The fixtures committee had originally planned the gap in the league to accommodate the ISL, but were forced to redraw fixtures after its postponement...The All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) fixtures committee were forced to redraw the I-League fixtures after the adjournment of the Indian Super League (ISL), the brainchild of the AIFF’s marketing and commercial partners, IMG-Reliance.
As per the original documentation, the league would go on a three-month lay-off to accommodate the activities of the ISL, from January to March, 2014. However, the reneging of the ISL has now forced the league fixtures committee to remap and conclude the first phase of the I-League by December 22, after round 16. The league will resume on February 15th.
The league had planned to end by December 27th, after round 17 but the clubs pressed and pleaded for more time to prepare for the Federation Cup, which begins on New Year’s Day and runs up to January 12th. The revised fixture list is expected to hit the calendar in a few days.
I-League CEO Sunando Dhar also affirmed the league’s conclusion would be scheduled around the end of April, sources indicating that 20th April is the likely date under the revised fixture list.
Another remarkable correction to the tournament landscape in India, is that the next edition of the Indian Football Association’s (IFA) Shield would be held in the aperture between the Federation’s Cup and the resumption of the I-League.
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