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I-League season hangs in balance as AIFF waits, watches through coronavirus delays

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is likely to take a decision on the future of the ongoing I-League season in the first week of April, following consultations with the clubs. Some of the teams are unwilling to play out the remaining 41 games, with Mohun Bagan already crowned champions and having effectively taken the AFC slot on offer.

All of AIFF's tournaments were suspended in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, initially till March 31, though India has since gone into a countrywide...

I-League Power Rankings: Jose Barreto-like Baba Diawara top of the table

Mohun Bagan clinched their second I-League crown with a 1-0 win against Aizawl FC and NEROCA played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at home against Chennai City before the All India Football Federation suspended all league matches until March 31 -- thus deferring the Kolkata derby scheduled for March 15 as well.

This delay gives ESPN the chance to publish this month's power rankings early -- for the 12 matches that featured all 11 clubs in action. TRAU and Bagan were two of three clubs to have played three...

I-League 2019-20: Which team has the edge?

The 2019-20 I-League season will kick off on Saturday, with Aizawl taking on Mohun Bagan. Who are the favourites for a title challenge this year? Who is most likely to get relegated? Here is ESPN's primer on all the 11 clubs. 

Chennai City

The Good

The champions have done well to keep hold of star striker, and last year's golden boot winner, Pedro Manzi. They've a lost a few of their regulars, including defenders Edwin Vanspaul and Gaurav Bora, but they've made their name by unearthing hidden...

Eight clubs 'seek answers' from AIFF on future of I-League

Of the eight clubs, Real Kashmir and Chennai City (pictured), as well as East Bengal are in contention for the I-League title.
Of the eight clubs, Real Kashmir and Chennai City (pictured), as well as East Bengal are in contention for the I-League title.

Even as the I-League season heads towards a close finish -- with three teams still in contention for the 2018-19 title -- eight of 11 clubs have written to All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel requesting a meeting on February 20 to "seek answers" regarding the league's future.

The letter -- bearing the names of top office-bearers of Aizawl FC, Chennai City, Churchill Brothers, Gokulam Kerala, reigning champions Minerva Punjab, Mohun Bagan, NEROCA and East Bengal -- says...

I-League predictions: Mohun Bagan to pip East Bengal; difficult season for Aizawl

The I-League, still India's top club competition and qualifier for the AFC Champions League slot in early 2020, begins on October 26 with Chennai City FC hosting Indian Arrows.

The highlights of this season include a debut for the first team from Jammu and Kashmir in India's top-flight, the abolition of the mandatory Asian player quota, and a field of 11 teams that will include Churchill Brothers, who had their relegation overturned. Impressive individual performances will also keep India coach...