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I-League clubs agree to simultaneous running of ISL

IANS logoIANS 29-06-2017

In a meeting held here, the clubs also called for a task force to be set up to review the I-League on a regular basis.

The meeting was attended by All India Football Federation (AIFF) League Committee Chairman Subrata Dutta, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das and I-League CEO Sunando Dhar.

The clubs also stated that the travel subsidy needs to be increased and that AIFF should also allocate a budget for the promotion of the I-League.

The clubs also called for permission to register eight foreign players of whom two should be of Asian origin, and to play a maximum of five foreign players on the field, one of whom should be of Asian origin.

Dutta, who chaired the meeting, said all the recommendations of the I-League Clubs will be placed before the League Committee whose meeting is scheduled on July 5.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Wednesday gave its go-ahead to the AIFF proposal to run the two leagues simultaneously, and also to recognise the ISL, a requirement the franchise-based competition didn't have in its first three editions.

For the next season, the I-League champions will play the 2019 Asian Champions League qualifiers.

The winners of the 10-team ISL that will run for five months beginning November will get an AFC Cup qualifying slot.

Till 2016-17, it was given to the winners of the Federation Cup.

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