Inaugural Indian Super League start postponed

The inaugural season of the Indian Super League, the proposed IMG-Reliance football tournament, has postponed its start by eight months.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF), its commercial partners IMG-Reliance and broadcasters Star India had a meeting yesterday to discuss the scheduling of the event when the decision was made.

A statement from IMG-Reliance read: “Keeping in view the various factors such as scheduling, conflict with the [AIFF’s football] I-League window, non-availability of a stadium in Goa due to the delay in the Lusofonia Games and more, the AIFF and the IMG-R-Star JV unanimously decided to shift the launch of the Indian Super League to September, 2014.”

As opposed to the initial schedule of the tournament taking place from January to March next year, it'll now be played between September and November. The allocation of franchises through tender will take place as previously scheduled before the end of 2013.