I-League Committee sticks to 3+1 rule on number of foreigners in season beginning October 29 | Football News

NEW DELHI: Football Federation of India League Committee (AIFF) Sunday allowed I-League clubs to register six strangersincluding an Asian, in the matchday squad, but only allowed four of them (under the current 3+1 rule) in the playing XI for this season from October 29.
Last season, I-League clubs were allowed to register six foreign players, but only four, including one Asian, were allowed to make the matchday squad.
India Coach Igor Stimac is not a fan of increasing the number of foreigners in domestic leagues on the grounds that fewer Indian players will be able to play.
“The League committee recommended (to the executive committee) to increase the number of foreigners to 5+1 (5 foreigners from anywhere in the world and one from Asia) in the squad on matchday “, the AIFF said in a statement. after the league committee meeting.
“However, of these, a total of four foreigners should be allowed in the playing eleven at any time on a 3+1 basis. While a foreigner on the pitch may be replaced by another foreign player on the bench or by an Indian player, a foreigner from an Asian quota may be replaced by another foreigner from an Asian quota or by an Indian.”
The meeting was chaired by the head of the newly elected league committee Lalnginglova Hmar, who is also a member of the Executive Committee. Also present at the meeting was the Secretary General Shaji PrabhakaranDeputy General Secretary Sunando Dharamong others.
In other major recommendations to the executive committee, the Second Division League will have a total of 15 teams from across the country, plus reserve teams from ISL and I-League teams, with the final rounds being played at home.
“No foreign players will be allowed in the Hero Second Division League. Having a certain number of players under the age of 22 in the team will no longer be mandatory in the Hero Second Division League.”
It was also recommended that two teams be relegated from the I-League to the Second Division League.
Kenkre Football Club appealed to the AIFF for retention in the I-League, which the League Committee sympathetically accepted and the recommendation to that effect was forwarded to the Executive Committee.
The committee further recommended to the executive committee that to encourage the participation of more Indian players, all state leagues across the country should be played without foreign players.
The league committee also suggested that the Indian Women’s League be played at multiple venues, to expand the women’s game in India.
In another attempt to broaden the base of the game, the league committee recommended removing the licensing criteria in the IWL and the league’s second division, and the licensing criteria for the Academy in the league. the youth.

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