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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 leading up to this situation:

December 9, 2010

The AIFF announce the signing up of International Management Group-Reliance...

Lack of clarity continues as ISL, I-League preseason begins with Durand Cup

As East Bengal kicked off their centenary celebrations on August 1 and crosstown rivals Mohun Bagan began their Durand Cup campaign with a win a day later, a bigger story in Indian football is currently flying under the radar. It's that of the lack of clarity on how the upcoming 2019-20 season will pan out, now that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) have announced their intention to elevate the Indian Super League (ISL) to top-division status at the expense of the I-League.

ESPN seeks to...

Praful Patel hints at unified league after three-year transition period

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel on Monday said that the Indian Super League (ISL) will have to introduce promotion and relegation at some point as per AFC regulations, and hinted at a possible merger of the ISL and the I-League following a three-year transition period.

"AFC (Asian Football Confederation) won't accept a closed league for long. It is the reason why I have proposed a three-year status quo for both leagues to run simultaneously despite AFC not willing...

AIFF seeks AFC Champions League spot for ISL

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Tuesday recommended that the coveted AFC Champions League slot be granted to the winners of the Indian Super League (ISL), effectively elevating the ISL to the top division from the 2019-20 season at the expense of the I-League.

The recommendation might mean that India's AFC Cup slot now goes to the I-League winners. The AIFF has also asked AFC to send a high-level delegation to help create a suitable roadmap for Indian football, in discussion...