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The All India Football Federation (AIFF), along with their marketing partners IMG-Reliance held a meeting with all the I-League clubs at the Football House in New Delhi, on Wednesday.

The meeting was headed by the chairman of the I-League and Federation Cup committee, Mr. A.R. Khaleel, and saw the presence of AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das, Senior Vice-President Mr. Subrata Dutta, Treasurer Mr. Hardev Jadeja and I-League CEO Mr. Sunando Dhar, as well as representatives from all I-League clubs (except Mohun Bagan).

As reported earlier, the I-League outfits raised their concerns against the east and west conferences for the coming season and the committee has allowed for the clubs to send their suggestions after which a decision can be taken jointly.

Among the other points that were discussed, the Committee informed the clubs about AFC’s criteria that all I-League sides would need to have a coach possessing a Pro-Licence Degree from 2017 onwards, and also that no Technical Director without an A-Licence degree would be allowed to sit on the team bench or enter the dressing room from I-League 2014-15 season onwards.

On the other hand, the clubs requested for the number of foreign recruits in the I-League 2nd division to be increased to two (from one) to bring it in line with the state leagues, while pleading for a year’s extension to the decision of having a 'marqee player' in their each I-League team from season 2015-16.

The AIFF thereby agreed to place the recommendations in the next Executive/Emergency Committee for a final decision, in which the inclusion of Pailan Arrows would be finalised, for which the date has not been confirmed yet.

Meanwhile, the Federation Cup draw was also made, with the top eight teams of I-League 2012-13 being placed in Pot 1 while the other I-League teams along with the two promoted teams, Rangdajied FC and Mohammedan Sporting, being placed in Pot 2. Team 15 and Team 16 (both of whom were also placed in Pot 2), would be announced later.

The draw for the Federation Cup, which would be played on an Home and Away basis is as follows (the dates are to be announced soon):

ROUND OF 16
Match 1: Prayag United vs Team 16 (Prayag play their Home-match first) Match 5: Mohammedan Sporting vs Dempo SC (Mohammedan Sporting play their Home-match first)
Match 2: Salgaocar SC vs Team 15 (Salgaocar play their Home-match first) Match 6: Mohun Bagan vs Pune FC (Mohun Bagan play their Home-match first)
Match 3: Sporting Clube de Goa vs Rangdajied FC (Sporting Clube de Goa play their Home-match first) Match 7: Mumbai Tigers vs East Bengal (Mumbai Tigers play their Home-match first)
Match 4: JSW vs Churchill Brothers (JSW play their Home-match first) Match 8: Shillong Lajong FC vs Mumbai FC (Shillong Lajong FC play their Home-match first)

QUARTER-FINALS
Quarterfinal 1: Winner of Match 1 vs Winner of Match 3 Quarterfinal 3: Winner Match 2 vs Winner Match 4
Quarterfinal 2: Winner of Match 5 vs Winner of Match 7 Quarterfinal 4: Winner Match 6 vs Winner Match 8

SEMI-FINALS
Semifinal 1: Winner of Quarterfinal 1 vs Winner of Quarterfinal 2 Semifinal 2: Winner of Quarterfinal 3 vs Winner of Quarterfinal 4

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