AIFF consider to change ISL format from 2021
by Shubham Sharma
New Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is considering to remove the playoff games altogether in the Indian Super League (ISL) to decide the champions of the league.
After receiving an initial suggestion from the Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), the apex governing body of football in the country is now seriously reviewing the way league winners should be decided in the elite Indian top tier.
The suggestion initially came in from the FSDL in order to do away from the possibility of any sort of questioning over the league winners being decided by playoffs by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), which might put the Confederation into a state of doubt over awarding the winners of ISL a spot in the AFC Asian Champions League qualifiers.
As already reported, the Federation is looking to allow the winners of the ISL to earn a spot to the Champions League, a spot which was being held by the winners of the I-league.
The Federation after an executive committee meeting took the decision of requesting the AFC to change the system from 2021.
The FSDL had earlier though suggested to allow the AFC Champions League spot to the league winners but retain the playoffs as well.