I-League clubs agreed to concurrent running of ISL and I-League: AIFF

It may be noted here that the AFC Secretariat has accepted this decision as a temporary short-term "bridging" solution. It has also been reviewed and agreed by the FIFA

By: Express Web Desk | Published:June 29, 2017 7:13 pm
AIFF, AFC, AIFF-AFC meeting, Asian Football Confederation, football news, sports news, indian express news AIFF has categorically stated that the I-League clubs have agreed to the decision of two leagues functioning this season

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has categorically stated that the I-League clubs have agreed to the decision of two leagues functioning this season. This news will finally set to rest the all doubts regarding the future of domestic football in India.

In a statement released the AIFF said, “Representatives of the I-League clubs met with AIFF officials to discuss the way forward for the I-League for the 2017-18 season till the roadmap for Indian football in the medium and long term is finalized with assistance and guidance from the AFC.”

“The clubs agreed to the concurrent running of ISL and I-League for 2017-18 but stated that the I-League must be broadcast on Star Sports platform with good quality production and proper marketing and promotion and scheduling of matches. They also recommended that a task force with the I-League clubs be set up to review the I-League on a regular basis,” it added.

The statement further added, “They also stated that the travel subsidy needs to be increased and that AIFF should also allocate a budget for the promotion of the I-League for a 2017-18 season.”

However, it may be noted here that the AFC Secretariat has accepted this decision as a temporary short-term “bridging” solution. It has also been reviewed and agreed by the FIFA.

AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said, “The growth of Indian football is our primary objective and we will take every step necessary to ensure positive results. We look forward to working with AFC and other stakeholders to determine the most suitable medium to long-term road map for Indian football.”

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    Sanjoy Choudhuri
    Jun 30, 2017 at 1:07 am
    TV coverage / promotion dilemma of AIFF / IMGR - I-League v/s ISL Lets now analyse the marketing promotion and TV coverage aspects of ISL and I-League which can place AIFF IMGR in a tight corner - 1) ISL and I-League are now both recognised by AFC but AFC considers I-League as the League-1 of India and considers ISL as the League-2 of India. It doesn't matter what everyone thinks or what the reality is , AFC considers I-League to be of superior status than the ISL. 2) IMGR and AIFF both have contractual obligations to operate the ISL and I-League. So, AIFF and IMGR now needs a strong reason to provide better TV coverage and marketing promotion to ISL in comparison to I-League. Either AIFF / IMGR should provide more importance to I-League or else they have to provide equal importance to both the leagues. If AIFF / IMGR decides to choose anything different then they need to come up with a formal explanation and be ready to explain the same to the AFC
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