournament, on September 17 in Kolkata [ Images ] and Pune respectively.
East Bengal, who won the last edition in Cuttack, are clubbed in Group C along with Dempo, Pune FC and one of the four teams that will make it to the main round from the qualifiers. They play all their group matches in Kolkata.
Their arch-rivals from Kolkata, Mohun Bagan are placed in Group A and also begin their campaign against a qualifier on the inaugural day in Pune.
Pune will also host other Group B matches, including those of Salgaocar, Pailan Arrows, Mumbai FC and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
The draw for the country's top league-cum-knock-out tournament was held at the AIFF headquarters in Delhi [ Images ] in the presence of all club representatives and Asian Football Confederation delegation.
The winners of each group qualify for the semi-finals, in Kolkata on September 25 and 26.
The final is slated for September 29, in Kolkata.
A: McDowell Mohun Bagan, Churchill Brothers, Shillong Lajong FC, Qualifier B
B: Pailan Arrows, Salgaocar Sports Club, Mumbai FC, HAL
C: Kingfisher East Bengal, Dempo SC, Pune FC, Qualifier A
D: Prayag United SC, Sporting Clube de Goa, Air India, Viva Kerala
Group A (At Pune):
Sept 17: McDowell Mohun Bagan vs Qualifier B; Churchill Brothers vs Shillong Lajong FC.
Sept 19: Shillong Lajong FC vs McDowell Mohun Bagan; Qualifier B vs Churchill Brothers.
Sept 21: McDowell Mohun Bagan vs Churchill Brothers; Shillong Lajong FC vs Qualifier B.
Group B (At Pune):
Sept 18: Pailan Arrows vs HAL; Salgaocar SC vs Mumbai FC
Sept 20: Mumbai FC vs Pailan Arrows; HAL vs Salgaocar SC
Sept 22: Pailan Arrows vs Salgaocar SC; Mumbai FC vs HAL
Group C (At Kolkata):
Sept 17: Kingfisher East Bengal vs Qualifier A; Dempo SC vs Pune FC.
Sept 19: Pune FC vs Kingfisher East Bengal; Qualifier A vs Dempo SC.
Sept 21: Kingfisher East Bengal vs Dempo SC; Pune FC vs Qualifier A.
Group D (At Kolkata):
Sept 18: Prayag United SC vs Viva Kerala; Sporting Clube de Goa vs Air India
Sept 20: Air India vs Prayag United SC; Viva Kerala vs Sporting Clube de Goa
Sept 22: Prayag United SC vs Sporting Clube de Goa; Air India vs Viva Kerala
Sept 25: Group A winner vs Group B winner
Sept 26: Group C winner vs Group D winner
Sept 29: Final (Kolkata