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AIFF general secretary Kushal Das feels the main issue with Indian football is the league structure

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All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Das on Friday said that the main issue with Indian football is that there is no robust league structure in the country.

He also hopes that the ISL will have a longer season from next year as it is necessary to improve the standard of Indian football.

AIFF general secretary Kushal Das’ views on Indian Football

Kushal Das said, via ESPN: “There is no other option but to play continuously under a good coach for six to eight months in a year and play a certain minimum number of matches in a proper league structure, that is home and away, when you are playing for six-eight months, that is the structure which is missing.”

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“We are trying to put that structure in place, which is happening, we have now the ISL, of course the duration of ISL needs to be increased. Hopefully going forward next year, we would have a structure where football will be played for six-eight months and at all levels.”

“Not just the senior level, it has to be at the U13, U15, U18 boys and girls, and that is what we need to establish, hopefully it will happen.”

“Now, way back in the 1970s,” he said, “India used to beat Japan, in the 60s India beat South Korea to win the Asian Cup, but after that we lost. The reason is very simple; Japan started the league, their national league in the 1980s, and South Korea at the same time. India actually started a national league in 2007, which is the I-league, so we are 20 years behind.”

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Currently, there are three divisions in the Indian men’s football league system – Indian Super League, I-league and I-League 2nd Division and the women footballers only play in the Indian Women’s League (IWL).

However, from this year, the ISL Development League is going to take place which will help to nurture the young talents of the country.

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Rahul Roy
Rahul Roy
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