Last season, the I-League clubs were allowed to register six foreign players, but only four, including one Asian, were allowed in the match selection.
Head Coach India Igor Stimac is not a fan of increasing the number of foreigners in the domestic leagues because less Indian players will be playing.
“The League Committee has recommended (to the Executive Committee) to increase the number of foreigners to 5+1 (5 foreigners from all over the world, and one from Asia) in the squad on match day,” the AIFF said in a press release. . after the League Committee meeting.
“Of these, however, a total of four foreigners must be admitted to the playing eleven at any time on a 3+1 basis. While a foreigner on the field can be replaced by another foreign player on the bench or by an Indian player, a foreigner with an Asian quota can be replaced by another foreigner with an Asian quota or by an Indian.”
The meeting was chaired by the newly elected head of the League Committee Langhinglova Hmar, who is also a member of the Executive Committee. Also present at the meeting were Secretary General Shaji PrabhakaranDeputy Secretary General Sunando Dharamong other things.
In other key recommendations to the executive committee, Second Division League will have a total of 15 teams from across the country, plus the reserve teams from the ISL and I-League teams, with the final rounds played on a home-away basis.
“Foreign players are not allowed into the Hero Second Division League. It is no longer mandatory to have a certain number of players under the age of 22 in the roster 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 has appealed to the AIFF for retention in the I-League, which the League Committee has agreed to and the recommendation forwarded to the Executive Committee.
The committee further advised the Executive Committee that in order to encourage the participation of more Indian players, all state competitions across the country should be played without foreign players.
The League Committee also proposed to play the Indian Women’s League in multiple venues, in order to broaden the women’s game in India.
In another effort to broaden the game, the League Committee recommended doing away with the licensing criteria in the IWL and the Second Division League and the Academy Accreditations criteria in the Youth League.