In the Virtual Media meeting on Thursday, All India Football Federation (AIFF) league CEO Sunando Dhar said, I-League teams will be more likely to replace players during the season.
Dhar said that for Indian arrow and debut, Sudeva Delhi FC, only for teams with roster of Indians, there is no restriction on the number of players that can be replaced. He said that teams can register a maximum of 30 players. The other nine teams, all of whom are foreign in their squads, could replace three Indians. All changes must be made by February 11.
Before the epidemic of the 2020–21 season was affected, teams were not allowed to replace Indian players, but could swap up to three foreign players. All teams are allowed four imports, including one Asian player.
Dhar also said that to help the teams cope with bubble fatigue, the two players have a separate room in the hotel which the team can book for their activities. “Depending on how the situation is in Kolkata, we can also book an amusement park nearby for teams to spend a day. It is also possible that teams will be taken to theaters following all health protocols. ”
Speaking at the Virtual Media Meet, AIFF General Secretary, Kushal Das said that the league roadmap would remain the course. “The I-League champions of 2022-23 and 23-24 will qualify the ISL (Indian Super League) with charges and promotions starting in the ISL next season.
Das said that the youth league will not be held this season due to the logistic challenges involved in organizing bio-bubble for many teams across the country. “Hopefully, if the trend continues to improve with Kovid-19, we can host the youth league next season (2021).”
This season’s I-League began on Saturday with three games including a match between Nudez Sudeva Delhi FC and Mohammedan Sporting. The matches will be played at four venues including the Salt Lake Stadium, Mohun Bagan ground and matches at Kalyani, about 60 km from Kolkata.
2020-21 I-League Facts in Figures
0: Defending champion because Mohun Bagan has moved to ISL
11: Number of teams.
2: New entrants — Sudeva Delhi FC and Second Division winner Mohammedan Sporting.
4: Venue — Salt Lake Stadium, Kishore Bharti Stadium, Mohun Bagan Ground, Kalyani Stadium
3: Bio-safe hotel for teams and match officials.
80: Total number of games — First stage: All 11 teams face each other once. Total matches in the first leg – 55. Second stage: In the championship phase, the top six teams, who will take more points than the first stage, will face each other. Total games in the championship stage – 15. In the representation stage, the bottom five teams face each other once. Total games in charge charge phase – 10
18 crores: Estimated budget, which according to AIFF officials, is 50% higher than normal. The cost increase is mainly due to the formation of bio-bubbles.
1 Crore: Winners’ Purse. Second place: 60 lakhs. Third place: Rs 40 lakh. Fourth place: Rs 25 lakh.
50,000: One team wins for every match
25,000: Player of the Match award.
11,000: Number of Kovid-19 trials during the competition.
January 9: Competition begins
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