Bengaluru FC created history when they became the first Indian club to play in the AFC Cup Final. Although, they lost a close encounter to Al Quwa Al Jawiya, this marks the biggest achievement by an Indian football club. Here is all you need to know about Indian football club competition.
Who qualifies for Asian competition
Like Europe, Asian football has 2 competitions: AFC Champions League and AFC Cup. Indian clubs are allotted 2 slots in these. The winner of the I- League (India’s premier football league) gets to play the qualifiers for the Asian Champions League.
The winner of the Federation Cup is inserted into the qualifiers for the AFC Cup. In case the I League winners fail to qualify for the Champions League, they are also given a similar slot in the AFC Cup qualifiers.
Also, the AFC Cup takes place in the calendar year. So, the current competition has teams who qualified in the 2014-15 season.