| JCT FC|
| Kerala Police, Mohammedan S.C.|
1997–98 Indian National Football League
Top four advance to the Championship stage.
Bottom two teams in each group automatically relegated
1996–97 Indian National Football League Wikipedia
1996 saw the first national football championship in India take place, known locally as the Philips National League.
Twelve teams took part in the competition, which was played in two stages: a Group Stage featuring two groups of 6 teams and a Championship stage featuring the top four from each group.
The bottom two clubs in each group would not take part in the next edition, although Mohun Bagan would play the following season.