ISL 2017 Players Draft
The ISL Draft for the 2017 edition of the Indian Super League will be held on Sunday, July 23. A total of 199 players will be a part of the Draft but not everyone is expected to be selected given the teams have already retained many of the players from the previous season.
10 teams – including the two new teams from Jamshedpur and Bengaluru – will participate in this edition of the Indian Super League, which means each of them will have a requirement for players. Eight of these teams have managed to hold on to some of the players from the previous edition which points to about 134 footballers who will get selected during the ISL Draft out of the 199 in question. Adding to that, teams will also be allowed to select up to three players apiece at the end of the Draft, with just one foreigner out of them.
|Teams||List of Players retained pre-draft|
|Atletico de Kolkata||Debjit Majumdar, Prabir Das|
|Bengaluru FC||Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Nishu Kumar, Malsawmzuala|
|Chennaiyin FC||Jeje Lalpekhlua, Karanjit Singh, Jerry Lalrinzuala (capped), Anirudh Thapa|
|Delhi Dynamos FC||None|
|FC Goa||Laxmikant Kattimani, Mandar Rao Dessai|
|FC Pune City||Vishal Kaith, Ashique Kuruniyan|
|Kerala Blasters FC||CK Vineeth, Sandesh Jhingan, Prashanth Karuthadathkuni|
|Mumbai City FC||Amrinder Singh, Sehnaj Singh, Rakesh Oram|
|North East United FC||Rowllin Borges, TP Rehenesh|
Earlier, there were talks of players being unhappy with having a draft for this season of the ISL as well, because of a couple of reasons – players could be left with lesser salaries for the season apart from having no negotiation power about which team they could join. However, these issues have been put to bed for now as the players have been left with no option but to remain a part of the draft process.
Out of the 10 teams that will be featuring in this fourth edition of the Indian Super League, eight sides have retained some of the players from the previous season. Delhi Dynamos decided to release all their players after an underwhelming previous season while Jamshedpur FC are in their first ever football season, which means they start afresh as well.
A total of 22 players have been retained by these eight teams. Teams need to have a minimum of 15 Indian players and can have a maximum of 18 players in their squads. Jamshedpur and Delhi Dynamos will start off the ISL Draft from round one while FC Pune City will join them in the second round. Chennaiyin FC aside, the six other clubs have the right to pick players up from the third round while Chennaiyin will join them in the fourth round.
There will be a total of 15 rounds during this ISL Draft and the order of picking up players will be decided by a lottery system. There will be an Instant Trading Card that teams will be allowed whereby a team can press a buzzer within 15 seconds of another team having picked a player and try and negotiate a deal to get the player over to their side.