AIFF to present roadmap to I-League, ISL clubs
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.