In an interview, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das lamented the current state, saying that an overhaul was imperative to take the game forward in the country.

Salgaocar and Sporting Clube de Goa last week pulled out of the I-League in protest against the AIFF's decision to make Indian Super League the top league while proposing League 1 and League 2 respectively for the existing top and second division teams.

Das said that most of the proposals put forward by the federation on May 17, after discussions with the clubs and other stakeholders, will be implemented and a restructuring of the domestic league was needed after the 'commercial failure' of the I-League.

He, however, said that the proposals were not final and changes can be made after taking into account inputs and suggestions from the clubs and other stakeholders.

"Nothing was happening in the I-League. It was a product simply not accepted by the market for whatever reasons it may have been. So, we have to look for a financially and commercially sustainable model. We feel that these new proposals are the way to go forward if football has to progress in the country. I am confident that the new structure, with the support of all clubs, can really be a game changer for Indian club football," Das said.    

"Clubs have folded up because of unsustainable financial models and that's why we want to ensure that they are sustainable to survive. If people take decisions emotionally, it does not make sense. It is for the good of Indian football," he added.

The clubs felt that the two-season old ISL, promoted jointed by the AIFF, its commercial partner IMG-Reliance and Star Sports, has dumped the I-League to the second tier due to its financial power. But Das praised IMG-Reliance for giving Indian football the visibility which has been missing for a long time.

"I am really thankful to IMG-Reliance that they came in to support Indian football in such a big way. With their support we managed to put the broadcast of I-League back on a main stream sports channel (Ten Sports). The ISL has also given a huge booster dose to Indian football in terms of spectator attendance and TV ratings."

"The cascading effect of this was visible immediately in the I-league as well as the 2nd division. People must understand that Indian football is in an investment stage and the returns can only come in if we all do the right things together. I sometimes see silly statements like our marketing partner was trying to sideline AIFF and taking control".

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