The winners of the 2022-23 season of the I-League will be promoted to the Indian Super League next season, the All India Football Federation stated.
According to the Roadmap between AIFF and AFC, starting with the 2022-23 season, the winners of the Hero I-League will stand a chance to be promoted to the Hero ISL season 2023-24 basis fulfilling sporting merit and clearing the Premier 1 Licensing criteria.@IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/jwbKWAWdzW
— Kalyan Chaubey (@kalyanchaubey) November 5, 2022
AIFF president Kalyan Chaubey declared the news on Twitter stating that the decision is as per the roadmap agreed upon between the AIFF and the Asian Football Confederation in 2019.
According to the 2019 agreement, the winners of the I-League for the 2022-23 and the 2023-24 season will be promoted to the ISL without paying any fee. However, the I-League teams will have to fulfil Premier one licensing criteria, AIFF General Secretary Shaji Prabhakaran told PTI.
The 2022-23 ISL season began on October 7 while the I-League will kick-off on November 12 with defending champions Gokulam Kerala taking on runners-up Mohammedan Sporting at Malappuram.