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The I-League CEO also revealed that the Executive Committee has also allowed six I-League (first and second division) teams from the same city or state for this year...

The AIFF has decided to release the I-League fixture this month, after an Executive Committee meeting on Thursday. 

"We are sending draft schedule to all the clubs in a few days and we will finalise the fixture this month itself as the league is tentatively scheduled for the September 21 start," I-League Chief Executive Officer Sunando Dhar said.

He also said that the home-and-away format of the I-League will continue this season but they will take a decision later for subsequent editions.

The Executive Committee also allowed six I-League (first and second division) teams from the same city or state for this year.

"But next year onwards, only five will be allowed," Dhar said.

Regarding the I-League second division, the I-League CEO said the registration fee has been reduced from earlier Rs 5 lakh to Rs 3.5 lakhs while also deciding to give a subsidy of Rs 6 crore to the 15 teams for the preliminary round.

"We wanted to give each team Rs 40 lakh subsidy but the North Eastern teams said their travel expenditure is more and so they should get more money. We have decided to give Rs 6 crore subsidy and the clubs will decide among themselves how to distribute this amount," he said.

"The preliminary round of I-League second division will be held in November while the final round will be in February-March. From this season onwards, the second division I-League sides will have to fulfil the Indian club licensing criteria and there will be inspection of the clubs in September," Dhar added.

The I-League CEO also mentioned that each second division team can have four foreign players registered but only two will be allowed to play in a match.

"Each team can register four foreign players but only two will be allowed to play in a match. The clubs will also need to have five Under 23 players in the squad of 30, two in 18 and one in the final eleven," Dhar said.

He also revealed that former Pune FC coach and now at the helm of affairs with Salgaocar FC, Derrick Pereira has been adjudged best coach of 2012-13 season.

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