The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is putting in place a plan for the national side ahead of the Asian Cup in 2011. The plan is the brainchild of national coach Bob Houghton who wants to get together India's top 25 players who will not be linked to any clubs and play international friendlies over the next two years.
AIFF have labelled the plan 'Goal 2011' and although it may be good for the Indian national team, it may affect club football among other things.
"This is one of AIFF's most ambitious plans ever, and is likely to cause an uproar among clubs, local associations, and sponsors," a source said.
"At the same time, the financial commitment required to make the plan successful is huge. We are not yet sure where the money will come from.
"Houghton's idea was that the national side should at least play 30 international matches before the Asia Cup, and the only way that could happen is by making the players available exclusively for national duty."
The idea is to have the Indian national team ready to take on Asia's best teams by 2011.