AIFF invites bids for new I-League clubs: Details here
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has invited bids for new clubs who would take part in the I-League from 2020-21. According to an AIFF media release, bids have been invited from non I-League cities like New Delhi, Ranchi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bhopal, Lucknow and Ahmedabad. Earlier, Mohun Bagan emerged victorious in the 2019-20 season. Here's further details on the same.
The number of clubs set to participate in the 2020-21 season of the I-League is set to see an increase after the AIFF invited bids from perspective owners. 11 clubs, including AIFF's developmental outfit Indian Arrows, took part in the 2019-20 season of the I-League. Champions Mohun Bagan have merged with ATK and will play in the ISL next season.
As per reports, prospective owners will be able to purchase the invitation to tender from the Football House in Delhi between June 10 and June 20 upon payment of Rs. 4 lakh. For the next two seasons, I-League winners are guaranteed a spot in the AFC Cup. The winning bidders will have a chance to compete in the continental competition, provided they emerge victorious.
"As per the invitation to tender, the entity that wins the bid will be granted the right to own and operate a new football club from 2020 onwards. The aforementioned club will have the opportunity (if applicable, and subject to qualification) to also compete in the AFC club competitions," the release said.
Earlier, the AIFF ratified its league committee's recommendations to cancel the remaining 28 matches of the I-league. This came in view of the coronavirus-forced lockdown and suspension of all sport. I-League leaders Bagan were officially declared as champions. There was no relegation in the 2019-20 season. The prize money (apart from the champion's prize money) was equally divided among the remaining 10 participating clubs.
Goal had earlier reported that Delhi-based Sudeva Football Club are one of the front-runners to submit the bid. "Yes, we are interested in playing the I-League. If the AIFF invites bids, we are looking to submit our case," Sudeva FC owner Anuj Gupta said.