The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Thursday shortlisted the I-League among the top three nominations for the SPIA Award in the "Best Developing Football League of the Year" category.
The SPIA Conference and Awards Gala will take place between November 19-20 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Commenting on the development, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel said in a statement: "It is very encouraging that the work of AIFF and the Hero I-League department has got recognition by being nominated for this prestigious award. I would like to congratulate all stakeholders especially the clubs who have been an integral part of this league."
Meanwhile, I-League CEO Sunando Dhar said: "This is excellent news for Indian Football. We have been striving hard over the years and this nomination is only a motivation for us to do better."
The 2018-19 edition of the I-League kicks-off on October 26.
(With inputs from agencies.)