The 14th version of Hero I-League will kick off on January 9 subsequent yr in Kolkata, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) mentioned on Saturday. The 11 collaborating groups will probably be required to enter a bio-secure bubble 14 days previous to their first match in line with the schedule, which will probably be issue a statement about shortly. The matches will probably be telecast reside on 1Sports.
Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the earlier version of the second-tier league was stopped abruptly before soccer motion resumed in India by means of the I-League Qualifier in October this yr. The West Bengal govt and Indian Football Association (IFA) joined arms with the AIFF to organise the qualifiers efficiently.
Sunando Dhar, CEO, Leagues, lauded the stakeholders for his or her “unconditional support” in staging the tournaments with none fuss.
“We can’t thank government of West Bengal and IFA enough for their unconditional support to hosting the Hero I-League Qualifier this year. Without their support, we couldn’t even think of hosting the tournament smoothly,” mentioned Dhar.
“Hero I-League Qualifier was a stage rehearsal for the next edition of Hero I-League as it’ll be a longer and more challenging tournament from every single aspect. We’ll work with them hand in hand to make it a grand success and we’re confident to pull it off successfully,” he added.
All the 11 groups will face one another one time within the first leg of the league before they’re divided into two distinct teams.
The prime six groups, in line with the factors desk, will face one another one time once more to determine the winner whereas further 5 groups will play in anticipation of one another in a one-leg league format.
The workforce with most factors (cumulative factors collected from all fifteen matches) would be the winner of the I-League 2020-21.
The event will probably be organised by adhering to the COVID-19 regulations launched by the union health ministry and no spectator will probably be allowed inside a stadium throughout a match.
[ Attribution HT]