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Indian Football: The AIFF League Committee meeting was held at Football House in New Delhi on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 and was…

Indian Football: The AIFF League Committee meeting was held at Football House in New Delhi on Tuesday 27 September 2022 and was chaired by Mr. Lalnghinglova Hmar, AIFF Executive Committee Member from Mizoram. Follow the latest updates on Indian football with InsideSport.IN

Indian Football: Big CHANGES in Domestic Football, 5+1 Foreigners Allowed in I-League, NO FOREIGNERS in Second Division League – Check Out

Also present at the meeting was AIFF’s general secretary Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran, Deputy General Secretary Mr. Sunando Dhar and League Committee Members Mr. Amit Chaudhary (Tripura), Dr. Reginold Vargese (Kerala), KP Singh (Chandigarh), Kiran Chowgule (Maharashtra), M Satyanarayan (Karnataka), Nizamuddin (Lakshadweep). Leave was granted to vice-chairmen Santanu Pujari (Assam) and Arif Ali (Uttarakhand).

The chairman of the committee, Mr Lalnghinglova Hmar said: “There is a saying that a country’s football is only as good as its domestic football. So here our job is not to lead the leagues in the routine process. Our aim is to bring these competitions to a level from which Indian football is taken forward. In the near future, we hope to take giant steps in improving all the leagues, from senior to junior level, under the AIFF banner.”

The league committee, after much deliberation, recommended increasing the number of foreigners to 5+1 (5 foreigners from anywhere in the world and one from Asia) in the matchday squad. But out of these, a total of four foreigners should be allowed to play eleven at any given 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. Hero I-League will take place on Saturday 29 October 2022.

The Hero Second Division League will have a total of 15 teams from across the country, plus the reserve teams from the Hero ISL and Hero I-League teams, with the final rounds being played on a home-away basis, the committee suggested.

Indian Football: Big CHANGES in Domestic Football, 5+1 Foreigners Allowed in I-League, NO FOREIGNERS in Second Division League – Check Out

No foreign players will be allowed in the Hero Second Division League. Having a certain number of under-22 players in the squad will no longer be mandatory in the Hero Second Division League.

The committee has further recommended to the executive committee that to encourage participation of more Indian players, all state leagues across the country should be played without foreign players.

It was also recommended that two teams be relegated from the Hero I-League to the Hero Second Division League.

Kenkre Football Club has appealed to the AIFF for retention in the Hero I-League, which the committee has sympathetically accepted; the recommendation for this has been forwarded to the executive committee.

The league committee also suggested that the Hero Indian Women’s League should be played across multiple venues to broaden the women’s game in India.

In another attempt to broaden the game, the committee recommended doing away with the licensing criteria in the Hero IWL and Hero Second Division League and the Academy Accreditations criteria in the Youth League.

Indian Football: Big CHANGES in Domestic Football, 5+1 Foreigners Allowed in I-League, NO FOREIGNERS in Second Division League – Check Out

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