Indian Women’s League and World Cup has not affected due to COVID-19. According to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel, the change in schedule for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will not affect the Indian team’s preparation. The marquee event is postponed by three months and is now scheduled to take place from February 2021. Initially, it was scheduled to be held from November 2020 but the COVID-19 pandemic made the authorities postpone the event.
The AIFF President stays optimistic
Praful Patel said that the postponement will not really affect the host team. The team was getting ready keeping in mind the November schedule. He further stressed that things are on track and everyone including the organising committee and the team is ecstatic. Mr Patel is hoping that football activities resume at the earliest and he was in touch with AFC and FIFA.
AIFF’s decision on foreign players in I-league
The AIFF committee has decided to go with the 3+1 recruit rule where 3 players can be foreigners and 1 Asian in the side. This shall be implemented from the 2020-21 season. The decision was taken in an online Executive Committee meeting.
AIFF has urged Indian Super League organisers FSDL to work with them and let the Executive Committee know about the way forward for foreign recruits in the next few months. The apex body wants this plan at the earliest so that it can be implemented in the 2021-22 season.
The need for Indian Women’s League
The federation wants the I-League and the ISL clubs to form women’s team for the Indian Women’s League. The committee said that in India women’s football will sustain if clubs participate in more numbers.
To honour the passing away of Indian football legends, PK Banerjee, Chuni Goswami, Abdul Latif, Ashok Chatterjee and Rajendra Mohan the committee observed a one-minute silence. The attendees of the virtual meeting included senior vice president Subrata Dutta, General Secretary Kushal Das, FSDL CEO Martin Bain and a host of other executive committee members.
Indian Football is currently going through a transitional phase. Recently, I-League was placed with ISL as the country’s top league drawing criticism from all quarters. This was done as part of AIFF’s new roadmap and the willingness to raise the standard of football in the country. We still do not know if it was the right move or not. As lovers of the ‘beautiful game’ and supporters of Indian football we just hope that our Indian team does the best at the international stage.