Will this cash-rich football league change the sport in India?
With IMG-Reliance planning to move ahead with the IPL-style league, one of THT's Indian Football authors puts forward his opinions on the group's new endeavor.
THT's Guest Author Usnish Guha analyzes the IMG-Reliance groups proposal for a Football IPL. What will be the future of Indian Football and I-League?
Just when the fans were trying to catch their breath after a scintillating season of top flight Indian football, the AIFF threw the cat (and a fat one at that) among the pigeons in their bid to take Indian football to the next level. Owing to the massive “success” of the league past season, which saw jam packed stadiums, league reaching out to different states in India apart from usual suspects of Goa and Kolkata, clubs making money through path breaking sponsorship deals and merchandising contracts with leading sports brands around the world, AIFF chipped in with their own trick of the trade in a ‘urgently’ held meeting at Dwarka, New Delhi. Without a doubt, Indian football had a year to remember, after these changes were made public. If the goal of participating in the 2018 World Cup in Russia and beating Spain along the way wasn’t easy enough, the AIFF introduced a set of rules that it believes would redefine and exponentially increase the […]
Indian Football is at cross roads with neither AIFF nor IMG-Reliance looking good enough to solve long standing financial problems.
A slew of changes are expected in this year’s I-League as the AIFF and the participating clubs along with the marketing partners IMG Reliance have drawn up ambitious plans for the organization and conduct of this year’s League. TheHardTackle analyzes the situation.