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The Hero I-League committee has awarded Delhi based, Sudeva FC the rights to ply their trade in 2020/21 season as direct entry. Also, in an unprecedented move, Hyderabad based Sreenidhi FC have been given licence to play in next season's I-league as corporate entry. 

Members of the bid committee of the All India Football Federation and representatives of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) met over a video conference to discuss over clarifications which were sought in the previous meeting (July 31, 2020) from the three prospective clubs — Sudeva (Delhi), Sreenidhi (Visakhapatnam), and Ryntih (Shillong) – for participation in the Hero I-league 2020-21. 

After scrutinising the clarifications sought for from the submitted documents, and also presentations from the respective bidders in the previous meeting (July 31, 2020), the Committee, after consultation with PwC decided to grant playing rights to Sudeva in the forthcoming Hero I-League 2020-21. 

The Committee also granted playing rights to Sreenidhi in the Hero I-League from 2021-22 onwards. Sudeva FC, founded in 2014 by London based Lawyer, Anuj Gupta and Delhi based Entrepreneur, Vijay Hakari, has a robust youth set-up and has played in 2nd Division League in the past. They already have a decent set-up and will be expected to field a competitive team in the upcoming season. 

Sreenidhi FC, on the other hand are owned by Sreenidhi Educational Group, Hyderabad but will make Visakhapatnam as their home ground, due to AIFF's policy of One City-One Team. 

With the entry of Delhi based club, Hero I-League will have 12 clubs participating in this year's competition. The 12th team will be decided after 2nd Division League's play-off round is completed in September.

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