One Nation One League: I-League-ISL Merger

dhritiman7dhritiman7 4030 Points
edited September 2015 in Indian Football

AIFF decides to form working group on I-League-ISL merger!

After much talk and discussion, the All India Football Federation today held a meeting with I-League club officials and the chief promoters of Indian Super League - IMG-Reliance and Star Sports, with the result of the meeting being to create a working group to look into the merger of the I-League and Indian Super League.

No I-League club official wanted to come on record with what they thought about the meeting, but it was evident from rumours and unofficial statements that the I-League clubs had hoped to hear from the AIFF about solutions ahead of the 2016 I-League with the threat of pullout from Pune FC and Bharat FC still on the cards.

AIFF president Praful Patel said, "We are working towards one entity in future - the I-League clubs and the ISL. A working group will be formed, about nine members, to work out the way."

Patel informed that the I-League-ISL merger cannot be done overnight and many more interactions were due to take place before a final blueprint for a joint league is put in place and said, "Many more discussions have to take place among the working group, among whom will be I-League club representatives, people from IMG-R and AIFF members."

"I-League is India's main league. The Indian Super League may be called a league, but is in fact a tournament, like the Rovers Cup," while adding, "there is naturally anxiety in I-League clubs about the future, we are aware. We are aware of low attendance due to matches timed at 3pm and other issues." 

He also maintained that the success of the ISL in its inaugural season last year had trickled down to the I-League attendances too. "There has been a positive spillover effect of ISL on I-League attendances. The interest in football is getting bigger, corporates are ready to get involved now."

"The ISL has been a reasonable success in the first year and is getting better. Foreign players signed for the second season are getting younger."



  • ArsenalFan700ArsenalFan700 Reddit13655 Points
    Probably would have been better to name the thread "I-League/ISL merger thread" honestly
    The real AG
  • Yeah, the poetic name for the thread can be misleading. 
  • No problem I thought people will like it. Will change it.
    The real AG
  • deepakcdeepakc Mumbai 3416 Points
    The tagline of a Bollywood movie is also apt  "A story you wish were true".....

    We all know, that it is too difficult to be practical, AIFF/IMG is trying to be seen doing the right things....
  • ArsenalFan700ArsenalFan700 Reddit13655 Points
    I mean, this title would have been perfect to end the opening post... something to pump and inspire people.

    A slogan for the merger almost.
  • It seems I don't have permission to change the title. Requesting moderators to change the name to I-League/ISL merger of any choice of yours. 
  • rudrarudra 2958 Points
    let it be here for some time, this slogan will attact more to comment :p
  • I discovered my poet avatar I guess !!!
  • DXDX 4074 Points
    great thread though. but is india ready for a single league? ISL is not a proven success until we get close to breakeven. even if turnover in income and expenditure is huge that should be enough.

    what india really wants a grassroot up structure. get a proper state league going so ghe best club or clubs can get promoted to i-league 2.
    create a financial viability to getting promoted to i-league 2. ask and give rebates to corporates who invest in ISL to invest a small percentage into the second division.

    let franchises of respective states in ISL adopt or be a senior affliate to local clubs playing in the state league. this can not be forced but remove the burden of youth development from the ISL franchises. a part of the youth development/ central pool 5-10% (10%of 40crores last year = 4 crores divided by 8 franchises comes to 50lakhs) to be given to ISL franchises to ensure they invest this money into adopted encouragi g state leagues.

    Let I-league run in its current form for 2 seasons until this takes shape so the biggest clubs from the league can either merge into ISL franchises or form thier franchises.

    let youth development be taken care by AIFF elite academy and i-league clubs until the final merger.

    so much possibilities!! but need the right people to manage. unfortunately gandhi is no more in india.
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