The Indian Football Association writes to affiliated clubs to seek input on the Calcutta Football League
KOLKATA: The Indian football association has written to all its affiliated units on Friday to seek their opinion on Calcutta this season Football League.
The fifth division of the Calcutta Football League starts in the final week of May in normal circumstances, subsequently followed by the other divisions. With the country under lockdown to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, it will not be possible to start the league as per schedule. In fact, it is still not clear when it might be possible to begin the league.
Keeping that in mind, Indian football association secretary Joydeep Mukherjee He wrote to the secretaries of his 276 units to obtain their opinion on how the matches could be carried out when and only after receiving the green light from the authorities concerned.
“It is important to reach out to the clubs and seek their opinion on the subject. We cannot decide anything on our own. We first need government permission before we can decide to hold matches. But we also want to know from the clubs if they believe that the matches should take place and, if so, in what format, said Mukherjee.
Clubs were asked to report their responses by May 17.
The Indian football association is also planning to help the players from financially-weaker backgrounds who have been affected by the delay in commencing the league and the resulting uncertainty. Meanwhile, the special general meeting of the Indian football association --- which was scheduled to be held on Friday --- has been postponed.