ISL season 7 to be held behind closed doors from November; Kerala, Goa to host


New Delhi: The season 7 of Indian Super League (ISL) will be held behind closed doors from November to March. It is likely that the matches will be hosted by Kerala and Goa.

In a meeting with ISL club CEOs and ISL organisers Football Sports Development Ltd (FSDL) on Monday, holding the league behind closed doors was discussed keeping in mind the COVID-19 situation in the country.



Apart from Kerala and Goa, the other locations that is being explored to host all the matches are North East and West Bengal.

However, Kerala and Goa are likely to have preference over others based on the successful tackling of Covid pandemic in the states.

However, a final decision will be taken after discussions with central and state governments.

During the meeting, it was also decided that the teams will be staying inside biosecure bubbles to ensure there is no breach of health protocols. The England-West Indies three-match Test series will be an example where players of both teams have been staying inside biosecure bubbles.

The window for the seventh edition of ISL will be from November to March although no date as to when it will start has been decided yet.

The ISL, from this season, has made it mandatory for its participating clubs to have one Asian international player in their squad from the upcoming 2020-21 season.

As per the ISL player guidelines provided to all the clubs by FSDL, each club is also mandated to have two developmental players born in or after 2000 in the squad of 18 for each match.

The ISL, which is now the country's top league, will still have five foreigners on the pitch but from next season there will also be one Asian player in the squad.

Further, each club will have a minimum squad of 25 and a maximum of 35 from next season. Till last term, the squad size was maximum of 25 players, but with an eye on helping more youngsters get an opportunity, it has been increased.

A minimum of five and maximum of seven international players can be signed by a club including the Asian recruit. Each club can have a minimum of 18 and maximum of 30 domestic players.

(With added inputs from IANS)

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