At the League Committee meeting of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) held at Dwarka, New Delhi it was decided that the number of participating teams in the I-League would be restricted to 10 in the 2018/19 season. Simultaneously, it was also decided that no corporate entry will be allowed for this edition.
"Only 10 teams will participate in I-League. No corporate entry this time. There is no space," said a top-ranking AIFF official.
The current system of relegation and promotion will continue where the bottom-placed team in the top-flight will drop down to the second-division, whereas the second-tier champions will be promoted to the I-League.
"The squad that Stephen (Constantine) selected had only two-three players from I-League. This will not make a big difference to the I-League clubs as only a handful will be participating in the Asian Cup. The better Indian players are all playing in the ISL. So we felt that the I-League can go on without any disturbance," he added.
The Indian head coach has urged the apex governing body of football in the country to adjourn the domestic leagues within the first week of December so that he can have the entire entourage at his disposal by December 10.
The former Rwanda coach meanwhile has already shifted his focus to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup to be held in the UAE.
"The tournament was very satisfactory. We needed to win the tournament but the vision is for the Asian Cup. It's the thing. I know how big and important it is for the country," Constantine stated after the Men in Blue got the better of Kenya by 2-0 in the Intercontinental Cup final.