AIFF approves the participation of a junior Indian team in the upcoming I-League

NEW DELHI, INDIA ? MAY 7: The Football House, headquarters of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), in New Delhi on Friday, May 7, 2010. (Photo by Qamar Sibtain/India Today Group/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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The talks were prevalent in Indian football circuit for the last few days, about the introduction of a junior team by AIFF in I-League, the topmost tier in Indian football.

Well on Tuesday, the technical committee of the AIFF met and the decision to reinstate the Arrows team, which will be comprised of the cream of the FIFA U17 World Cup squad and the India U19 team, for the upcoming I-League season.

The team will play their home games in the I-League from Delhi.

The players will be taken on contract for two years and the AIFF plans to incorporate new talents on a biennial basis.

Previously AIFF introduced their junior team by the name of Indian Arrows which later got rebranded as Pailan Arrows in the I-League. The team acted as the cradle of many prominent names of Indian Football today like Jeje, Sabeeth among many others.

The introduction of the new team is coming at a situation when AIFF has just rejected the bids of three clubs to participate in I-League. The participation of the juniors under the name of Arrows will not only give the young players exposure to senior level competitive football, but will also add a new dimension to the league.