The All India Football Federation (AIFF) said on Saturday that the 14th edition of the Hero I-League will take place in Kolkata on January 9 next year. The 11 participating teams must enter the Bio-Secure Bubble 14 days before their first match as scheduled, which will be announced soon. The matches will be telecast live on 1Sports.
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the previous version of the second-tier league was abruptly halted before football action began in India via the I-League qualifiers in October this year. The Government of West Bengal and the Indian Football Association (IFA) joined hands with the AIFF to conduct the qualifiers successfully.
Sunando Dhar, CEO, League, commended the stakeholders for their “unconditional support” in staging the tournament without any fuss.
“We can thank the Government of West Bengal and the IFA for their unconditional support for hosting the Hero I-League qualifiers this year. Without their support, we could not even think of hosting the tournament smoothly, ”said Dhar.
“The Hero I-League qualifiers were a one-stage rehearsal for the next edition of the Hero I-League as it would be a longer and more challenging tournament in every aspect. We will work closely with them to make it a resounding success and we are confident to pull it off successfully, ”he said.
All 11 teams will face each other before splitting into two different groups in the first leg of the league.
According to the points table, the top six teams will face each other once again to decide the winner, while the other five teams will play against each other in a league format.
The team with the maximum points (cumulative points collected from all fifteen matches) will be the winner of the I-League 2020-21.
The tournament will be conducted following the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry and no spectators will be allowed inside the stadium during a match.
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