ISL Player Auction & Draft Rules

Rs. 20 crore salary cap introduced for ISL 2

The Football Sports Development Ltd Governing Council, who control the Indian Super League, met at Mumbai on Monday to decide that clubs will be handed a salary cap of Rs. 20 crore for the upcoming season of the football extravaganza.

The body, which is represented by members from all eight franchises that compete in the ISL, also came up with new player guidelines for the second edition of the ISL.

Some of the player regulations include:

All franchises will have a salary cap of Rs. 20 crore for this year’s edition of the ISL.

The minimum number of players that teams will need to have has been pegged at 22 while no club will be allowed to have more than 25 players on their roster. Also, depending on the squad size, the maximum number of foreigners that a side can have will range between 8 and 10.

Every team will need to have at least one marquee player, eight international players, and 13 domestic players which will include the two compulsory under-23 players. Hence squad size will vary between 22 and 25.

As far as player retention’s are concerned, the Governing Council has said that as far as marquee players go, teams will have the option to retain them from the previous edition or sign a player from the open market with the prior permission from the league.

With international players, the league have decided that clubs will need to retain at least one of them. They could also choose to retain more foreign players but the maximum number of international players that franchises would be allowed to retain would be 5. Clubs are free to sign international players from the market directly.

Clubs have also been intimated that they will be able to retain a maximum of six domestic players from last season. While players who were not retained were free to sign with any ISL franchise in an open market transaction until the end of April, those who were yet to sign new contracts would enter the ISL draft, to be held on July 11, 2015.

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