Four new clubs have submitted bid documents for berths in the 2017-2018 I-League season. AIFF will evaluate the bids on August 18.
Clubs from Kerala, Karnataka, Gujarat and Rajasthan have reportedly applied for an entry in the I-League. Bengaluru’s Ozone FC and Kerala’s Gokulam FC are among the clubs, who have submitted bid documents. Bengaluru’s Ozone FC are currently playing in the I-League 2nd division. Gokulam FC re based from Malappuram in Kerala.
The All-India Football Federation’s bid evaluation committee will meet on August 18 to decide the fate of the club.
AIFF had invited bids from new clubs last month from various Indian cities, including Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi, Ranchi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bhopal, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Malappuram and Thiruvananthapuram.
The AIFF is reportedly keen to include a team from Bengaluru following Bengaluru FC’s exit. Star-studded Bengaluru FC have assured themselves of an ‘elevation’ to the high profile ISL. The move has prompted the bid from Ozone FC. The club has been pushing for an I-League spot for Long.
Gokulam FC may become the first team from Kerala to appear in the I-League ever since Chirag United Kerala’s relegation after the 2011-12 season. It will also be for the first time that I-League will feature a club from Rajasthan or Gujarat if the respective clubs bids are accepted.