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ISL 2016: The razzmatazz edition III

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Three years ago when it started, the Indian Super League was hailed as a new era in Indian football. Big money, attractive matches, league based format and international players. Now we reach the supposed end of ISL, as the AIFF and Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) have decided to end the three-month long tournament to play out a more traditional format of the game.

ISL has become the world’s fourth most attended league for football with marquee names such as Diego Forlan, Florent Malouda etc. taking part in the tournament.

Seeing the huge support generated by ISL, the All-India Football Federation (AIFF) has now suggested a domestic football structure wherein the ISL will become a longer league and have more teams in the coming years. Their idea, revealed in May, suggests dropping the official league of the country, the I-League, to a secondary status, and currently has no provision for promotion and relegation.

The first match of ISL Season 3 pits hosts NorthEast United FC with Kerala Blasters at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati. Last season, the northeasters narrowly missed the bus by coming fifth, Kerala Blasters, runner-up of the inaugural edition in 2014, finished with the wooden spoon in the eight-team franchise-based league.


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