All 14 I-League club must apply for exemption
In a move that has plunged the whole Indian football season into disarray, all 14 I-league clubs failed the AIFF licensing tests,raising the possibility that the I League may not take place at all this season.
The only available evidence for why this has occurred so far is that as quoted by Goal.com : “The All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) club licensing committee has ruled that based on the reports and documents put forward to it all the fourteen clubs had failed to clear the licensing test.”
Before the 14th of August All of the I-league sides will have to apply for exemption to the AIFF Club Licensing Manager, Ms Roma Khann.
The licensing tests included a visit to each club by a five man committee , which took place in May and June and included FIFA Head of Regional Development for South and Central Asia Dr. Shaji Prabhakara, Indian National Coach Wim Koeverman’s was also involved in the process.
This is the first time that licensing rules, have been implemented in India.
Speaking to Goal.com AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das said: “This is a mandate given by AFC, and approved and accepted by the AIFF. So the Licensing Criteria is a must, and all the Clubs need to abide by it.”