The project has been delayed due to organisers' concerns over revenue generation, despite enjoying support from state associations and former players.
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It will be interesting to see how Khalid Jamil adapts to the heady cocktail of East Bengal's history and the fickle nature of Kolkata club officials.
While we know for sure that an expanded ISL will be played later this year, an air of uncertainty still hangs over the I-League's future.
Indian football's top body changes its constitution to give 'honorary president' unprecedented powers but it's at odds with the proposed sports code.
Over-reliance on Sunil Chhetri, holes in midfield and defensive flaws are pressing issues for India despite favourable results.
Sunil Chhetri grabbed the headlines once again, but Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's inspired show was equally instrumental in India's win over Kyrgyzstan.
On an emotionally charged night, India tackled hard and fought for every challenge before Sunil Chhetri's brilliance took them past the finish line.
Tuesday was a good night for much of Southeast Asia in qualification for the 2019 Asian Cup, with Philippines, Cambodia and Myanmar all winning.
Sunil Chhetri scored the winner against Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday, sending India top of the group in their bid to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
Sunil Chhetri's 69th minute strike helped India beat Kyrgyzstan 1-0 and go top of Group A in the AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign.
A lack of clarity on the player recruitment for the coming ISL season threatens to dampen the enthusiasm surrounding the league's expansion.
Happy with his settled squad, coach Stephen Constantine said the outcome of the match against Kyrgyzstan will be decided by who wants it more.
India will eye a win against Kyrgyzstan in their first home game of Group A in the Asian Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
Midfielder Pavel Sidorenko is among those who've played in two defeats to India in the past decade.
After taking Aizawl FC to the title, Khalid Jamil is set to be announced as East Bengal head coach for 2017-18 season.
With no concrete decision coming out of the Kuala Lumpur meeting, the AIFF seems unlikely to tinker with the current structure of Indian football.
A meeting held in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday to discuss the future of Indian football failed to provide any decisive verdict.
A 2-0 win against Nepal maintained India's perfect record in international games in 2017, but sterner tests await in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.
India's captain Sunil Chhetri opens up to ESPN about his journey to the top, Bengaluru FC, the future of the I-League and much, much more.
India's leading goal scorer and most-capped footballer Sunil Chhetri has re-iterated his preference for a unified league in the country
Fast, fearless in front of goal and possessed of an unshakable work ethic, a bright career awaits Aizawl's Laldanmawia Ralte, writes Arjun Namboothiri
Bengaluru, finalists in the 2016 edition, have a chance of advancing to the inter-zonal play-off semi-finals should they win against Maziya.