New rule of foreigners in I-League for the 2020-21 season

NEW DELHI: The All India Football Federation ( AIFF ) The executive committee decided on Wednesday to implement the 3 + 1 rule of foreigners in the initial XI of the teams that play in the I-League from the 2020-21 season itself.

As far as the Indian Super League (ISL) is concerned, a statement from AIFF said FSDL will work with the AIFF and will present a plan to the Executive Committee on the way forward for foreign players in the next couple of months. This plan would come into effect after the 2020-21 season.

The AIFF also said that as per requests from various I-League clubs, the committee decided to implement the foreigners rule like it is in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) guidelines that are followed in their club competitions.

The AIFF 's technical committee had recommended the reduction of foreigners from both the leagues last week.

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Adhering to requests from the various I-League clubs, the committee unanimously decided to implement the 3 (foreigners) + 1 (Asian) recruit rule for Hero I-League matches from 2020-21 season itself., The statement read.

The executive committee also considered that under AFC regulation, clubs that need to play a minimum of 27 games to gain eligibility to play in the AFC Champions League, clubs that play in the ISL need to play more games not only to meet the guidelines, but also for the comprehensive development of players and Indian football.

AIFF President Praying patel , who chaired the meeting held via video conference, also urged the ISL and I-League clubs to put up a women's team for the Indian Women's League. Women's football in India cannot be sustainable without participation from clubs, he said.

In addition, keeping in tune with FIFA's relaxations on the status of player transfers, the committee considered that the transfer window setting can be reduced to zero when the schedules of the respective Leagues are finalized, reads in the release.

The executive committee condemned the failings of Indian soccer legends P.K. Banerjee and Chuni Goswami and also Abdul Latif, Ashok Chatterjee, Rajendra Mohan and they observed a minute of silence as a sign of respect.

The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup also had new dates earlier this week, and the tournament is now scheduled for February 17 to March 7 next year.

I feel that the postponement will not affect the preparation of our team. We were preparing considering November (the window above). But we are on the way to the event, both from the organization side and from the team perspective, Patel said.

I am in constant contact with FIFA and AFC and everyone hopes that football activities will resume soon.