A Reason to smile for all football fans in Bangalore.

At a time when the new soccer club from Bangalore South United FC failed to qualify for India's topmost football league (I-League) here is a reason for all football crazy people in namma Bengaluru to celebrate. AIFF ( All India Football Federation) has given green signal for a new soccer club to be formed by JSW Group from our city to participate in I-League 2013-14. 

AIFF during its Emergency Committee meeting in New Delhi on Monday cleared Bangalore’s JSW and Mumbai Ti
gers to play in the 2013-14 edition of the I-League.

“We believe these are exciting times for Indian football and we are happy to be entering the league at this stage,” said team owner Sajjan Jindal on Tuesday. “We would like to thank the AIFF for awarding us the Bangalore franchise. The popularity of football is growing rapidly in India and we are excited at the opportunity to do our bit to enhance the standards of the Beautiful Game. In keeping with JSW philosophy of building a strong India, we hope to build a strong and successful football franchise.”

Set to play their home games in Bangalore, the USD 15 billion Indian conglomerate, JSW team owner sounded very positive and said that they are committed to improve the standard of the sport through several initiatives.

Jindal said they would use this opportunity given by AIFF to improve the standard of football in Bangalore by setting up a soccer academy and to rope in renowned coaches from within India for the successful running of this academy .

JSW CEO Mustafa Ghouse, a former tennis international, said work on building the squad is yet to begin. “It’s hardly been 24 hours since we heard of our approval. We have a lot of plans in mind and we need to go ahead and implement them.

“When we sent in our bid we had several players on our mind. But since we were not sure of our status we didn’t rope them in. We need to get back to them and if they’ve not inked any deals we may rope them in. We are also yet to finalise on the coaching staff. Things will take shape in the next month or so and we will get things in order by the time the league commences in August. The time is too short but that’s the challenge ahead of us.”

Apart from approving the bids of JSW and Mumbai Tigers, the AIFF also took some key decisions which also included a major change in the format of the I-League from the coming years.

Scheduled to kick-off in August, the league will be staged in the Conference Model -- the Eastern Conference and Western Conference. The top four teams from each Conference will advance to the final round.

Each I-League club would be allowed to register a maximum of 30 players out of which a maximum five would be required to be under-23 players. Minimum two under-23 players need to be in the final 18 and at least one on the final playing XI.

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