NEW DELHI: All India Football Federation has issued an invite to accept bids for new clubs to join the Hero I-League from 2023-24 season onwards.
Under the Vision 2047 plan unfolded by the AIFF earlier this year, the federation plans to increase the number of teams in the Hero I-League in a triple-tier system in order to provide opportunities to aspiring clubs and/or investors from various socio-economic backdrops.
New Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Gurugram, Chennai, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, and Noida have been identified as the Tier 1 cities from where potential clubs could bid for a place in the Hero I-League. Tier 2 cities for the bids were identified as follows – Ranchi, Itanagar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Phagwara, Coimbatore, Manjeri, Thiruvananthapuram, Bhopal, and Shillong.
As per the invitation to tender, the entity that wins the bid will be granted the right to own and operate a new football club from 2023 onwards.
The invitation to tender can be acquired from the Football House in New Delhi or by emailing email@example.com between May 7th and May 22nd, 2023 upon payment of INR 5,00,000.00 (non-refundable and non-adjustable) by demand draft, pay order (both payable at New Delhi) favouring All India Football Federation, or by NEFT/RTGS. Bank details will be provided upon request.