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AIFF set to make ISL India's top league

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is set to make the Indian Super League (ISL) the top football league in the country, superseding the I-League, from the 2019-20 season, even as seven I-League clubs have promised legal action when such a decision is formally announced by AIFF.

A top AIFF source told ESPN that the AIFF were "contract-bound" as per their 2010 Master Rights Agreement with Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), to make the ISL the "most senior and prestigious" league of...

Meet Roy Krishna: A-league MVP is ATK's big signing

Roy Krishna
Roy Krishna has signed for ISL club ATK from A-league club Wellington Phoenix

In Roy Krishna's own words, "it's not often that little island boys get to the big stage."

Krishna officially sealed a one-year deal with Indian Super League side ATK this week, after confirming last month he would not be re-signing with the Wellington Phoenix. Seeking a move overseas, he reportedly turned down other offers, returning to his ancestral home.

"It was not just about me, it was about my family," he told New Zealand website Stuff. "Obviously my forefathers came from there 140 years ago,...

ATK signs A-League MVP Roy Krishna

Roy Krishna, Phoenix
Roy Krishna won both the A-League best player award and golden boot last season.

Indian Super League side ATK have signed the A-League's best player, Roy Krishna, from Wellington Phoenix on a one-year deal.

The Fiji international heads to Kolkata after a breakout season in Australia's top division, where he scored 18 goals on his way to winning the golden boot, as well as the Johnny Warren Medal.

"140 years ago my ancestors came to Fiji from Kolkata, India in search of better opportunities. Today marks the start of a similar journey," the 31-year-old said on Twitter.

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Delhi Dynamos defender Rana Gharami tests positive for banned substance

Rana Gharami of Delhi Dynamos
Rana Gharami of Delhi Dynamos
 

Delhi Dynamos defender Rana Gharami has been handed a provisional suspension by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) after he tested positive for a banned substance in a first such case involving an Indian Super League (ISL) footballer.

The 28-year-old Gharami returned positive for prednisone and prednisolone metabolities - both banned by NADA under glucocorticoids - in an in-competition test conducted during an ISL match in New Delhi on January 31. The defender from West...

What is the I-League-AIFF showdown all about?

What is the story?

The I-League clubs want a 20-team unified professional league starting with 2019-20 season. They have written to the AIFF pitching the same, but are yet to get an official response. 

Nine I-League clubs have also written to AIFF general secretary Kushal Das, communicating their keenness to participate in the ongoing Super Cup, subject to a meeting with federation president Praful Patel about the future of the I-League.

Who all are involved?

All I-League clubs with the exception...