At some time on Thursday, September 5, a football team beset by anxiety and anguish will land in a city and a state completely transformed.
Despite the I-League clubs' protests, FIFA believes AIFF is still 'best-placed' to resolve Indian football's crisis.
As the I-League vs ISL debate continues, the future roadmap of Indian football remains uncertain. Here's the full timeline of the conflict.
As the Durand Cup, which features ISL and I-League teams, begins, ESPN answers some of the questions Indian football fans might have.
The AIFF president said the ISL can't remain a closed league, and will need to introduce promotion and relegation.
The AIFF has also asked the AFC to send a 'high-leavel' delegation to create suitable roadmap for Indian football.
While accepting AIFF's two-league proposal, the I-league clubs tabled additional demands in 10-point 'Roadmap for league football in India'
The AIFF chief said he wants I-League and ISL to co-exist for another 2-3 seasons, but said the arrangement can't be permanent.
AIFF are 'contract-bound' as per their 2010 agreement with FSDL to make the ISL the country's top league, a top source told ESPN.
Five clubs, including Minerva and Aizawl were fined Rs. 10 lakh each, while East Bengal were asked to pay Rs 5 lakh.
Sunil Chhetri has promised that the Indian players will be patient and fully back new coach Igor Stimac to implement his philosophy on the team.
Mohun Bagan announced the appointment of 47-year-old Spaniard Kibu Vicuña as their head coach for the 2019-20 season on Friday.
As IM Vijayan turns 50, Debayan Sen writes in celebration of one of India's greatest footballers.
What can India learn from the the U.S. and China in order to create a successful and popular unified league?
Former India international Franco Fortunato explains what it was like playing alongside, and against the great PK Banerjee.
After a career-defining season with Chennai, Gaurav Bora is ready for the next chapter in his life with India's U23 squad.
What do these teams want? What is the AIFF's stance? What next? ESPN has you covered.
The absence of an AFC slot coupled with uncertainty over I-League's future, Super Cup risks becoming completely relevant.
BFC CEO Parth Jindal talks about the financial struggles of ISL clubs, the future roadmap for I-League and need for transparency.
While other teams remained tight-lipped, Minerva cited the "unfair treatment" by the AIFF as the reason for their decision.
All season long, questions were asked of Chennai City's character and temperament. All season long, Chennai City answered them.
Despite uncertainty, before this season and in the coming months, East Bengal showed tenacity in taking the title race to the final day yet again.
The I-League title race went the distance, with Chennai City and East Bengal in tight battle till the very end. Here's how the action unfolded.
Chennai City beat Minerva 3-1 to win the I-League while East Bengal also won in a dramatic final day of action in the I-League.
How will an Indian club seek to benefit from this association, as and when it comes through?