AIFF president Praful Patel says he is 'happy' with Asian Football Confederation's roadmap for club football in India

The ISL will now replace the I-League as the top-tier competition in India after the stakeholders agreed to a proposal of the AFC ending the long-drawn restructuring process

Press Trust of India November 03, 2019 10:45:35 IST
AIFF president Praful Patel says he is 'happy' with Asian Football Confederation's roadmap for club football in India
  • He was speaking after the official Emblem of the FIFA Women's U-17 World Cup was launched in the presence of Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

  • The ISL will now replace the I-League as the top-tier competition in the country after the stakeholders agreed to a proposal of the AFC

  • As per the roadmap, ISL will be the top league in the country from this season itself, while the I-League will continue as the second-tier league

Mumbai: All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel on Saturday expressed happiness that a "broadly acceptable consensus" has been reached on Indian football's roadmap.

"I am happy that a sustainable, comprehensive and broadly acceptable consensus roadmap has now been established which will do Indian football a lot of good in the future. Broadly a good solution has been found for club football in India," Patel told reporters here.

AIFF president Praful Patel says he is happy with Asian Football Confederations roadmap for club football in India

AFC Senior Vice President Praful Patel during the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Congress 2019 in Kuala Lumpur. AFP

He was speaking after the official Emblem of the FIFA Women's U-17 World Cup was launched in the presence of Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.

"I feel genuinely happy that a broad consensus has been built on a ticklish issue which has been nagging the entire football fraternity. What will happen to Indian Super League (ISL), what will happen to I league, what will happen to future of clubs, these kind of very important questions were always keeping us engaged," added Patel.

The ISL will now replace the I-League as the top-tier competition in the country after the stakeholders agreed to a proposal of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), ending the long-drawn and contentious restructuring process.

As per the roadmap, ISL will be the top league in the country from this season itself, while the I-League will continue as the second-tier league.

Patel said there were issues between ISL and I-League clubs, which needed to be resolved.

"There was a meeting and workshop held in Kuala Lumpur under the aegis of AFC where I-League and ISL clubs were invited. AIFF was represented there and also we had Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) — our commercial partners.

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