AFC grants official status to ISL

The AFC Competitions Committee gave special dispensation for the Indian Super League (ISL) which will be played simultaneously with the I-League for six or seven months in 2017 and 2018 as a temporary short-term ‘bridging solution’.

The winner of the Indian Super League (ISL) will qualify for the AFC Cup preliminary round.   -  Twitter/ISL

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Competitions Committee has approved the replacement of Federation Cup with the Indian Super League. The winner of the tournament will be allocated a spot in the AFC Cup preliminary round.

Following a recommendation from the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the Competitions Committee gave special dispensation for the Indian Super League (ISL) which will be played simultaneously with the I-League for six or seven months in 2017 and 2018 as a temporary short-term ‘bridging solution’.

AIFF’s recommendation to the AFC was that the ISL will replace the Federation Cup, whose winner is currently allocated an AFC Cup preliminary stage place.

Therefore, the Committee approved that the I-League champion will play in the AFC Champions League Play-off round and the ISL Champion will play in the AFC Cup preliminary stage – as long as all clubs adhere to the AFC rules and regulations, particularly club licensing, from 2018.

The situation will be reviewed on a yearly basis with conditions which, in addition to adherence to club licensing regulations, include promotion, production, a player allocation system and the following of the Road Map agreed between the AFC and Indian football stakeholders at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur on June 7.

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