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Future of Fed Cup is tense

The Federation Cup to be played in Jammu & Kashmir in August this year could be the last edition of the knock-out tournament as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is seriously contemplating closing down the meet.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 2.04.15
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New Delhi: The Federation Cup to be played in Jammu & Kashmir in August this year could be the last edition of the knock-out tournament as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is seriously contemplating closing down the meet.

While the senior AIFF officials said the tournament has become redundant and too expensive, some felt it could be an attempt to create space in the jam-packed calendar.

Ever since an exclusive 90-day window has been created in the calendar for the Indian Super League (ISL), the AIFF has been struggling to accommodate other tournaments. The players' transfers issue has also become a problem.

"Several officials and clubs are in favour of stopping the Federation Cup," said a senior office bearer of the AIFF. "We have been spending close to Rs 3 crore for the 15-day tournament, which has become redundant," he added.

The official also said that opinion of the executive committee members has been sought on the subject and it could be discussed in the meeting later this month.

"In most of the countries, such fortnight long tournaments have been stopped. It serves no purpose. Till now, the Federation Cup winners, along with the I-League champions, played in the AFC Cup. If the Federation Cup in closed, then the champions and runners-up of I-League would play the AFC Cup," the official said.

A club official, however, said the game plan is to make things easy for the franchises in the ISL. "As per the calendar, the Federation Cup would be played first, followed by ISL and the I League. In that case, a player, who wants to play in all three, will have to take the transfer thrice," the official pointed out.

"A footballer, who has signed for a franchise, will have to go on loan to a club to play the I-League and return again for the ISL. Once the ISL is over, he has to take another transfer to play in the I-League. It is not permissible under the rules. Hence they are talking of doing away with the Federation Cup entirely," the official alleged.