AIFF allows second division clubs to register four foreigners

The executive committee passed several decisions regarding I-League & div. 2, while also awarding Derrick Pereira the best coach award, while a cap of 6 teams was set, per venue...

In an Executive committee meeting of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), chaired by its President, Praful Patel in Delhi on August 1, 2013, it was decided to allow the registration of four foreign recruits for second division and state leagues but only two would be allowed to play.

Besides Patel, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das, Vice-Presidents Subrata Dutta, Shrinivas V. Dempo, Larsing Sawyan, K.M.I. Mather and Treasurer Hardev Jadeja attended the meeting with the exception of Menla Ethenpa.

While IMG-Reliance also made their presentation for their proposed league, tentatively to be held in January 2014, the Committee also unanimously decided to Award the ‘Best Coach Award’ to Derrick Pereira. Pereira was chosen by the panel over three other coaches which were suggested to the committee by the AIFF’s Technical Team, general secretary and the CEO of the I-League.

The idea of having an award for the Best Junior Player (U-23) and afor the Best Referee and Assistant Referee from the 2013-14 season of the I-League was also endorsed.

As per the request of the I-League clubs, the 2013-14 edition of the I-League would be played on a home and away basis, with the fixtures for the coming season also to be decided next week in consultation with the clubs.

Furthermore, only teams with a valid license under Indian Club Licensing System will be allowed to compete in AFC Club Competitions. 

Also, the venue cap for I-League and second division league per state/city is to be 6 for 2013-14 season and five teams from 2014-15 onwards. It was also certified that performance in the local league is mandatory as an eligibility criteria for second division.

Meanwhile, the new Club Licensing Criteria for second division league has been approved. This is in synchronisation with Indian Club Licensing Regulations.

It was also approved that the physical inspection for second division clubs is to be conducted in September 2013 with the preliminary rounds to kick-off in November. The final round is to be held in February/March 2014.

The committee took strong exception to the formation of an Ad-Hoc committee by the Pondicherry Football Association (PFA) which is completely against their Constitution. The committee decided that a dialogue should be setup with the President of the Pondicherry Football Association to resolve the matter and reinstate the old Committee till the Elections in 2014. In case of failure to do so, the AIFF will set up an Ad-Hoc Committee as per its Constitution and hold the elections within the next six months.

The elections of the Andhra Pradesh Football Association (APFA) would be held at the earliest. Mr. Gulam Rabbani was appointed as the observer for the election.

The committee also approved the new AIFF Disciplinary Code which have been drafted in line with FIFA and AFC. 

It was decided that the U-19 National Championship for girls would be held in Orissa. Furthermore, the committee decided to refer to an Inspection Committee (which would be formed by the Competitions Committee) the venues for other National Age Group Competitions including the Santosh Trophy.

Meanwhile, Franco Miranda, an Executive Committee Member was named the Head of the Indian Delegation for the SAFF Championship to be held in Kathmandu in September and the committee concluded its meeting by congratulating the Indian U-16 for their recent triumph in the SAFF Championship.

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