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ISL Promotion-Relegation: The new AIFF top brass has set the ball rolling for Promotion-Relegation. On Thursday, a FIFA and AFC delegation met with top…

ISL Promotion-Relegation: The new AIFF top brass has set the ball rolling for Promotion-Relegation. On Thursday, a FIFA and AFC delegation met with top officials from the AIFF, representatives from I-league and ISL clubs, and marketing partners. The discussion primarily focused on the AFC Road Map for Indian Football and the future of the two top division leagues in India. As per plans, the I-League clubs will have the opportunity to play in ISL through promotion from 2023-24 season. Follow ISL 2022-23 LIVE Updates with InsideSport.IN

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ISL Promotion-Relegation: I-League clubs set to get ISL Promotion-Relegation NOD from 2022-23 season, Final decision soon, Follow LIVE Updates

ISL Promotion-Relegation: I-League clubs set to get ISL Promotion-Relegation NOD from 2022-23 season, Final decision soon, Follow LIVE Updates
ISL Promotion-Relegation: I-League clubs set to get ISL Promotion-Relegation NOD from 2022-23 season, Final decision soon, Follow LIVE Updates

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ISL Promotion-Relegation: I-League clubs set to get ISL Promotion-Relegation NOD from 2023-24 season, Final decision soon, Follow ISL 2022-23 LIVE Updates

Who was part of the delegation?

  • Nodar Akhalkatsi, Director Strategic Projects & MA Governance, FIFA
  • Sarah Solemale, Senior MA Governance Service Manager, FIFA
  • Alessandro Gramagila, Strategic Development Manager, FIFA
  • Sonam Jigmi, Senior Manager, South Asia, MA Division, AFC.

Although no concrete decision was taken regarding the promotion of the I-League. The delegates assured the stakeholders of the clubs that an official word with all the information regarding regulation and criterion would be shared with them as soon as possible. It is likely that the clubs will get a complete understanding before the start of the I-league 2022-23 season.

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However, the committee tends on implementing the roadmap as decided. They had previously met with representatives from state football associations and the SAI as well as speaking on the facilities and resources for the development of Indian football.

ISL Promotion-Relegation: What does the Roadmap say?

  • According to the Roadmap, the promotion-relegation procedure will start with the 2022-23 season, which is the current season.
  • The I-League 2022-23 champion will be promoted to the ISL and perform in the 2023-24 season, but they will not receive a proportion of the central revenue distributed to other franchises.
  • The winning ISL team will also represent their country in the AFC Champions League playoffs, while the I-League champions will compete in the AFC Cup playoff.
  • At the same time, relegation would not be fully implemented until the 2024-25 season began.
  • That will be the first season in which the concept of two parallel leagues will be discontinued.

Mr Nodar Akhalkatsi said: “Our main objective is to focus on the strategic roadmap that needs to be done by the end of this year. We have gathered all the information and recommendations from various stakeholders and will analyse all the facts given to us to come to a conclusion. Our main reason to come here was to start the process of the development of the strategic road map.”

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“It is going to be a complex, yet comprehensive one. We know it is a long process with several milestones to be achieved. Our main area of focus is the professional sector in Indian Football which needs to be fulfilled. We also having a deep look at grassroots development which we want to evaluate.” he added.

Mr Akhalkatsi further said: “FIFA will support AIFF in the process ahead and we have observed there is willingness and readiness on both sides which is of utmost importance. We want to work together with all the contributions of the stakeholders involved.”

The AIFF Secretary General Dr Shaji Prabhakaran said: “There are lot of opportunities laced with challenges ahead but we are working together with FIFA, AFC, our domestic partners, the stakeholders and the Government of India to build a road map which will serve for the betterment of Indian Football. Once the roadmap is ready, it will reflect on our work. We want something on the pitch, which includes realistic goals and achievable objectives. We are collaborating with institutions as well as individuals, who can help us for the overall growth. Success will be defined when we work together. I believe in thinking out of the box and if there is a will there is always a way.”

ISL Promotion-Relegation: I-League clubs set to get ISL Promotion-Relegation NOD from 2022-23 season, Final decision soon, Follow LIVE Updates

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ISL Promotion-Relegation: I-League clubs set to get ISL Promotion-Relegation NOD from 2023-24 season, Final decision soon, Follow ISL 2022-23 LIVE Updates
ISL Promotion-Relegation: I-League clubs set to get ISL Promotion-Relegation NOD from 2022-23 season, Final decision soon, Follow LIVE Updates

Previously, President Kalyan Chaubey had stated that he would nee to weigh the pros and the cons of the promotion of the I-League to ISL. He also made certain reforms that garnered a lot of interest. He increased the number of foreigners in I-League to six. The 2nd division league teams will have to play with a complete Indian squad.

He also advised the teams from I-league and ISL to send their reserve squad to compete in the second division league along with the 15 teams that are already there. While this questioned the intention of implementing the previously announced roadmap, the FIFA and AFC delegates have given a positive head to it. As per the existing roadmap, I-League winner will be promoted to ISL and last-placed team in the ISL will be relegated to I-League.

ISL Promotion-Relegation: I-League clubs set to get ISL Promotion-Relegation NOD from 2022-23 season, Final decision soon, Follow LIVE Updates

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