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ISL issues guidelines for next season

The Indian Super League (ISL) has made it mandatory for its participating clubs to have one Asian player in their squad from the upcoming 2020-21 season.

ISL issues guidelines for next season


As per the ISL guidelines provided to all clubs by organiser Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), each club is also mandated to have two developmental players, born in or after 2000. ISL, 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 squad of minimum of 25 members and a maximum of 35 from next season. Till last term, the maximum squad size was 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. The salary cap for each club is Rs 16.5 crore for the 2020-21 season.

Player loans and transfer fee will not be included in the salary cap. Like last season, a marquee player shall be considered one of the international recruits, but his salary will not be included in the club’s salary cap.

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