AIFF Media Team

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 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.