AFC roadmap makes ISL India’s top league, recommends merger with I-League

Attendees at the AFC meeting in Kuala Lumpur to present a roadmap for the future of Indian club football, 14 October 2019. (Image credit: AFC)

The Asian Football Confederation has backed making the Indian Super League the country's top football league from 2019-20, and a process to merge the I-League into it by 2024-25.

The two competitions have vied for the position of India's top league since the Indian Super League was launched by sports marketing joint-venture IMG-Reliance in 2014. The I-League can trace its origins to 1996, when it began life as the National Football League before being rebranded in 2007.

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