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One of the topics at the Indian Football convention from Feb 14-15 will be the steps and plans behind taking football to masses...

The second session at FICCI's GOAL 2013 conference to be held at the Federation House, New Delhi from February 13-15, 2013 will focus on taking football to the masses. The Panel discussion in this session is aptly titled 'Reconceptualizing of Indian League system: Club v/s City Franchisee' and will be chaired by Mr. Arunava Chaudhury, Football Commentator.

Delving into details of the discussion the panel will examine the future of the pre-existing football clubs in India, each with a rich history of their own. This is especially after the success of Indian Premier League (IPL) in the cricketing scenario which has shown that the majority of Indians like city based league system. The panelists will debate whether Indian football should follow the MLS/IPL model or the club based/EPL,La Liga model. The session will thus focus on ways of popularising the game.

Confirmed panelists for the session includes

  •    Mr. Nandan Piramal, Chairman of Pune FC

  •       Mr. Sunando Dhar,  CEO, I-League , AIFF

  •       Mr. Atul Pande, CEO, Ten Sports

  •       Mr. Yajurvindra Singh Bilkha, Head Corporate Events and Sports, Tata Consultancy Services
  •    Mr. Shirish Kulkari, Chairman of DSK Shivajians

Sunando Dhar revealed plans of the I-League's future

Sunando Dhar, the CEO of the I-League already detailed AIFF's plans on utilizing the franchisee model of operations as he said, "The AIFF is already roping in two franchisees for the I-League this season. We shall decide on the investors (new teams) before the season comes to an end."

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