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2015-09-09     03:32:28pm

The poor and older cousin of ISL will continue to be Indias Premier football competition.
AIFF on Thursday  maintained that I-league, the poor and older cousin of  ISL will continue to be the mainstay in Indian football.

With the launch of Indian Super League, which has been in the limelight since its drafting days, speculation was there whether the current major football competition, I-league, will loose its existence and relevance in Indian football.
Speaking on the occasion of ISL launch, AIFF President, Patel said,“Theres a lot of excitement as we embark on a new adventure…
“This is the first tournament of this nature approved by FIFA  anywhere in the world.
“I-League is there and will continue to be the mainstay of Indian football but this (ISL) is a unique product. I-League will remain our priority.”

He also mentioned that, “The AIFF is very committed to promote football with the Under-17 World Cup upon us. We also have bid to host the Club World Cup in 2017 and 2018.”

Nita Ambani, Chairperson and founding member of Football Sports Development, said  “Its a momentous day for us as we set ourselves in building a grand coalition among all stakeholders to develop football in the country and take it to its deserving space in the Indian sports. ISL hope to act as a foundation in creating an Eco-system to nurture talent and make our own national football heroes, through its ambitious grassroots development programme.”