The 2021/22 Indian Super League looks as though it could be given the go-ahead, with one of the three states that had been proposed appearing to have been green-lighted as the first choice.
The FSDL, who are the organising body of the ISL, have already asked the clubs that are involved in the competition to prepare themselves for the new season, which will be held in Goa once again from the middle of November.
A Times of India report has revealed that organisers of the Indian Super League had an online meeting with the CEOs of all of the clubs that are involved in the competition on Wednesday and outlined the roadmap that the 2021/22 season would aim to follow.
Three states were selected to be shortlisted as principal host areas, with Goa, Bengal and Kerala all nominated, however Goa is understood to be the preferred option, perhaps down to history.
The region had successfully hosted the 2020/21 ISL competition when it was played inside a bio-secure bubble, which has provided ISL organisers with the confidence that they need to know that the region can host another edition of the competition if required.
“The last season in Goa was a successful one, so it does not make sense to look anywhere else,” a source was quoted by TOI on Wednesday.
The one big change that has been provided to clubs this time around from the last edition is that they will have the freedom to make their own arrangements, in regards to hotel accommodation and training grounds used.
However, contingency plans have also been put in place for the competition should Goa become unsuitable, with Qatar and the UAE having been identified as possible destinations in which the ISL will be played. Of course, Indian sports bettors will hope the competition goes ahead, as they will be able to try and make the most of the Max Free Bets that can be found on the site.
Nonetheless, regardless of where the competition will be played, the ISL will also feature a new rule that has been designed to try and improve the sport’s popularity within the country and get more Indians to participate in the sport from the grassroots level.
The regulation that has been introduced for the next ISL season will see a 3+1 foreign player rule be added for matches, with this having seen the foreign quota be brought down from five.
This means an ISL can only sign a maximum of six foreigners to the squad, which includes a compulsory Asian-origin player, whilst only four foreigners could be on the pitch.