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AIFF-AFC roadmap: ISL replaces I-League as top division and more

The Indian Super League (ISL) as the top division of Indian football from the 2019-20 season, an expanded ISL season from 2021-22, promotion to the ISL for the I-League champions from the following season, and promotion and relegation in the ISL from 2024-25.

These are the highlights of the roadmap for Indian football that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) suggested to stakeholders of Indian football -- team owners of ISL and I-League clubs, and their...

ISL 2019-20: Can the nation's top division deliver?

If the Indian Super League (ISL) started life in 2014 as a bling-laden, well-heeled teenager, the 2019-20 season represents a chance to present a more sober, mature image, especially after its official elevation as India's top division in place of the I-League.

There will be two new teams, and lots more to play for in the early stages of the season. Here are four reasons why the 2019-20 season is going to be one worth keeping track of.

Greater value to the league stages

An elevation to the top of...

FIFA tells I-League clubs to work with AIFF; Bajaj threatens legal action

FIFA has urged Minerva Punjab and the other agitating I-League clubs to work closely with the All India Football Federation (AIFF), who they believe are "best placed" to resolve the "complex issues" facing Indian football. Minerva Punjab co-owner Ranjit Bajaj, the most vocal of the protesting I-League representatives, sent back an angry response shortly afterward, expressing his lack of faith in the federation and its president Praful Patel, referring to the latter as 'dishonest'.

Six I-League clubs,...

ISL vs I-League - AIFF's two-league conundrum

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) executive committee has recommended the elevation of the franchise-based Indian Super League (ISL) to the top division of Indian football, at the expense of the I-League. This decision, three years in the making, has reopened the debate over the right roadmap for Indian domestic football. 

Here's a look at the timeline of events (with the latest developments first):

October 14, 2019

At a meeting between all the stakeholders -- AFC, AIFF, FSDL, I-league...