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Federation Cup is Back in a new Avatar!

Federation Cup, India's Premier Cup will be revived once again from this season, albeit in a new format. The decision was taken by AIFF's Executive Committee that met today in Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi.
Federation Cup was scrapped by AIFF after its 2014 edition, which was won by Bengaluru FC, citing lack of public response and to accommodate Indian Super League in India's domestic schedule. This was the first instance when Federation Cup was not held since its inception in 1977.

The format of the Cup tournament has also be changed with teams finishing in the Top 8 in I-League getting entry and will be on home and away basis. Top of the League team will play against 8th rank team, Runners Up will play against 7th rank team and so on.

The sudden love for Federation Cup may not be due to AIFF's new found love for the Cup tournament. As per AFC's Guidelines, for a club to be eligible for AFC Champions League, it should have played at least 18 matches in a season. 

With Pune FC & Bharat FC shutting down their first teams and Royal Wahingdoh FC withdrawing their participation, I-League is left with only 9 teams, which means that in current format each team will get only 16 matches, falling short of AFC guidelines. 

Thus Fed Cup is being resurrected so that the winners and runners up get minimum 18 matches in a season and ensure their participation in AFC Competitions.

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