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The Indian FA have chalked out plans to implement a rule that would allow teams to field four foreigners in their starting XI's...

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is just ready to dole out perks to the proposed new clubs in the I-League. The federation is considering allowing these new clubs to increase the number of foreigners that they can bring into their squads. Currently every I-League club is allowed to buy four foreigners, but allowed to field only three of them during I-League games.

However the AIFF is pondering over allowing teams to field all four foreigners in a single game. But this rule, which is to be discussed in the next Executive Committee meeting, has a tradeoff. The amendment would bar the use of overseas players in other tournaments apart from the I-League and Federation Cup.

Such a move is expected to take the sheen away from the Calcutta Football League (CFL). The Indian FA had tried to implement a similar initiative in 2005, but faced stiff opposition from the Indian Football Association (IFA) and Goa Football Association (GFA) thereby resulting in the rule being scrapped.

“Increasing the number of foreigners in the I-League could be a necessity,” said an AIFF official to The Telegraph. “The new corporate clubs can come up in the month of May. Since the transfer window would be opened on June 9, these clubs would find it difficult to lure away quality players from the existing clubs. Having more foreigners would help them,” he added.

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