Amidst the Coronavirus crisis, ISL is waiting for more clarity before deciding on the best way to proceed with the principles for next season.
The Indian Super League (ISL) was supposed to observe a rise in the number of games to be played by each group to 27 in the present 18 games in the 2020-21 effort. However, as a result of uncertainty surrounding the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the organisers have changed their position to ‘wait-and-watch’, Target understands.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) wants the number of fixtures to be raised to 27 per team in a year since ISL winners are given a direct spot in the AFC Champions League. It usually means that the teams will be made to play each other thrice in a year because the amount of clubs is set to stay 10.
In the event the situation reaches the point, FSDL will ask the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to request AFC to permit the status quo to be maintained at least for one year, with the assurance which the number of fixtures will eventually be increased in the 2021-22 effort.
Presently, a total of 95 matches are played like the playoffs and final. However, the figure would increase exponentially if each group plays nine more fixtures. Amidst the uncertainty due to Coronavirus, FSDL might not need to venture farther into unchartered waters.
In addition, the FSDL has also asked the nightclubs of the opinion regarding the number of overseas players per squad along with the number of players allowed in the area. The present arrangement allows for five global players around the pitch. Likewise, the most amount of foreigners that a team can enroll is now seven.
It’s been mooted that among those foreigners must be out of an AFC-affiliated nation for next season. But, FSDL is likely to take the phone after taking stock of the clubs’ view. It has to be mentioned that many clubs have already signed three-to-four foreigners.
But eventually, we might observe a drop in the number of overseas players on the area from the 2021-22 campaign.