I-League groups could have higher leeway in changing players in the course of the season, stated Sunando Dhar, Leagues CEO of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), at a digital media meet on Thursday.
For Indian Arrows and debutants Sudeva Delhi FC, groups with an Indians-only roster, there is no such thing as a bar on the variety of players who will be modified, stated Dhar. Teams can register a most of 30 players, he stated. The different 9 groups, all of whom have foreigners in their squads, can change three Indians. All modifications should occur by February 11.
Prior to the pandemic affected 2020-21 season, groups weren’t allowed to substitute Indian players however may swap three foreigners. Including an Asian participant, all groups are allowed 4 imports.
Dhar additionally stated that to assist groups address bubble fatigue, each players’ motels have a separate room which groups can ebook for his or her actions. “Depending on how the situation is in Kolkata, we can also book an amusement park nearby for teams to spend a day. It is also possible teams will be taken to cinemas following all health protocols,” stated Dhar.
Speaking on the digital media meet, Kushal Das, the AIFF common secretary, stated the leagues roadmap will keep the course. “The I-League champions of 2022-23 and 23-24 will qualify to the ISL (Indian Super League) with relegation and promotion starting in ISL from the following season.
Das said the youth leagues will not be held this season because of logistical challenges involved in organising bio-bubble for so many teams across the country. “Hopefully, if the trend in improvement in containing Covid-19 continues, we can host youth leagues next season (2021-22).”
This season’s I-League begins on Saturday with three video games together with one between newbies Sudeva Delhi FC and Mohammedan Sporting. Matches might be performed in 4 venues together with Salt Lake stadium, Mohun Bagan floor and in Kalyani, some 60km from Kolkata.
2020-21 I-League details in figures
0: Defending champions as a result of Mohun Bagan have moved to ISL
11: Number of groups.
2: New entrants — Sudeva Delhi FC and 2nd division winners Mohammedan Sporting.
4: Venues — Salt Lake stadium, Kishore Bharati stadium, Mohun Bagan floor, Kalyani stadium
3: Bio-secure motels for groups and match officers.
80: Total variety of video games —1st part: All 11 groups face one another as soon as. Total matches in first part – 55. 2nd part: In championship stage, high six groups, who will carry over factors from the primary part, will face one another as soon as. Total video games in championship stage – 15. In relegation stage, backside 5 groups face one another as soon as. Total video games in relegation stage – 10.
Rs 18 crore: Approximate finances which, in accordance to AIFF officers, is 50% greater than regular. Cost escalation is especially due to creating bio-bubbles.
1 crore: Winners’ purse. 2nd place: Rs 60 lakh. third place: Rs 40 lakh. 4th place: Rs 25 lakh.
50,000: For each match a workforce wins
25,000: Player of the Match award.
11,000: Number of Covid-19 exams in the course of the competitors.
January 9: Competition begins