AIFF to present roadmap to I-League, ISL clubs

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport - Mar­cus.Mer­gul­[email protected] times­group.com

Panaji: The All In­dia Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion has in­vited I-League and In­dian Su­per League (ISL) clubs to Kuala Lumpur where they would present the roadmap for In­dian foot­ball.

AIFF gen­eral sec­re­tary Kushal Das wrote to all I-League clubs on Thurs­day in­form­ing them of the meet­ing at the Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion (AFC) head­quar­ters on Oc­to­ber 14 at 10am. Foot­ball Sports De­vel­op­ment Ltd (FSDL), the body that runs ISL, wrote to par­tic­i­pat­ing clubs later in the day. “All doubts will be cleared on Oc­to­ber 14. We have come up with a roadmap which will be pre­sented to all the stake­hold­ers in Malaysia. It will be pre­ma­ture to say any­thing more at the mo­ment,” Das told TOI.

AIFF’s roadmap, pre­pared in con­sul­ta­tion with the AFC, should put an end to all the con­fu­sion sur­round­ing In­dian foot­ball. While there is no change in the AIFF’s stand that ISL will be the top-tier league and will be al­lot­ted the AFC Cham­pi­ons League play­off spot, the de­ci­sion hasn’t found favour with I-League clubs.

A plan to pro­vide the sec­ond spot to I-League cham­pi­ons has not found ac­cep­tance since the spot is re­served for a cup com­pe­ti­tion.

Sources said the AIFF is push­ing for a spe­cial ar­range­ment with the AFC for the next three years, while a lit­tle bit of “re­struc­tur­ing” is not ruled out.

Das and AIFF pres­i­dent Praful Pa­tel held ex­ten­sive talks with AFC gen­eral sec­re­tary Wind­sor John in Mum­bai last month and then fed­er­a­tion of­fi­cials vis­ited Kuala Lumpur for an­other round of dis­cus­sions.

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