Indian Football News – Indian Super League Tier 1 – AIFF to change Tier 1
Earlier this month the AIFF(All India Football Federation), which is the governing body of football in India announced that they are going to make Indian Super League aka ISL, the tier 1 division in Indian Football. Everywhere in the world, Professional Football has levels or tiers. Tier 1 football is the highest level of football that is being played in the country. For example, La Liga in Spain, Bundesliga in Germany, the Premier League in England are all tier 1 leagues in the respective countries. In India, since 2007 the I-League was established as the main and most important football competition in the country. But, with a rise in popularity and sponsorship for the Indian Super League which started in 2013, the AIFF got in a dilemma as to which league to be made the tier 1 or primary division.
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Indian Football News – Indian Super League Tier 1 – Members of the I League to FIFA
After their decision of giving the newly formed ISL the primary status, the decision has made the I league fans and players angry and furious. As a result of this, 6 clubs that play in I-League such as Mohun Bagan, Minerva Punjab, Aizawal FC, and others have written to FIFA(footballs global body) asking for help in their fight for survival in Indian Football. The letter is signed by Ranjit Bajaj who is the owner of the Minerva Punjab. The letter tells how it is unfair to make ISL the primary league with the majority of the players being old with an average of above 30 years.
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They also made a point that ISL is primarily made for the sole purpose of profit just like the IPL, they also have no role in improving or uplifting the level of Indian football. The argument lies in whether a league built purely for a commercial purpose should be given the senior-most priority. ISL also has no international recognition or standing as compared to the I-League. AIFF president, Praful Patel assured that I-League clubs will have their future secured. But, this seems like a blatant lie as no measures have been taken since. The letter has also been sent to Narendra Modi briefing him about the crisis that looms over Indian Football.