A roadmap of the country’s domestic football structure will be discussed in a meeting of the I-League and Indian Super League clubs with the officials of the AIFF and the Asian Football Confederation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, today (Monday).
The All India Football Federation has invited the clubs of the country’s two domestic leagues to a meeting at AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur to discuss the future of the game in the country. The officials of FSDL, the organizers of the ISL, will also be present in the meeting.
The national federation, in consultation with the AFC, is expected to present a “roadmap” for the future of Indian club football as there is still no clarity regarding which league – out of I-League and ISL – will be the top tier competition in the country.
In June, the AIFF has announced that the ISL from the 2019-2020 season would take over India’s AFC Champions League qualifier slot from the I-League. This effectively means the ISL takes over as India’s top-tier football league.
I-League clubs have protested and asked for the introduction of promotion and relegation to allow them to take part in the ISL.
Officials of Kolkata clubs Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, and ATK, as well as Minerva Punjab owner Ranjit Bajaj, have reached the Malaysian capital for the meeting. East Bengal will be represented by Executive Committee member Saikat Ganguly.
“We will wait and watch. We definitely hope that AFC is thinking of the betterment of Indian football. We hope to get some answers in this perspective,” East Bengal senior official Debabrata Sarkar said.
“We are hoping for the best from the AFC and we strongly believe in their policies and principles as long as AFC follows their own constitution. We are expecting a structured roadmap for the betterment of football in India,” said Bajaj.