Indian football is set for a couple of comebacks, with the I-League making a comeback on November 25, with Minerva Punjab FC playing host to Mohun Bagan in Ludhiana. There is a returning team in the fray as well, with AIFF's development side named in the fixtures.
Named the Indian Arrows, the name refers to the Pailan Arrows, the developmental side that was disbanded in 2013. It comprises the best of the team that competed in the FIFA U-17 World Cup and the Under-19 team.
The development side will have its home ground in New Delhi. The idea is to keep the boys together to make the cut for U-20 World Cup in 2019, for which India has submitted a bid application. The team's home ground could be either Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium or Ambedkar Stadium.
Shillong Lajong FC will play host to another new outfit in Gokulam Ketala FC on November 27 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. East Bengal will begin their campaign on Nov 28 against defending champions Aizawl FC.
Indian Arrows will play their first match against Chennai City FC and then take on Minerva Punjab FC, but the dates and venues for the development side's matches have not been finalised yet owing to the players' international commitments.
Meanwhile, former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia strongly backed the I-league, saying it "deserves" much better. "Both league (I-League and ISL) should survive and do well but not by killing each other," he wrote on his Twitter handle.