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Franchise league postponed

New Delhi: The franchise-based Indian Super League (ISL) has been postponed by almost a month. According to All India Football Federation (AIFF) sources, the eight-team league will start on October 12 instead of September 18.

“The postponement of the ISL has created a big problem for the entire domestic calendar,” an AIFF official said. “Since the ISL would not end before December 20, both the Federation Cup and the I-League would also have to be postponed,” he added.

Originally, the Federation Cup was supposed to start in Goa on December 10, immediately after the ISL. The I-League was scheduled to start on January 3.

Kushal Das, the AIFF general secretary, has already written to all the five vice-presidents, requesting them to send their opinion on the issue.

The federation now plans to start the Federation Cup on December 28. The I-League is likely to start on January 17.

“There is every possibility that the I-League could be stretched beyond May, thus delaying the entire season. The clubs, too, would face problems.” an official said.