THE AIFF AND IMG-RELIANCE HAVE FOUND a roundabout way to get ISL teams an entry into Asian competitions, and it involves killing off the Federation Cup.
According to a report published in Times of India, AIFF could not get AFC to recognize the IMG-R operated private tournament ISL as a legitimate league, and had to propose a Super Cup to replace the ongoing Federation Cup as the country's premier knockout cup tournament.
The Super Cup, which is expected to feature four teams each from ISL and I-League, will see its winner take part in the AFC Cup qualifiers.
Under this proposed plan, I-League will remain the top division league and its winner will get to play the AFC Champions League qualfiers and if they don't make it to the ACL group stage, they will get a direct entry to AFC Cup.
AIFF is reportedly trying to get AFC to give India a third spot in the Asian competitions. The full picture will only be clear by 24th May when AFC gives its final verdict on the Indian football roadmap, including whether ISL and I-League will be allowed to run simultaneously.