Tag: I League


Need to plan carefully for Asian Cup, says India football coach Igor Stimac | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Calling for careful planning for the 2023 Asian Cup, Indian men's football team coach Igor Stimac says he will be using the upcoming FIFA World Cup to build case studies which will help in preparing the team for the continental event. India have little more than a year to prepare for the AFC Asian Cup. "I will study what kind of results different kinds of preparations produce and come up with a plan for us as well. It's very important that we sit down with FSDL (commercial partners) soon and plan next season's calendar, which needs to give the national team enough time to prepare," said Stimac. "The Asian Cup will be in January 2024, which will probably be mid-season in Indian football, so we must plan carefully. "Over the last few weeks I've been following different national...

I-League winner to be promoted to ISL next season: AIFF

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Saturday said that the winner of the I-League, which begins on November 12, will play in the Indian Super League (ISL) next season, without paying any fee as per the roadmap finalized three years ago. But the participation of I-League winners of 2022-23 season as well as 2023-24 in the ISL will be subject to fulfilling the club licensing criteria. “We can confirm that the I-League winner of this season will be promoted to the ISL (2023-24 season) subject to fulfilling the Premier one licensing criteria and sporting merit,” AIFF secretary general Shaji Prabhakaran told PTI. “They (I-League winners) will not give any (participation) fee. Since all the clubs playing in the ISL will have to fulfil Premier one licensing criteria, they (I-League w...

AIFF yet to decide on this season’s I-League winners making direct entry in ISL | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The AIFF will take some more time to decide on whether this year's I-League champions will directly qualify for next season of Indian Super League as there are some "lacunae" in the "regulations" of the league on the matter. According to the roadmap approved in 2019 with the involvement of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and agreed to by the stakeholders, the I-League champion team of this season (2022-23) as well as that of next year (2023-24) was to get direct slot in the corresponding next season of top-tier ISL. The promotion and relegation system was to kick in the ISL from 2024-25 season onwards. All India Football Federation Secretary General Shaji Prabhakaran said in a press conference here that its legal team is looking into the I-League regulations and will take ...

I-League 2022-23 to kick off on November 12 | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The 2022-23 I-League season will kick off on November 12 at Malappuram, Kerala, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said on Tuesday. In the opening match, defending champions Gokulam Kerala FC will face last season's runners-up Mohammedan Sporting. The last two seasons saw the league being played from within the confines of the bio bubble, as all the matches were played in Kolkata, Kalyani and Naihati in West Bengal. With the COVID restrictions lifted, all the 12 clubs are set to play in as many as 13 venues across the country. Gokulam Kerala will play six of their home matches at the Payannad Stadium in Malappuram, while the other five will be played at the EMS Stadium in Kozhikode, where they have already been playing in the previous campaigns. The Bakshi Stadium in Sr...

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

NEW DELHI: The League Committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Sunday allowed I-League clubs to register six foreigners, including one Asian, on the match-day squad but permitted only four of them (under the prevailing 3+1 rule) in the playing eleven for this season beginning on October 29. Last season, the I-League clubs were allowed to register six foreign players but only four, including one Asian, were allowed on the match-day squad. India head coach Igor Stimac is not a fan of increasing the number of foreigners in the domestic leagues on the grounds that less number of Indian players will get 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...