All matches of the seventh version of Indian Super League will be held in three venues in Goa, possible in November, amid strict health and security measures to take care of the COVID-19 risk, the organisers said on Sunday.
In order to minimise travelling by gamers and officals amid the pandemic, the ISL organisers had needed to host the league this time in only one state. Kerala was additionally in the reckoning to host the ISL however the organisers lastly zeroed in on Goa.
“Keeping in mind the safety and well-being of players, participants, staff members and fans amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) has decided to host the upcoming Hero ISL season across three stadiums in the state of Goa,” the ISL said in a launch.
“The passionate football state of Goa is set to host all the matches in Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2020-21,” it added.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Fatorda, Margao, the Tilak Nagar Stadium at Vasco da Gama and the GMC Athletic Stadium at Bambolim are the venues slated to host the matches with strict coaching and social distancing protocols.
“I am delighted to bring the ISL Season 7 to the state of Goa, from where we had left the action last season. Congratulations to the beautiful state of Goa and their passionate fans of football as they once again become the epicenter of the beautiful game in India,” said FSDL founder and chairperson Nita Ambani.
The announcement of the ISL got here simply days after the All India Football Federation determined to host all of the matches of I-League in Kolkata solely in view of the health and security issues due to the pandemic.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is the house floor of reigning ISL league part winners FC Goa and it has hosted India’s FIFA World Cup and the AFC Asian Cup qualifying spherical matches.The Tilak Nagar Stadium has performed host to I-League matches in addition to Goa Professional League video games. It is the house floor of Indian Arrows – the AIFF’s developmental aspect.
The GMC Athletic Stadium is the primary built-in athletics complicated in Goa. It performed host to the Lusofonia Games in 2014.The ISL is now the highest tier league in the nation whereas the I-League is the second rung home competitors. The league part winners of the ISL qualify for the AFC Champions League, the continent’s prime degree membership competitors whereas I-League winners get an computerized spot in the second tier AFC Cup.