What’s the buzz?
After the much speculated meeting with AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel, the representatives from I league clubs viz Quess East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Churchill Brothers, Aizawl FC, Gokulam Kerala FC and Minerva Punjab FC unitedly send a reply to him. The reply described the stand of I league clubs and their demands regarding the development of Indian football.
The Grave Details
I league clubs thanked Mr.Praful Patel for taking his time out to meet their representatives and responding to their issues. On July 3, both Praful Patel and I league club representatives met on Lalit Hotel to discuss the issues related to Indian football and a unified league structure. I league clubs cited some important demands in their reply letter. These are mentioned below
- I league committee shall negoatiate and and finalize the production house. 50% of the total cost of production to be borne by FSDL with the remaining 50% to be paid by AIFF.
- I League needs to be recognized as the National Football League of India.
- All I league matches should be streamed in HD Channels and minimum 8 camera set up is mandatory to telecast live matches.
- I league matched needs to be played in 5pm or 7pm.(the time is set to 2pm or 3pm for stadiums without floodlights)
- I league clubs will not give away their AFC Champions League spot in exchange of AFC Cup spot.
- A proper working group to be formed with the representatives of AIFF, FSDL, I League clubs and ISL clubs who would work to develope a proper framework for unified league.
- A I league Committee needs to be formed that will regulate all the issues related to I league matches.
- I league clubs urges for the development of a unified league because this will guarantee a minimum of 40-45 matches a year for top Indian player. In the present scenario a top level Indian player plays only 20-25 matches a year.
- A tri-partied agreement clearly outlining the way foreward must be signed by AIFF, FSDL and I league clubs for the upcoming three years.
- The furure roadmap of Indian football needs to be approved by AIFF Executive council.
- AIFF should highlight the crucial decision clearly in front of FSDL and all the stakeholders of Indian football clubs
After going through the above mentioned demands of I league clubs it seems that a proper unified league structure may not get developed immediately. AIFF’s executive council will meet on July 9 to discuss all the issues and finalize a proper action plan for the upcoming three years. Whether I league will get a AFC Champions League spot or had to be satisfied with AFC Cup quota is a question still needs to be answered and AIFF’s Executive council will do just that when they next meet again.