Indian Football

AIFF call meeting to scrap I-League relegation for this season

Mudeet Arora
I-League relegation for this season could be scrapped
I-League relegation for this season could be scrapped / TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/Getty Images

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has reportedly called for a meeting on April 30 with all the respective stakeholders of the organisation.

AIFF's technical director Isac Doru is scheduled to make a presentation regarding 'non-relegation' in the meeting.

Sportstar report that Doru's presentation is reported to work on the idea of scrapping plans of relegation from the I-League just for the ongoing season because of the pandemic.

According to some sources, AIFF might need to alter the plans of their previously decided roadmap with the I-League and Indian Super League clubs as well as the AFC in order to introduce a relegation-promotion system in the league starting in the 2024-25 season.

AIFF's general secretary Kushal Das said in September, “From 2024-25 there will be promotion, relegation where the bottom-placed team (of the ISL) will be relegated to the second tier and the I-League winner will be promoted to ISL.”

Furthermore, it has already been confirmed that I-League winners of the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons will get a direct entry into the Indian Super League.

“I think they (the league and club owners) are not happy with the proposal (relegation), so they might be pulling the AIFF to take a decision that there will not be a relegation from the ISL,” a football official who didn't wish to disclose his identity told Sportstar.

The official concluded, “Nobody will want to buy a team if there is a danger of the club being relegated. If someone buys a club for Rs 200 crore and if there is a risk of relegation in the same year, who will pay such a huge amount."