12 I-League Club owners had a meeting in Mumbai on Saturday to form the Indian Professional Football Clubs Association (IPFCA), under the Society Registration Act 1860, funded by members of the club.
The motive is to promote the I-League and popularise football in India.
Other important issues discussed were revenue sharing of AIFF and IMG-Relaince.
Nandan Piramal of Pune FC said that, “We have invested a lot of money into running the club. But what we get back as subsidy or travel/food allowances is hardly anything. We want to make I-League a profitable business model and for that it needs to be made a separate legal entity. If the AIFF wants the club to follow the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) guidelines, then they should first make club owners the stakeholders and share revenue with them”.
Piramal also explained that, “There is no revenue model currently and we all spend around Rs 15 crore individually (Rs 150 crore combined). Assuming we get Rs 50 lakh each through travel subsidy, food allowance and stay, all we get is Rs 7 crore combined. How long can we sustain our clubs, that’s the concern.”
“We have been promised by AIFF-IMG Reliance that we would be given a road map on April 20. Let’s see what comes out of it”, he said.
He also added, “We want a separate legal entity for I-League which should be independent of the Federation Cup, Santosh Trophy and national team.”
Kingfisher East Bengal, McDowells Mohun Bagan, Prayag United SC, Salgaocar SC, Dempo SC, Sporting Clube de Goa, Chirag United Kerala, Mumbai FC, Air India SC, Shillong Lajong FC and Pune FC were present during the meeting.
Churchill Brothers club representatives were not able to attend the meeting but they extended their support to the decisions and the formation of the IPFCA. Pailan Arrows and HAL, however, did not attend the meeting in Mumbai.