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Sound of silence: Real Kashmir brace for emotional homecoming

At some time on Thursday, September 5, a football team beset by anxiety and anguish will land in a city and a state completely transformed.

Real Kashmir FC return to Srinagar after a month spent on football duty, cut off from their families and their people, trying to keep their minds on the game but dogged by the uncertainty of what lies ahead. In 2018, RKFC became Indian football's new fairy tale, the first team from the troubled state to qualify for the I-League first division. Today, they are,...

FIFA tells I-League clubs to work with AIFF; Bajaj threatens legal action

FIFA has urged Minerva Punjab and the other agitating I-League clubs to work closely with the All India Football Federation (AIFF), who they believe are "best placed" to resolve the "complex issues" facing Indian football. Minerva Punjab co-owner Ranjit Bajaj, the most vocal of the protesting I-League representatives, sent back an angry response shortly afterward, expressing his lack of faith in the federation and its president Praful Patel, referring to the latter as 'dishonest'.

Six I-League clubs,...

ISL vs I-League - AIFF's two-league conundrum

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) executive committee has recommended the elevation of the franchise-based Indian Super League (ISL) to the top division of Indian football, at the expense of the I-League. This decision, three years in the making, has reopened the debate over the right roadmap for Indian domestic football. 

Here's a look at the timeline of events leading up to this situation:

December 9, 2010

The AIFF announce the signing up of International Management Group-Reliance...

Lack of clarity continues as ISL, I-League preseason begins with Durand Cup

As East Bengal kicked off their centenary celebrations on August 1 and crosstown rivals Mohun Bagan began their Durand Cup campaign with a win a day later, a bigger story in Indian football is currently flying under the radar. It's that of the lack of clarity on how the upcoming 2019-20 season will pan out, now that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) have announced their intention to elevate the Indian Super League (ISL) to top-division status at the expense of the I-League.

ESPN seeks to...

Praful Patel hints at unified league after three-year transition period

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel on Monday said that the Indian Super League (ISL) will have to introduce promotion and relegation at some point as per AFC regulations, and hinted at a possible merger of the ISL and the I-League following a three-year transition period.

"AFC (Asian Football Confederation) won't accept a closed league for long. It is the reason why I have proposed a three-year status quo for both leagues to run simultaneously despite AFC not willing...