Indian Super League caps number of foreign players from 2021 to promote indigenous footballers; Ganguly named as a director of ATK-Mohun Bagan

Sanjiv Goenka recounts his special relationship with Mohun Bagan

With BCCI  headed by Sourav Ganguly in two minds to flag off the postponed IPL, the seventh Indian Super League for soccer is likely to be held behind closed doors from November to March in view of the Covid-19 pandemic with Goa and Kerala emerging as the hosts being relatively COVID  free compared to other states. The issue was discussed by the ISL organisers Football Sports Development Ltd. (FSDL) and club representatives on Monday in the presence of its chairperson Nita Ambani. The previous ISL final between ATK and Chennaiyin FC was played behind closed doors at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on March 14 due to coronavirus pandemic. Indian Super League on Monday approved 3+1 foreign player regulation for matches of the franchise-based event, bringing it down from the existing five to boost “increased participation” of local players, reports SPORTSTAR, The regulation will become part of the competition guidelines from the eighth season in 2021-22. As per the new regulation, an ISL club could sign a maximum of six foreigners in the squad including a compulsory Asian origin player, with four foreigners on the field. The 3+1 foreign player rules are governed by the Asian Football Confederation competition regulation.“Both Goa and Kerala are better placed than many other states at the moment as far as the Covid-19 situation is concerned, and that makes it “favourable” for the organisers to host the league there, reports PTI. In the north-eastern region, where football remains a popular game, Aizawl, Imphal, Shillong, Guwahati and Gangtok were also considered for holding the tournament.

Statement from Mrs. Nita Ambani, Founder Chairperson, Football ...

ISL  headed by Nita Ambani has been conferred the top football league status in India by Asian Football Confederation and FIFA in 2019  and is part of the AFC competitive regulations, the change in foreign player guidelines in Indian football is an important step towards the Indian league aligning with the Asian football international regulations. “The decision is an outcome of ISL and its clubs’ aligned vision with the national federation (All Indian Football Federation) and a result of joint consultation,” the league said.BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has been named as one of the directors of the merged Indian Super League franchise ATK-Mohun Bagan ahead of the upcoming season. Led by Kolkata born Sanjiv Goenka, 59, (in picture above ), who has acquired a majority 80 percent stake in India’s oldest football club ’s  Mohun Bagan club, the Board will meet on July 10 to finalise the club’s name, jersey and logo. Ganguly is one of the team’s co-owners and one of the directors. Utsav Parekh says Ganguly being one of the team co-owners, is 100 percent eligible to become a director. We will meet on July 10 for the first time to finalise our name, jersey and logo.” (edited by PK Chakravarty)

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