Eight clubs have joined hands to propose their vision for the domestic game going forward.
Khel Now has learned that eight I-League clubs have submitted a letter and proposal to the AIFF, regarding the future of Indian football. This comes after these clubs withdrew from the upcoming Super Cup. Now the clubs have reiterated their interest to play in the tournament, only if AIFF president Praful Patel meets them to discuss the proposal.
In the letter, the clubs have requested a meeting with the AIFF President
The clubs have also submitted a blueprint of the new unified league, stating their demands to the AIFF and once their needs are met they are rearing to play in the knockout tournament. The given letter was signed by Chennai City, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, NEROCA FC, Churchill Brothers, Gokulam Kerala, Minerva Punjab and Aizawl FC. All of them want a proper unified league for Indian football.
In the proposal, the clubs have demanded a lower franchise fee
The clubs have created their blueprint to setup the unified league, where they have stated their interest in a 20-team league with a proper relegation and promotion system. They have also chalked out the financial plans for the FSDL and want them to reduce the franchise fee in return. The clubs have also stated their interest in grassroots development and have planned some mandatory investment on youth academies.
It is certain that the I-League clubs want to feature in the Super Cup, but now the ball lies in the hands of the AIFF. It will be interesting to see whether the apex body and FSDL pay any heed to the proposed blueprint of the restructured league submitted by the I-League clubs.