In response to the roadmap authorized in 2019 with the involvement of Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) and agreed to by the stakeholders, the I-League champion staff of this season (2022-23) in addition to that of subsequent yr (2023-24) was to get direct slot within the corresponding subsequent season of top-tier ISL.
The promotion and relegation system was to kick within the ISL from 2024-25 season onwards.
All India Soccer Federation Secretary Normal Shaji Prabhakaran mentioned in a press convention right here that its authorized staff is wanting into the I-League rules and can take a choice on the difficulty in a number of days.
“We’ll come again as soon as the rules (of I-League on the difficulty) are finalised. Our authorized staff is engaged on it and in a number of days time, we will probably be taking a name on the matter,” he mentioned.
Requested what are the rules he was referring to, Prabhakaran mentioned, “Each competitors has rules. It’s an exhaustive doc which gives all of the obligations, obligations, governance, construction, monetary obligations and so on.
“That work, we began after we get the broadcasters. There have been additionally some technical facets which had been taking a while (to resolve).”
The I-League, which begins on November 12, will probably be telecast dwell by two channels — Eurosport and DD Sports activities — and will probably be live-streamed on the Discovery Plus OTT platform.
“There are some lacunae within the rules (in regards to the I-League). We’ve to kind it out first,” Prabhakaran mentioned later.
When reminded that the AFC was additionally concerned in framing the highway map which envisaged upcoming I-League season winners getting direct entry within the ISL subsequent yr, he mentioned, “We’ve to inform the AFC the problems that are there within the I-League rules framed earlier than we took cost.”
Requested if it was a case of paucity of time to take determination as the brand new workplace bearers had been elected simply two months again, Prabhakaran mentioned, “The rules of the league are exhaustive and there are such a lot of facets.
“Our authorized staff began work solely this month. They (authorized staff) are working of drafting and finalising it. We’re assured that we are going to announce a choice is a number of days.”
He mentioned the I-League committee has determined that every one the selections regarding subsequent season will probably be taken on the finish of this season in order that the golf equipment could have sufficient time for preparation and planning.
“This season goes to be a much better one for I-League groups as a result of it has by no means occurred that two channels are broadcasting the matches. High quality broadcasting, high quality manufacturing will probably be there.”
Prabhakaran mentioned the AIFF has been working with its advertising companion and ISL organisers FSDL, which has helped it in getting the 2 broadcasters.
“There’s appreciable funding coming from our advertising companion. They’ve helped in getting the broadcasters and we’re working as a staff.”
AIFF Deputy Secretary Normal Sunando Dhar was joyful that the followers will return to the stadia after two years within the I-League. As a result of Covid-19 pandemic, the I-League matches had been performed behind shut doorways for the later a part of the 2019-20 and the entire of 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.
“Taking part in underneath the bio-bubble was most troublesome particularly for the gamers within the final two years. It’s good to have followers this season,” he mentioned.