A curious case of the two national leagues: A handy explainer for your most pertinent questions
India is in a unique position in the world of football right now; Starting in November, there will be two national leagues parallel to each other. The CFA accepted the suggestion of the Indian Football Federation that the Indian Super League and the I-League have two slots in continental competitions run by the Asian Football Confederation.
While the Champions have a slot in the qualifying phase for the Champions and the AFC, if not to win, get a slot in the guarantee of the group stage of the Champions Cup of the AFC ISL are now eligible for the Cup Of the AFC through the playoffs.
Here is the quick explanation of the field in the second league system and other issues that you have had: the place that the Federation Cup has already received is now available to the ISL. Before that, there was a suggestion for a Supercopa of the four best teams of ISL and the I-League. The winners of the Super Cup are supposed to have continental groove. AIFF sources suggest that Calcutta clubs do not agree on the time for which the proposal will be forwarded to the AFC.
It is expected that there will be a project for the Indian Super League, with teams that can bid with a group of players. But keep in mind that nothing has been confirmed before the date, the sources of the club and the federation denied that the project is put to stone. ISL franchises may even have the ability to retain some players.
If the ISL has a tie with players who chose League that may have a clean draft, although the AIFF secretary said Kushal Das that a concrete road map can not be established for League I after a meeting with their clubs Constituents 29.
Should they run in parallel with each other, which seems very likely with each passing day, the I-League should lose ISL in terms of purchasing power.
It is very important to note that, as part of this two-league system, all parties are clear that they are permanent and not temporary solution. With the selection focused on qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup, a solution must be obtained quickly. This is a step in the right direction, as the AFC dictation ensures clarity in the future.
For ISL, it is imperative to make a decision on the continuation of a project or an open market system as early as the first half of July. Tamhane The CTO of Mandar FC Bangalore is absolutely clear on the fact that their team for the next round of AFC Cup night to be finalized and is registered before the end of July, also for a long season before facing A formidable North Korea side SC 4.25.
For I-League clubs have been promised by the AIFF there will be improved levels of distribution and marketing. They also demanded higher compensation than AIFF’s offer.