Proposed I-League format to be discussed

Representatives of all I-League clubs will gather at the All India Football Federation headquarters here on June 26 to deliberate on recent decisions taken by the AIFF emergency committee.

“All matters pertaining to the I-League and the Federation Cup would be discussed extensively and finalised on the day,” the AIFF said in a statement. The proposed move to adopt a MLS-style Conference model for the I-League has ruffled feathers in the clubs.

Under the MLS model, the league will see teams divided into two groups — east and west conference — with only the top four progressing to the final round, while the remainder of the clubs will fight to save themselves from the one relegation spot.

The clubs have also not welcomed the idea to release their players for the cash-rich IPL-style league proposed by IMG-Reliance. This is also expected to figure prominently in the discussions. “The clubs have already given in writing that they will not release any of their players for the league, or give players on loan,” Salgaocar secretary Raj Gomes stated.

Gomes, who is also the President of I-League Professional Football Clubs Association (IPFCA), had said a days back that they have all the clubs on board. I-League CEO Sunando Dhar believed the upcoming meeting will be a “fruitful one”.

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