India announce plan to merge I-League and Super League, bid for U-20 World Cup

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  Mumbai City FC Manager Peter Reid, General Secretary All India Football Federation Kushal Das, Ficci Director of Sport Rajpal Singh and CEO of Northeast United FC Rahul Patil are interviewed by Managing Director of Libero Sports India Sukhvinder Singh during day three of the Soccerex - Manchester Convention at Manchester Central on September 7, 2015 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

The All Football Federation (AIFF) intends to merge the with the country’s established in the next two to three years.

The AIFF general secretary, Kushal Das insisted he expects the country’s two leagues to merge into a single competition and stressed out the benefits of the plan.

“At some point we have to have one league, which will be profitable, which will be economically sustainable,” he told the Soccerex convention in Manchester, England on Monday.

“We are working on it. We are talking to all the stakeholders. It will take some time. It is difficult to clearly outline when that will happen. It will happen.”

The second edition of ISL will commence on October 3, following which the I-League will begin.

At the same time, Das also revealed that the AIFF will bid to hold a future FIFA on the wake of football popularity in India, following the success of ISL and holding the U-17 World Cup in 2017.

“Going forward we will be bidding for the U-20 World Cup, that is a natural progression,” he added.

The tournament has been awarded every two years since the first tournament in 1977 held in Tunisia and the 2017 edition will be in South Korea.