Indian football season 2020-2021 is under big threat not only because of the current coronavirus outbreak but also the Indian Premier League which was originally scheduled for April 29.
But there is a good news for all the fans. All India Football Federation general secretary Kushal Das is very much hopeful that the Indian football season will begin in the month of September or October.
Indian Football Season To Begin From September, October, Full Story
All the sporting activities in India were suspended on 15th of March including I-League, Indian Super League and also the cricket series between India and South Africa.
“The Ministry of Sports has given us guidelines on training and has allowed sports to resume without spectators. But I believe that team sports and contact sports will take some time to resume. We have the U17 Women’s World Cup in February 2021 and we would like to start training as soon as possible. Then we have AFC (Asian Football Confederation) U16 Championship in September. But AFC has not yet postponed the dates but I am hopeful they will do it.
“The Indian football season usually starts around September. Hopefully, we can start the season with no spectators or limited spectators (as per directives from the government). We are still a few months away. But I am hopeful that the situation will improve and we can start the season in either September or October,” stated the administrator during a webinar conducted by SPIA Asia
All India Football Federation (AIFF) along with FIFA are helping out the clubs in these circumstances. The AIFF has already made a announcement that clubs are allowed to negotiate with newly signed players to initiate payment from the start of the season than when they signed with the club.
“Clubs are wondering and a little worried about how to cope with the situation. We have allowed them flexibility regarding player contracts. We have given them the opportunity to mutually discuss and come to a conclusion about the player contracts that are coming to an end on May 31, as our season also ends from May 31. It is not going to be easy as there is a legal issue. We have also allowed the clubs to pay the new players from the season start date instead of the date that they have they have signed. But again, it has to be agreed mutually. Moreover, we are also trying to look to giving direct support to the clubs along with FIFA. But that is work in progress.”
But is it really that only the coronavirus is the threat ? No, Indian Premier League popularly known as IPL is also a threat for Indian football. But probably it won’t affect the I-League but it will surely affect Indian Super League.
ISL is owned by both Reliance Foundation and Star Sports. Also the Star Sports Network is the official broadcaster for IPL and ISL. IPL was scheduled to begin from 29th April but was suspended indefinitely.
Now that the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 which is set to be held in Australia is very likely to be suspended till 2022 which opens up a spot for the IPL in September and October month. It is also the time when Indian football season begin.
Well, we all hope that Indian football season begin as soon as possible and we get to see football rolling in the football pitch.