The championship came to an end on Saturday at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi with Delhi FC being crowned the first champions.
The 37-year-old India captain, who began his professional career in 2002 with the famous Mohun Bagan club and made his international debut in 2005, received the Khel Ratna from President Ram Nath Kovind
Devi said if the big companies step up to sponsor clubs and tournaments, the women players will start getting good salaries and they can have a career in football just like their male counterparts.
India, ranked 57th in the FIFA charts, are the third-highest ranked side in the group behind China (17th) and Chinese Taipei (40th) and ahead of Iran (72nd).
In his condolence message, AIFF president Praful Patel said: "It is saddening to hear that Mr. Bhabani Roy is no more. His contribution to the sport in India can never be forgotten. I share the grief."
Chandrasekhar, a defender in his playing days, was suffering from age-related ailments for some time, a source associated with the family told PTI.
Having taken charge of the senior women's team, head coach Thomas Dennerby has named a list of 30 probables who will be camping in Jamshedpur.
National women's football team striker Bala Devi, who is currently playing for Rangers in the Scottish Women's Premier League, has been recommended for the coveted Arjuna Award.
AIFF in talks with Jharkhand government for women's national camps for FIFA U-17 World Cup, AFC Asian Cup
Ranked 57th in the FIFA chart, the Indian senior women's team had fruitful exposure trips to Turkey and Uzbekistan earlier this year.
FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Credit to Igor Stimac for grooming young players, says AIFF general secretary Kushal Das
Kushal Das credited the coach for believing in the next generation of footballers and providing them with the opportunity they deserve.
Citing examples of other footballing nations from across the world, AIFF technical director Isac Doru had earlier recommended that no team should be demoted this season.
One of India's finest mid-fielders, Franco was a part of Indian football's golden era between 1960-64.
The AIFF said it will take a decision on the fate of the tournament at a later date. Earlier, the AIFF had said that the tournament would have to be held in May at the latest.
Indian women's team to play friendly matches against Uzbekistan, Belarus as preparation for AFC Asian Cup
The team has been camping in Goa since December and is preparing for the AFC Women's Asian Cup, which is set to be held in India in 2022.
The Indian men's team is set to play two international friendlies — against Oman on 25 March and the United Arab Emirates on 39 March in Dubai.
It was in November 2019 that the Blue Tigers last played at the international arena — in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Afghanistan (in Tajikistan) and Oman (in Muscat).
The FIFAe Nations Series is the world body's flagship tournament for the member associations and is contested by eNational teams using the EA Sports FIFA 21 game.
On the other hand, Indian Arrows would look for another positive result when they face a struggling Chennai City.
AIFF approaches Supreme Court seeking extension of executive committee's tenure until finalisation of new constitution
The Supreme Court in a 2017 order had appointed a Committee of Administrators to formulate the constitution of the AIFF in consonance with the Sports Code.
The 11 participating teams will be required to enter a bio-secure bubble 14 days prior to their first match according to the schedule, which will be announced shortly.