ISL finally granted recognition by Asian Football Confederation

Vastavam web: The cash-rich Indian Super League has been finally granted official recognition by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), meaning there will be two national leagues in the country from 2017-18.The franchise-based league didn’t have AFC recognition in its first three editions, and has been trying for it for a while now.So, as of now, the winner of the I-league will participate in the AFC Champions League qualifiers, while the next ISL champion will be eligible for an AFC Cup qualifying slot.

If the 2017-18 I-League winners fail to qualify no Indian club has so far — they will get an automatic berth in the AFC Cup, the continent’s second-tier tournament.The development comes as a good news for Bengaluru FC, who have so far been the only Indian club serious about the AFC Cup competition.Having emerged runners-up last year, Bengaluru FC have made the zonal semi-finals this time and will play North Korea’s 4.25 SC in home and away league in August and September respectively.