New Delhi: The prestigious Federation Cup could be the first casualty of the All India Football Federation (AIFF)’s decision to allot the franchise-based Indian Super League (ISL) an exclusive 10-week slot from September this year.
According to sources, there is a possibility the Federation Cup would not be played this season for lack of time. Federation Cup iwinners qualify for AFC Cup, along with the I League champions. This time, if the Federation Cup is not held, the winners and runners-up of the I-League will play in the AFC Cup.
“We may have to drop the idea of hosting the Federation Cup this time,” a senior official told The Telegraph. “Since the AIFF has agreed not to hold any major tournament during the ISL, nothing can be conducted between September and November. The I League will begin almost immediately. There will be no scope of holding the Federation Cup.”
Though the AIFF executive committee would try to fit in the Federation Cup in the 2014-15 season during its meeting on Wednesday, the insiders feel it could be a tricky issue. Federation Cup is generally played as a season opener in September, a slot that has been granted to ISL.