AIFF receives three bid documents for new I-League clubs

Delhi: The Indian FA is on course to add new clubs to the I-League roster for next season and has received proposals from potential suitors.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has received three bid documents from suitors who wish to register themselves as prospective clubs for the I-League season of 2013-14. The documents , from the JSW group, a consortium from Kerala and the Mumbai Tigers, were submitted to the Football House in Dwarka on Wednesday.

JSW are expected to be based at Bangalore while the Mumbai Tigers and Kerala consortium are to be centred around Mumbai and Kochi respectively. The documents would be scrutinized by a Bid Evaluation Committee which would convene on May 21st, 2013.

I-League CEO Sunando Dhar felt that the development was a significant one in terms of infrastructure and youth development in the country.

‘The reason to induct new Corporate Teams into I-League was not only to spread the I-League to new venues but also to address the infrastructure and Youth Development issues plaguing Indian Football. We are confident that we would be able to handle these issues through the new Teams,’ he said.

‘Right from Day One when we conducted the Open House Meeting at Football House, we were confident of receiving a positive response. We thank all for their support and cooperation,’ Dhar added.