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Das has also endorsed the roadmap for Indian football that will see decline and promotion among all leagues in the next five years.
The general secretary of the Indian Football Federation (AIFF), Kushal Das, believes that new clubs joining the I-League should have a sustainable model.
In the past, numerous clubs have closed or withdrew from the I-League, but clubs like Chennai City FC have invested in the league and performed well. Now, players like Sudeva Delhi and Sreenidhi are ready to make their mark in the I-League from the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons respectively.
“I think this is a scenario (club closure) not just in India but all over Asia. Clubs have to find a method to support themselves. We are always there to support them in terms of technical support and advice, but in Ultimately, the clubs will have to support themselves.
“I think some of the newer clubs (Sudeva and Sreenidhi) that are coming in, they have a pretty good sustainable model. They understand that while it’s important to get into the top league, they need to come in in a way that they can sustain themselves.” , he claimed.
With Mohun Bagan and East Bengal deciding to join the Indian Super League (ISL), Das endorsed the roadmap for Indian football that would allow an I-League club to rise to the top level on sporting merits for the 2023-24 season. previous. The 2025-26 season will also be open to clubs descending from the ISL.
“I think we have already given a very clear roadmap on how the I-League, ISL and the whole Indian structure fit into the whole scenario and everyone has accepted it.
“We have Mohammedan Sporting in Kolkata. We have a new team in Sudeva and in the future, we will have more teams from places like Vizag (Sreenidhi) etc. So I don’t think the I-League will lose in any way. We have a roadmap where the I-League clubs, in a few years from now (2023-24), will play in the ISL for sporting merits and from 2025-26 there will be promotion and relegation in all leagues. All the leagues will have relevance there. “
And although the I-League 2020-21 is scheduled to start on Saturday, Das mentioned that even if government regulations allow 50 percent attendance at outdoor sports, no risk can be taken while waiting for tournaments. youth and others to resume from next. season.
“Regardless of government regulations, we believe that the health of players and officials is of the utmost importance. Therefore, we are not in a position to take any risks. Therefore, even if the government allows us to have some audience, we can look forward to it, “he said.