The seventh season of this Indian Super League (ISL) will have the present salary cap standards but will undergo a minor change concerning the foreign participant statute.
1) Minimum 5+1, Maximum 6+1
Each club will have the choice of signing either six or seven foreign players, but unlike the previous year, there should be at least one overseas player who awakens from an Asian Football Confederation (AFC)-affiliated country.
The maximum squad size will also be increased since the clubs will be permitted to register up to 35 players in their group.
Another significant change from last season is that the clubs do not need approval from the league when it comes to overseas signings and appointment of head coach. The head coach must be a Pro-License holder.
2) The salary cap stays unchanged
The sixth time saw a decrease in the salary cap for ISL nightclubs from INR 17.5 Cr to INR 16.5 Cr and the limitation will be unchanged for the seventh edition too.
The salary cap is the maximum total cost which may be spent by a club to the addition of a participant in the group and it includes annual salary, bonuses, signing-on fees, etc..
While the transfer fee won’t be included in the calculation of the salary cap, loan fees will be considered.
Also, separate arrangements might not be negotiated by the clubs, nor will they be ensured by the clubs to function as an incentive for a player to sign a contract at a lower fee. If a participant is getting money from any individual under another arrangement as a means of inducing him to play for the club at a lower fee, then that money will be included in the salary cap.
The sanction for exceeding the cap is going to be a fine or prohibit from signing deduction or players of points.