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AIFF-AFC roadmap: ISL replaces I-League as top division and more

The Indian Super League (ISL) as the top division of Indian football from the 2019-20 season, an expanded ISL season from 2021-22, promotion to the ISL for the I-League champions from the following season, and promotion and relegation in the ISL from 2024-25.

These are the highlights of the roadmap for Indian football that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) suggested to stakeholders of Indian football -- team owners of ISL and I-League clubs, and their...

ISL 2019-20: Can the nation's top division deliver?

If the Indian Super League (ISL) started life in 2014 as a bling-laden, well-heeled teenager, the 2019-20 season represents a chance to present a more sober, mature image, especially after its official elevation as India's top division in place of the I-League.

There will be two new teams, and lots more to play for in the early stages of the season. Here are four reasons why the 2019-20 season is going to be one worth keeping track of.

Greater value to the league stages

An elevation to the top of...

Run, Ashique, run: The Kerala speedster who turned India's premier trickster

If Ashique Kuruniyan's value to the Indian team could be captured in one phase of play, look no further than the first half India played against Thailand at the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019, in Abu Dhabi.

Sunil Chhetri sprinted over to take a throw-in, and as he looked around for support, Ashique, who had started the match in attack in a surprise promotion ahead of Jeje Lalpekhlua, sprinted up to get in line with the central defender marking him. Chhetri released the ball deep into the corner,...

BFC confirm home games remain at Kanteerava Stadium

Bengaluru FC will play all their home games in the 2019-20 season at the Kanteerava Stadium, the club confirmed on Thursday. 

Last month, speculation arose that BFC could be forced to shift homes as a result of an ongoing probe into the Kanteerava Stadium, a multi-purpose ground that is shared for practice and events by the Karnataka Athletics Association.

In July, some Karnataka-based athletes had objected to the usage of the stadium by the club, pointing out how natural grass had been...

NorthEast United sign Ghana star Asomah Gyan

NorthEast United FC have signed Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan for the 2019-20 ISL season. Gyan, Ghana's all-time leading scorer with 51 goals, will join NorthEast on the back of their most successful season, where they reached the play-offs for the very first time. 

Gyan, 33, rose to fame with his performances on the international stage, particularly during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where his three goals helped Ghana to the quarterfinals, the team's best ever finish; he was eventually...