AIFF president Praful Patel to meet I-League clubs on July 3

The All India Football Federation president, Praful Patel, has agreed to meet the I-League clubs' owners on July 3.

The I-League clubs had requested a meeting with Praful Patel (in picture), once before the beginning of the season and once before the Super Cup. File Photo: PTI

Amidst the growing uncertainty surrounding the future of Indian football, the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) president, Praful Patel, has agreed to meet the I-League clubs on July 3. The AIFF's executive committee meeting, which was initially scheduled for the same day, has now been postponed to July 9

AIFF general secretary, Kushal Das' letter to the club owners on Saturday afternoon said: “This is to inform you that a meeting with representatives of I-League clubs with the President of All India Football Federation has been fixed on 3rd July 2019 at 3 pm at Le Meridien, New Delhi.” 

It may be noted that the I-League clubs had requested a meeting with Patel, once before the beginning of the season and once before the Super Cup, but the meetings did not take place.

It is expected that the roadmap of the I-League and the structure of Indian football will be discussed during the meeting as reports have suggested the AIFF is considering making the cash-rich Indian Super League (ISL) as the top division.

In the event that the ISL is elevated, then the I-League will be called the League One and the second division will become League 2. Both the lower divisions will follow a system of promotion and relegation, but clubs from neither division will be able to join the ISL through promotion. The ISL clubs will enjoy immunity from relegation, as promised in the 10-year contract they had signed ahead of the first season in 2014.

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