For the first time after 17 seasons, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has proposed that I-League clubs share costs if the country’s biggest competition is to continue in the all-play-all home-and-away format.
At an emergency committee meeting on May 27, the AIFF had suggested that the league be split into eastern and western conferences to cut travel and accommodation costs.
The clubs wanted the original format to stay and so in Wednesday’s meeting at the Football House in Dwarka near New Delhi, the AIFF suggested they share the additional expense.
“If the league is split into eastern and western conferences, the cost for travel and accommodation would be a little over Rs 5 crore. If we stick to the old format, it would cost us around Rs 7.5 to Rs 8 crore. I
f the clubs agree to share this extra cost, we would have no problem in continuing with the original format,” an AIFF official told HT over the phone from New Delhi. The official requested anonymity because the issue is still under discussion.
The clubs’ recommendation will be put to the AIFF’s emergency committee which meets mid-July. All the clubs barring Mohun Bagan who have been banned from attending AIFF meetings for one year took part in Wednesday’s meeting.
I-League 7 will tentatively begin on September 20 with the Federation Cup, to run concurrently on a home-and-away knockout format from this season, in the first week of October.