Why the ISL season 4 trophy is more valuable than the previous season trophies?
We all know that this time there is an addition of two teams to ISL, they are Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC. With this, the number of teams in ISL Season 4 has become 10. An active football league with 10 teams qualifies to get the recognition of Asian Football Confederation.
Earlier there was no official recognition for ISL from FIFA or AFC. But now with the addition of 2 teams, ISL is officially FIFA and AFC recognised.
Because of this, the winners of ISL will get a chance to play in the AFC cup prelims.
Earlier only the winners of I league and winners of federation cup were given chance to play in the AFC cup.
While the winner of I-league can directly play in the play offs, the winners of ISL get a chance to play in the preliminary stage.
However this provision for ISL is not permanent and is valid for 1 year only. This has to be revised after 1 year. And this can be continued only if they adhere to the rules and regulations of AFC.
This extra bonus for winning ISL trophy has motivated the teams so much that they have started taking the season super seriously. They have made investments on players like never before. For example, KBFC which did not spend so much money in the last 3 seasons has ran out of its way and bought Berbatov for 7.5 crores rupees.