India’s Bengaluru FC will feature in the new expanded 2017-2018 season of the Indian Super League, it was revealed on Monday.
The All India Football Federation revealed that the ISL – which was founded in 2013 – has been expanded to ten cities. As a result, Bengaluru FC will no longer feature in the I-League domestic competition, where they have won two of the last four titles.
Bengaluru FC rivals East Bengal and Mohun Bagan will remain in the I-League.
“We’re glad that our bid to be part of the ISL has been okayed,” BFC CEO Parth Jindal said following the announcement.
“A lot of time and thought has gone into our decision of wanting to be part of the league. The biggest factor has been the interest of the long-term future of Indian football.
“A longer league is the right road ahead. Being part of the ISL will improve our commercial viability that then lets us do a lot more with our youth academy. A key aspect is we still get to chase our quest for the AFC Cup.”