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The Indian FA are to do away with the home and away leg format for the top division league starting next season…

In a bid to reduce to costs, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) are to bifurcate the I-League into an eastern and western conference starting the 2013-14 season.

The eastern conference shall comprise of teams from the east and north-east, the western conference would include clubs from Maharashtra and Goa primarily.

Goal had earlier revealed that the objective behind this move was to channelize the available funds into development activities such as grassroots and youth development and not in travelling of the teams.

Four teams from each conference would thereby qualify for the final round while the rest would battle to save themselves from relegation, is what the mooted plan suggests.

Meanwhile another major decision expected from the Emergency Committee meeting of the AIFF today is of the future of Pailan Arrows. The wages of close to three months haven’t been cleared by the sponsors which only suggests that all is not well in the project initiated by the AIFF for developing the young players in the country.


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