The Indian club football calendar for the upcoming 2017/18 season is still unclear, but the I-League is set to undergo numerous changes depending on how it is played in the end.
One thing which is sure is that Bengaluru FC are no longer an I-League side after making the switch to the Indian Super League.
The other thing which is clear is that NEROCA FC as champions of the Second Division League are set to make their debut in the top tier I-League.
Speaking to I-League CEO Sunando Dhar, he informed me, “In the AIFF Executive Committee meeting held on 8th June at Mumbai it was decided to invite bids for new team(s) into I League.”
This was done thinking that up to three teams in Bengaluru FC, Mohun Bagan AC and East Bengal Club would leave the I-League for the Indian Super League. This means that the I-League could be welcoming new team(s) into its fold with Ozone FC Bengaluru besides clubs like from Thiruvananthapuram and Mallapuram, both in Kerala already showing an interest to join.
Meanwhile on rumours of financial problems of the DSK Group leading to the shutting down of the DSK Shivajians FC professional senior team, Sunando Dhar said, “We have not received any information/communication from DSK that they are shutting down.”
While speaking on if Mumbai FC had placed any request like Aizawl FC last season to stay in the I-League, Sunando Dhar said, “No official communication has been received from Mumbai FC on this.”
It will be interesting to see what happens with the I-League in the coming days and weeks as one thing is surely, changes are coming…