IPL-style football from next year

 A decision on the final modalities of an IPL-style football tournament, proposed to be held next year at different cities of the country, is likely to be taken in the next couple of weeks, a senior AIFF official said on Tuesday.

I-League Chief Executive Officer, Sunando Dhar said a meeting was held between AIFF officials and IMG-Reliance on Tuesday and it was decided that final modalities of the event will be put before the Emergency Committee of the Federation, which will meet on July 30 and the clubs will also be consulted in another meeting on August 6.

“It is more or less decided now that there will be eight city-based franchises which will run eight teams for the tournament, which is expected to future some top footballers, who had played at the World Cup,” Dhar said after a meeting here.

The I-League clubs wanted 50 percent revenue share from the IMG-Reliance from the TV rights deals and other revenue collected. The I-League players will also be allowed to take part in the tournament and they will be bought by the franchises through a player’s auction.

The IPL-style football league has been doing the rounds and last Thursday, IMG-Reliance, the commercial partners of the AIFF, had met the AIFF top brass but no major decision was taken.

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