AIFF, AFC invite I-League, ISL clubs for meeting on roadmap of Indian football

Th AFC and AIFF will present a roadmap to I-League and ISL clubs, which they can choose to approve or deny. The final decision, however, will be with the AFC.

In an attempt to give Indian football a clearer structure, the AIFF has invited all I-League and ISL clubs to a meeting in Kuala Lumpur on October 14.   -  Team Sportstar

The All India Football Federation (AIFF), in a bid to end the ongoing confusion surrounding the future of Indian football, has invited all the I-League and Indian Super League clubs to a meeting at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur on October 14.

AIFF general secretary Kushal Das confirmed to Sportstar that the Indian FA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will together unveil the future roadmap for Indian football on the day. The meeting comes at a very crucial time as both the domestic leagues are set to begin within a month - the ISL will begin on October 20, while the I-League is slated for a November 16 start.

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“The AFC, in consultation with the AIFF, will give a presentation on what they think is the right structure for the future of Indian football,” Das said.

When asked if the clubs will have a chance to react and make suggestions to the proposed plan, Das said: "The AFC, along with AIFF, will just present the roadmap. The clubs can (approve or deny) or they may not. The final decision will be with the AFC."

The letter sent to the I-League clubs on Thursday evening read: “The All India Football Federation along with the Asian Football Confederation will present the future roadmap of Indian Club football on 14th October 2019 at Asian Football Confederation, AFC House, Jalan 1/155B, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 10 am. You are invited to be present. Kindly confirm your presence in the next 5 days.”

Das added that the meeting was in the pipeline for a while: “We had to find a solution. It (the issue) has been going on for some time. We have been discussing this (the meeting) for a long time,” Das added.

The AIFF will be represented by Das, while a member of Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) – the marketing and commercial partners of the Indian FA, will also be present. AFC general secretary Dato Windsor John will also attend the meeting.

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