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  • Deb_BanDeb_Ban 9967 Points
    I have a question.

    with franchising coming in, what wil happen to traditional powerhouses like dempo,salgaocars,east bengal,mohun bagan etc

    That is my question as well. I think, worldwide, traditional club-based leagues and franchisee-based leagues do not mix. But AIFF is not a transparent organization, they do not divulge their plans of the ways to mitigate these issues. Meanwhile we continue to scratch our heads and keep on guessing.
  • ashindiaashindia 9254 Points
    I-League may be a 12-team event next season

    KOLKATA: There is a strong possibility that the next I-League will be a 12-team affair.

    Air India and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) escaped demotion by the skin of their teeth, but their fight for survival is far from over. These two sides have three months' time to transform themselves from public sector enterprises to 'commercial entities,' failing which they may be ejected from the event, thus cutting down on the number of teams for 2011-2012 by two.

    According to those in the know, the chances of Air India and HAL doing the needful to hang on to the top tier are getting slimmer with each passing day.

    Of the 14 teams that played the last I-League, ONGC, HAL, Air India and Indian Arrows had been given one-year relaxation after failing to meet the criterion of becoming commercial entities by December 31, 2010, in adherence to the AFC guidelines for playing in a pro league.

    What is now emerging from Delhi's Football House is that the AIFF wants the requirements to be fulfilled by September, if they want to take part in the next league.

    ONGC got relegated (along with JCT), while the AIFF is negotiating with a couple of sponsors to sell Indian Arrows and turn the federation's 'baby' into a commercial entity. That leaves Air India and HAL to fend for themselves.

    "For public sector teams, there are some legal hurdles involved. That's why they have been granted an extension, in the hope that they will meet the necessary club licensing criteria. But we haven't heard anything positive from them (HAL and Air India) to make us believe that things are moving in the right direction," an AIFF official told TOI.

    "If they fail to adhere to the club licensing criteria, the next I-League will be played without them and in that case, it could be a 12-team affair," he added.

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  • I-League may be a 12-team event next season

    KOLKATA: There is a strong possibility that the next I-League will be a 12-team affair.

    Air India and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) escaped demotion by the skin of their teeth, but their fight for survival is far from over. These two sides have three months' time to transform themselves from public sector enterprises to 'commercial entities,' failing which they may be ejected from the event, thus cutting down on the number of teams for 2011-2012 by two.

    According to those in the know, the chances of Air India and HAL doing the needful to hang on to the top tier are getting slimmer with each passing day.

    Of the 14 teams that played the last I-League, ONGC, HAL, Air India and Indian Arrows had been given one-year relaxation after failing to meet the criterion of becoming commercial entities by December 31, 2010, in adherence to the AFC guidelines for playing in a pro league.

    What is now emerging from Delhi's Football House is that the AIFF wants the requirements to be fulfilled by September, if they want to take part in the next league.

    ONGC got relegated (along with JCT), while the AIFF is negotiating with a couple of sponsors to sell Indian Arrows and turn the federation's 'baby' into a commercial entity. That leaves Air India and HAL to fend for themselves.

    "For public sector teams, there are some legal hurdles involved. That's why they have been granted an extension, in the hope that they will meet the necessary club licensing criteria. But we haven't heard anything positive from them (HAL and Air India) to make us believe that things are moving in the right direction," an AIFF official told TOI.

    "If they fail to adhere to the club licensing criteria, the next I-League will be played without them and in that case, it could be a 12-team affair," he added.

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  • archakarchak 2082 Points
    I-League may be a 12-team event next season

    KOLKATA: There is a strong possibility that the next I-League will be a 12-team affair.

    Air India and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) escaped demotion by the skin of their teeth, but their fight for survival is far from over. These two sides have three months' time to transform themselves from public sector enterprises to 'commercial entities,' failing which they may be ejected from the event, thus cutting down on the number of teams for 2011-2012 by two.

    According to those in the know, the chances of Air India and HAL doing the needful to hang on to the top tier are getting slimmer with each passing day.

    Of the 14 teams that played the last I-League, ONGC, HAL, Air India and Indian Arrows had been given one-year relaxation after failing to meet the criterion of becoming commercial entities by December 31, 2010, in adherence to the AFC guidelines for playing in a pro league.

    What is now emerging from Delhi's Football House is that the AIFF wants the requirements to be fulfilled by September, if they want to take part in the next league.

    ONGC got relegated (along with JCT), while the AIFF is negotiating with a couple of sponsors to sell Indian Arrows and turn the federation's 'baby' into a commercial entity. That leaves Air India and HAL to fend for themselves.

    "For public sector teams, there are some legal hurdles involved. That's why they have been granted an extension, in the hope that they will meet the necessary club licensing criteria. But we haven't heard anything positive from them (HAL and Air India) to make us believe that things are moving in the right direction," an AIFF official told TOI.

    "If they fail to adhere to the club licensing criteria, the next I-League will be played without them and in that case, it could be a 12-team affair," he added.

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    Bring back JCT <!-- s8-) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cool.gif" alt="8-)" title="Cool" /><!-- s8-) -->
    wish jct and teams from 2nd div replace team
  • ashindiaashindia 9254 Points
    New Season set for grand Opening ceremony

    Margao, Jun 12 : The All India Football Federation (AIFF) four year old league tournament I-League will start on Oct 15th or 16th.

    “We are planning to start the I-League with a bang. We would be promoting the opener in a big way with help from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)… we plan to have an opening ceremony on the lines of the ones AFC normally has for their own tournaments,” said I-League CEO Sunando Dhar, who was here to inspect Sporting Clube de Goa club.

    “I am sure we would manage to generate considerable interest in the league. The opener will be different from what we have seen in the past,” said Sunando.

    The crowd attendance for the recently concluded I-league was poor. A major draw back was the absence of national television coverage.

    “We are having talks with a couple of broadcasters… it will be in place very soon,” said the I-League CEO.

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  • shankarshankar 2600 Points
    i-league club Officials to study J-League model
    PANAJI: For once, the Japanese won't be the ones to replicate and improvise.

    When it comes to soccer, the J-League, much the envy of rest of Asia if not the world, it's Japan who shows the way with a football structure and competition that has caught the fancy of poor cousins, but once proud Asian leaders, India.

    The All India Football Federation (AIFF) are set to offer Japan's famed organizational lessons to Indian clubs, hoping at least some of the 28 representatives who would tour Japan would pick up some clues and replicate the same at their floundering clubs.

    "We are organizing a tour of Japan for two representatives of each club somewhere in September. The five-day tour would help club representatives understand what makes the league tick, how clubs prepare for their home matches and how almost every detail is taken care of while preparing for matches," I-League CEO Sunando Dhar said on Saturday.

    Sunando, along with an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) delegation, was in Goa to check recently-promoted Sporting Clube de Goa's preparedness for the I-League.

    "A unique feature of the next I-League will be that clubs would organize the matches themselves rather than entrust the responsibility to state associations. The clubs need to know what goes into organization of a home game," said Dhar, who is trying to usher in a new professional wave in the competition.

    For a start, the AFC will organise a seminar for participating clubs in New Delhi in August, and a month later, a tour to Japan.

    Started just three years prior to India's own National Football League -- now rechristened I-League -- the J-League is considered among the world's top leagues. The I-League, in sharp contrast, has struggled to stay on its feet. "We could have so easily studied one of the European models but Japan is a success story closer to home," explained Dhar.

    While in Japan, the club representatives would watch a couple of J-League matches, visit top clubs and interact with leading J-League officials including chairman Kazumi Ohigashi. But most importantly, club representatives would study the Japanese clubs' approach towards security, ticketing, match preparations and media management. The clubs' approach towards youth and community development will also be studied.

    The next edition of the I-League will kick off either on October 15 or 16. Pune and Kolkata have been shortlisted for the moment to host the opener, expected to be glitzy and unlike any of the openings India's premier football competition has seen before.
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/football/top-stories/Officials-to-study-J-League-model/articleshow/8829809.cms
  • Shillong Lajong might lose I-League spot:
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    seems to be bad days are ahead for Lajong... lets hope they will improve the ground condition with govt support.
  • gaffertapegaffertape 13021 Points
    Shillong Lajong might lose I-League spot:
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    seems to be bad days are ahead for Lajong... lets hope they will improve the ground condition with govt support.

    Sensational media reporting again.

    Cooperage wasn't ready & had none of those facilities mentioned inn the article;
    Games were played at Kolhapur for a year in the meantime

    Bangalore stadium took all year to complete,
    Kanteerava hosted the games instead , and that stadium is no where near AFC criteria

    Same with Shillong , they might have to play their home matches in Guwahati or some other neighboring state with a proper field.
  • shankarshankar 2600 Points
    Worried Colaco wants cap on players’ salary
    OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
    New Delhi: The skyrocketing players’ salary could turn out to be a financial disaster for domestic football in India, feels national coach Armando Colaco.

    The newly-appointed coach is specially disturbed by the fact that a few footballers have been offered eight-figure salaries by a couple of clubs and said all clubs should join together to stop this practice immediately.

    “I am not against footballers getting money… I am all for it but there should be a limit,” said Colaco. “Such payments are exorbitant and might lead to closure of some of the top teams because of financial problems. Time all clubs join hands to come to an agreement about what should be the limit for players’ payments in the I-League,” said Colaco, who also coaches Dempo.

    Though Colaco did not mention any name, it was obvious he was upset in the manner two foreign players — Odafe Okolie and Beto — have switched allegiance to Mohun Bagan and Churchill Brothers, respectively, after being offered highly lucrative deals.

    “A top team like Mahindra United have already been closed down and I will not be surprised if Dempo and Salgaocar follow the trend soon,” said Colaco. “Dempo’s expenses have gone up to Rs 14 crore and I am not sure how long the management would like to continue with such an inflated budget,” he said.

    Both Colaco and Medeira, however, had a busy day on Thursday as two players – striker Anil Kumar and midfielder Gurvinder Kumar – were injured during practice. While Gurvinder, who suffered a leg injury, was ruled out for three weeks, the team management is hoping to get Anil Kumar fit in the next few days.

    The problem is that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is yet to appoint a physical trainer for the camp.

    source:-telegraph
  • ashindiaashindia 9254 Points
    Worried Colaco wants cap on players’ salary
    OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
    New Delhi: The skyrocketing players’ salary could turn out to be a financial disaster for domestic football in India, feels national coach Armando Colaco.

    The newly-appointed coach is specially disturbed by the fact that a few footballers have been offered eight-figure salaries by a couple of clubs and said all clubs should join together to stop this practice immediately.

    “I am not against footballers getting money… I am all for it but there should be a limit,” said Colaco. “Such payments are exorbitant and might lead to closure of some of the top teams because of financial problems. Time all clubs join hands to come to an agreement about what should be the limit for players’ payments in the I-League,” said Colaco, who also coaches Dempo.

    Though Colaco did not mention any name, it was obvious he was upset in the manner two foreign players — Odafe Okolie and Beto — have switched allegiance to Mohun Bagan and Churchill Brothers, respectively, after being offered highly lucrative deals.

    “A top team like Mahindra United have already been closed down and I will not be surprised if Dempo and Salgaocar follow the trend soon,” said Colaco. “Dempo’s expenses have gone up to Rs 14 crore and I am not sure how long the management would like to continue with such an inflated budget,” he said.

    Both Colaco and Medeira, however, had a busy day on Thursday as two players – striker Anil Kumar and midfielder Gurvinder Kumar – were injured during practice. While Gurvinder, who suffered a leg injury, was ruled out for three weeks, the team management is hoping to get Anil Kumar fit in the next few days.

    The problem is that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is yet to appoint a physical trainer for the camp.

    source:-telegraph

    He is 100% spot on,there is too much inflation of salaries in I-League.

    Salary which Beto and Odafe are paid for that you can get some top class French players from bottom placed Ligue 1 clubs.

    Then again Indian clubs lack basic facilities and are very poor when it comes to revenue generation.No point in increasing wages like that.

    All clubs have to make sure they sign 4-5 year contracts instead of 1 year to avoid inflation of wages.Just look at middle table clubs they are struggling to sign even a single player.
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