Mode of Competition :
The teams will be divided into three or more groups and will play a single leg Preliminary League in their respective groups.
On completion of the preliminary league two top teams from each group will qualify for the play-off league, which will be played on a league/knock-out basis.
The top four teams after completion of the play-off league will be promoted to the Super Division of the 2017-18 season.
Points secured and goals scored and conceded in the preliminary league, will not be carried forward to the play-off league.
The team standing last in each group after the completion of the preliminary league will be demoted to the Second Division of the 2017-18 season.