We have seen a cold war between ISL and I-League and fans got divided in the process. Now here is a chance for every Indian Football fan to experience something special. AIFF has decided to conduct Indian Super Cup, knockout tournament which will have both ISL and I-league teams facing each other for the inaugural title.
The inaugural edition of the Super Cup will be played at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar, starting March 15. All the 20 Indian clubs playing in the ISL and I-League will participate in the Super Cup. Final will be held on 25th April 2018 as off now.
Clubs positioned between 7th and 10th places in the I-League and ISL will play a single leg qualifier to earn a spot in in the final phase of the tournament. The winners of the 4 qualifier matches will join the top 6 ISL and I-League clubs in the final phase of the tournament. So, 16 teams will play in the main draw of Indian Super Cup.
AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said: “We are very pleased that the Government of Odisha is supporting the tournament which helped us in finalising Bhubaneswar as the venue.” “I was delighted to see the response in Jamshedpur for the ISL matches and I believe it has become a significant venue in the Hindi heartland,” he added. “I feel this is an opportunity for us to establish Bhubaneswar as a new football hub.
The draw for the qualifiers for the Super Cup is as follows:
March 15, 2018:
Delhi Dynamos FC vs Churchill Brothers (5pm)
North East United FC vs Gokulam Kerala FC (8pm)
March 16, 2018:
Mumbai City FC vs Indian Arrows (5pm)
ATK vs Chennai City FC (8pm)
This year, Bengaluru FC became first I-league team to move to ISL and they have been sensational throughout the tournament so far.
We can say that this is one step in the right direction to merge the traditional Indian Football with the new one. Some healthy competition between the teams will surely create a positive impact.