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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...

AIFF seeks AFC Champions League spot for ISL

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Tuesday recommended that the coveted AFC Champions League slot be granted to the winners of the Indian Super League (ISL), effectively elevating the ISL to the top division from the 2019-20 season at the expense of the I-League.

The recommendation might mean that India's AFC Cup slot now goes to the I-League winners. The AIFF has also asked AFC to send a high-level delegation to help create a suitable roadmap for Indian football, in discussion...

I-league clubs demand AFC Champions League slot, better coverage

Six I-League clubs accepted the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) proposal to maintain the status quo by continuing I-League and Indian Super League for another 2-3 years. However, they rejected the idea of the ISL winners being given the AFC Champions League slot. 

In a joint statement issued by Minerva Punjab, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Aizawl FC, Churchill Brothers, and Gokulam Kerala, the clubs thanked Patel for hearing their grievances and said they agreed to the broadcast and scheduling...

No plans to end I-League: Praful Patel

All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel on Wednesday said that he will approach the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to ensure the I-League continues to co-exist with the Indian Super League (ISL) for another two-three years, but added that the arrangement can only be temporary.

"We don't want to pack up the I-League. It should continue. But ultimately there should be a roadmap of Indian football. Two leagues cannot go on permanently. The AFC will also not allow it forever....

AIFF set to make ISL India's top league

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is set to make the Indian Super League (ISL) the top football league in the country, superseding the I-League, from the 2019-20 season, even as seven I-League clubs have promised legal action when such a decision is formally announced by AIFF.

A top AIFF source told ESPN that the AIFF were "contract-bound" as per their 2010 Master Rights Agreement with Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), to make the ISL the "most senior and prestigious" league of...