Football in India is all set to get a much needed facelift ,with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and its marketing partner, International Image Group (IMG)’s announcement of an IPL-style franchise-based football league, similar to the Indian Premier League.
This was after AIFF general secretary Kushal Das announced that the AIFF is indeed planning to hold an IPL-style league but everything is at a very “preliminary stage”.
“Everything is at a discussion stage and nothing has been finalised as of now. But we do plan to hold an IPL style league,” Das said after his meeting with IMG officials.
Franchises will be invited for the league, and I League club owners can also take part in the process, with big names like Fabio Cannavaro, Hernan Crespo likely to play alongside top Indian players like Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpeklhua, and Syed Rahim Nabi.
The AIFF is planning to create a two-month window after the I-League finishes which will allow the top Indian players to participate in the league.