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In regards to restructure the country's football, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has formed a task force and one of the decisions taken is to hold the Hero Indian Super League over a longer period.
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) December 19, 2016
The General Secretary of All India Football Federation (AIFF), Kushal Das confirmed that the Hero Indian super will be the main league in India, while the oldest league of Indian, I-League will remain as it is and only its name will change to League One. I-League Division 2 will be renamed as League Two.
And most importantly, all this three Leagues will start together right after the 2017 U-17 World Cup.
As the General Secretary of All India Football Federation (AIFF), Kushal Das said in an interview that,
"We are trying to restructure Indian football where the ISL will be longer, there will be league one and two next year, and next season everything will start after the U-17 World Cup, if everything works according to plan,"
"So we have a task force with representatives from AFC (Asian Football Confederation) and (world body) Fifa to guide us on this issue. It is definitely a complicated matter, there are legacy clubs who are around for long time,"
Kushal Das also admitted that some of the legacy clubs, who have been around for many years, would feel that they are unjustifiably taken out of the top league, but this is something they have to do for the sake of Indian football,
As Das stated,
"It is a difficult task, we are working on it. There would be a lot of pain and heartburns and rightly so. Some of the legacy clubs, who have been around for many years, would feel that they are unjustifiably taken out of the top league, but this is something we have to do for the sake of Indian football," he added.
And when Das has been asked about any specific deadline fixed for this,
Das added, "These instances are there in other countries also. We would like to try and finalise something by February-March,"
"The problem is there are certain aspects of ISL or top leagues which need to be followed. If you have seen the ISL the spectator attendance have been fantastic and again I know some of the clubs will object to that and some of the legacy clubs have not been able to create the fan base and that's a fact.”
"Hence, we are allowing them to participate in the next league, make a sustainable model for them, create a fan base and come up. For some time, there won't be any promotion, relegation, in due course it would be an open league, it wont be a close league and that is the idea,"