ISL 2017-18 Team List- Three New Teams added To Indian Super League
The fourth edition of the Indian Super League will see 10 teams featuring in the competition. In a statement made on this Thursday, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), the organizers of the Indian Super League have announced that they will be inviting bids from prospective owners for one of 10 listed cities. The ISL teams consist of 10 franchises located in various parts of India. Teams include Atletico de Kolkata, Jamshedpur FC, Delhi Dynamos, Kerala Blasters, NorthEast United FC, FC Goa, Bengaluru FC, Chennaiyin FC, Mumbai City FC and FC Pune City. Each team is allowed to sign 8 foreign players with one of them being a marquee player.
The ISL’s statement proclaimed that under sanction from the AIFF, its governing body,FSDL would be inviting bids from interested entities for a maximum of three new teams to be added into the ISL roster from the fourth season onward, that is in 2017-18.
The tender for bids will be named ‘Invitation To Bid’ (ITB) and it will be available for all parties on working days between 12th-24th May 2017.
This comes only a few days after the ISL was in talks with the AIFF to expand to a 7 month format. In the meantime, two of Kolkata’s biggest clubs, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, along with Bengaluru FC have been reassured by the AIFF top brass that the I-League remains the top most division in the country with its winners qualifying for the Asian Champions League.
Mohun Bagan have also clarified that they will not be buying a team in the ISL. This brings to an end speculation that the ISL could preempt the I League as the nation’s foremost footballing division.
“Bids are invited from prospective team owners in respect of 10 cities i.e. Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cuttack, Durgapur, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, Siliguri and Thiruvananthapuram. “Subject to the ITB, one to three new winning bidders shall be enrolled and awarded the right to participate in the Indian Super League,” the statement added.
A major takeaway from the announcement is that Kolkata, being the footballing capital of the country has been selected to have a second team in the ISL, even though the second team would be unable to play any home games in the city for the next two seasons.
The ISL also said that any interested party must fulfill their stringent eligibility criteria which is mentioned in the ITB.
These criteria include future plans for operations of the team in the league, business model to be used and the specific measures to help develop the sport of football at the grassroots level in the region or city for which the party hope to win their bid. The last date for submission of the ITB with all relevant documents is 25th May 2017.
Followed closely by news that the ISL is set to be the first ever Indian football league to be featured in the next edition of the hugely popular FIFA game from the stable of EA Sports, this is a joy for all the cities which currently do not have a team of their own in the ISL but could soon get one.
With owners like Abhishek Bachchan, M.S. Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly, the celeb quotient of the league is all set to rise with the induction of new owners and new fans.
The next logical step for the ISL would be to expand to a seven-month format with games on weekends, like every other major league in the world. While that looks to be off the cards for now, watch this space for more on the ISL.
Delhi Dynamos FC
|Lalhmangaisangha ‘Sena’ Ralte||Defender|
Kerala Blasters FC
NorthEast United FC
|Mandar Rao Desai||Midfielder|
|Chinglan Sana Singh||Defender|
Atletico de Kolkata
Mumbai City FC
FC Pune City
|Nim Dorjee Tamang||Defender|