​A two member team representing FIFA and AFC visited three clubs IN Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting yesterday as the clubs look to ensure that there is a single top league in India, in which they could participate.


FIFA’s Nic Coward and AFC’s Alex Phillips, accompanied by AIFF representatives Sunanda Dhar and Chirag Tanna took a tour of the clubs facilities to have a look at their infrastructure and if they possess the necessary requirements to be part of a competition like the Indian Super League (ISL).


Indian football's domestic giants East Bengal, who are staking a claim for a single league, are willing to join the ISL and are ready to pay a reasonable entry fee not an exorbitant franchisee fee which is expected by a club who want to join the league.


“We said we want one single league operating with 18 teams which will have promotion and relegation system. We also told them about the club’s legacy and our contribution to Indian football in the past 98 years", East Bengal's club official, Debabrata Sarkar said, as quoted by ​Goal.



“We clearly mentioned that there is no question of paying an exorbitant franchise fee. We can pay an entry fee provided it is reasonable", he added.


As per the rules of the ISL, if a club wants to join the league, they have to pay a hefty franchise fee to the organisers IMG-R, with the latest club being Bengaluru FC who joined the tournament this year after spending four seasons in the I-League.


The representatives will visit every top club in the country, post which they will file a draft report which is expected to be submitted to the AIFF by November.