Football Delhi on Friday announced that it will launch a new cup tournament, the Capital Cup, where clubs of Indian Super League (ISL) and I-League along with local clubs will be invited to take part.
The association released a statement stating that in the Executive Committee meeting held on Thursday via videoconferencing, it was decided to launch the Capital Cup in Delhi.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) will be requested for an appropriate window to hold the tournament where a minimum number of four ISL and I-League clubs will be invited to play in the eight-team league-cum-knockout competition. The rest of the four clubs will be comprised of local clubs.
Football Delhi also wants to discuss discuss the launch of tournament with the sports ministry, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the state government to be a key stakeholder in making this tournament a success and make it a regular feature of India's capital city.
"Through Capital Cup we would like to energies the local football and connect football fans with an inspiring football tournament where best clubs and players would be seen in action. It is our attempt to add another initiative to make Capital City a vibrant football city.
"Delhi's Dr Ambedkar Stadium is one stadiums which has seen all the greats in action and the strong legacy of this stadium and city have to be revived with the Capital Cup," Shaji Prabhakaran, President, Football Delhi, said.
The Executive Committee also decided to approve the launch of a digital hub to connect and engage with the football community and stakeholders.