Subrata Dutta, Senior Vice President, All India Football Federation and Chairman, League Committee chaired the AIFF League Committee Meeting at the AIFF Football House in New Delhi today, February 11, 2020.
League Committee Deputy Chairman Lalnghinglova Hmar and members Souter Vaz, B.K. Roka, and Chirag Tanna were present.
Kushal Das, AIFF General Secretary; Sunando Dhar, CEO, Leagues; and Swati Kothari, GM (S&O) & International Relations, AIFF; were also present. Priti Srivastava from FSDL was present as an Observer. Abhishek Yadav, Director, National Teams was present as an invitee.
For the upcoming season of the I-League, the possibility of including corporate teams through a bidding process was discussed. It was also discussed to include corporate teams through a bidding process in the Second Division League.
A proposal to promote two teams from the Second Division League to the Hero I-League was also discussed. However, it was decided that a decision regarding the same shall be taken at the end of the season, keeping in view the requirements of teams in the I-League at the time.
The committee agreed to analyze the individual needs of the state leagues, I-League, ISL, Durand Cup, Super Cup and IFA Shield, and accordingly prepare the season’s football calendar and adjust the transfer window for players, if required.
The broadcast of the I-League was discussed, which has seen an improvement in production quality. The possibility of broadcasting more matches in the youth and Second Division Leagues was also discussed.
Mohammedan Sporting Club’s matches in the Second Division League will be broadcast on Kolkata TV. This arrangement is, however, been made by the club with permission from FSDL. Other teams in the competition are welcome to do the same as well and can seek permission.
The maximum number of players that can be registered by a club in the I-League will be reduced from 35 to 30, which includes having a minimum of five U-22 players. From the next season of the Hero Elite League, registration of foreign nationals based in India will be allowed, keeping it in line with the Hero Junior and Sub-Junior Leagues. Both, however, are subject to ratification from the AIFF Executive Committee.
The committee was apprised of the ongoings in the national level leagues – the I-League, Second Division League, Hero Elite League, Hero Junior League and Hero Sub-Junior League.
A brief report was presented on the development of the Indian Women’s League, Khelo India Girls Football League (U-17) and Golden Baby Leagues. A proposal from the Chairman to start a Second Division IWL was also discussed. It was decided that the League department shall make a plan regarding the restructuring of the women’s leagues.