Football: India soccer chiefs approve IPL-style league despite fierce opposition from clubs
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's football chiefs on Thursday backed a proposal to hold a new tournament inspired by cricket's popular Indian Premier League (IPL), despite fierce opposition from the country's top clubs.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) gave the green signal to its commercial partners, IMG-Reliance, to hold the franchise-based tournament early next year featuring as-yet-unnamed international and local stars.
AIFF president Praful Patel said his federation was satisfied by a detailed presentation made by IMG-Reliance on Thursday and predicted the new tournament would give Indian football a boost.
"Through this tournament we are looking to popularise Indian football and take the game to the masses," Patel told reporters. "It will have players from around the world."