Amidst all the merger talks taking place nowadays regarding the fate of I-League teams, a positive news has broken out regarding the ISL. Indian football has undergone radical changes over the course of last three years or so. The ISL allowed Indian players, young and the experienced lot, to share the dressing room with players/coaches who have made their mark at the highest possible platform. To an extent, the knowledge void was bridged.

In a recent development The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) are all set to allow the winners of the Indian Super League (ISL) to participate in the AFC Cup qualifying play-off. This would mean that the ISL is no more a private tournament but a recognised league under the umbrella of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), AFC and FIFA. As promising as it sounds but still it’s a long way from getting to see teams from ISL compete against those in the AFC cup. India requested for a third spot in the AFC competition which was rejected by the continental body. The idea being that the winners of I-League and the Indian Super League (ISL) would get AFC Cup berths while the Super Cup champion will qualify for the Asian Champions League (ACL) play-off.
Meanwhile, the I-League would continue to see its winner participate in the Asian Champions League (ACL) play-off. The proposal to earn a third spot in the AFC competitions was reportedly rejected by the continental body. However, it was decided that the ISL winner must get a chance to compete in the AFC Cup play-off.

Do you think this step will benefit ISL and in turn Indian football?

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