The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is planning to revamp the I-League with a format comparable to the North American Major League Soccer (MLS) from the 2012/13 season.
The plan was initiated by marketing partners IMG-Reliance and the AIFF will discuss the format change with the I-League clubs at a special meeting on Tuesday.
The format change would see a total of 16 teams competing for the I-League title. The teams would be divided into two zones called “Western Conference” and “Eastern Conference” with 8 clubs in each Conference. The two Conference Champions would face each other in the I-League final.
But one has to question the practicability of such a league in India. A change of the format would help the AIFF to cut down its expenses, but it would also create new problems! The current I-League has 14 teams and splitting the teams into two conferences might be a tricky issue. Nine clubs would be part of the Western Conference, while five clubs would make it to the Eastern Conference.
The special meeting on Tuesday could end in far-reaching decisions for Indian club football and we have to wait and see, where Indian club football will be heading to.
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