India's hottest football competition, the Indian Super League, starts 12 October.
The launch of the newly-proposed IPL-style football tournament, Indian Super League, has been postponed to September 2014. This was confirmed through a joint statement by the AIFF, their commercial and marketing partners IMG-Reliance and the official broadcasters of the tournament, Star India.
The Indian Super League was initially scheduled to start from January 18 2014 and continue until March with the I-League also having a break during that period. But following a meeting in Mumbai on Sunday the start of the tournament was pushed back and now a new window for the competition has been decided.
Indian football fans experienced something similar when the proposed Premier League Soccer in Bengal was eventually cancelled although the player and coach auctions were already completed.
The joint statement read, “Keeping in view of the various key factors, including scheduling conflicts with the I-League and non-availability of stadium in Goa due to delay in Lusofonia Games – the committee has unanimously decided to launch the Indian Super League on a permanent window of September to November starting from year 2014.”
However the organisers of the Indian Super League remain confident that the eight franchises will be finalised in this calendar year as they believe the postponement will give potential bidders additional time to get everything ready at their end.
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