The winners of Indian Super League is set to receive the third Asian spot from India
Although it was earlier reported that the second-placed team is set to be handed the Asian slot, as per sources close to Goal , this slot will now go to the ISL winners.
The league winners of ISL this season, FC Goa, will play in the group stages of the AFC Asian Champions League (ACL) next season and as it stands, the second Asian slot will go to the winners of the I-League as per a special dispensation made by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
The third slot will be given to the ISL final winners. This slot may be awarded to the winners of a cup competition after a period of three years.
The decision to award three continental slots to India was already been ratified by AFC’s Competition Committee and it will be for the first time that there will be three clubs representing India at the continental stage, with one of them plying their trade in the premier club competition in Asia.
Until last season, winners of the I-League had a spot in the preliminary qualifiers of the ACL while the ISL winners had to take part in the AFC Cup play-offs.