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New league may begin in Sept.

New Delhi: The owners of at least four I League clubs are keen to be the part of the city based franchisee league, that faced stiff opposition from the association of the Indian clubs last year.

All these four clubs were the part of the Indian Professional Football Clubs Association (IPFCA), which, last year, decided to oppose the proposed new league, set to be run by the marketing partners of the AIFF. They also had refused to release players for the new league.

According to sources, the new league, which was postponed for a season last October, is now likely to be played from September.

The organisers are now planning to open the bid for franchisees next month and several I League clubs are lining up for franchisee rights. A total of eight franchisees would be chosen through open bidding.

“More than 25 companies, which include some prominent film personalities, have shown interest to own franchisees,” said a source. “There are some I League clubs owners also, but they do not want to make it public at the moment.”

Though no official confirmation was available, it was learned that two clubs owners from Goa and one from Maharashtra are set to bid for a franchisee. No Calcutta club, however, have shown interest.