I-League chief executive Sunando Dhar revealed on Monday that they are holding talks about a potential merger with Indian Super League (ISL) in a couple of years.
The idea of establishing a new top tier league was raised after the All India Football Federation (AIFF) finds itself in a tug-of-war for attention between the two tournaments, with ISL backed by big corporates and I-League besieged by many negative aspects.
“We have proposed to merge the traditional I-League and Indian Super League and conduct one league instead of two,” Sunando Dhar told reporters.
“In fact, we are in negotiation with stakeholders including ISL franchisees on the issue.”
However, Dhar also said the plan may take two to three years time to materialise and hinted that 14 to 16 teams may take part in the league following the merger.
“The objective is to improve the standard of the league and merger of the two leagues would engage participating teams for six to eight months a year,” he added.