The Indian Super League (ISL) has assigned every franchisee a kitty of Rs.20 crore for the second season, as per the decision taken by Football Sports Development Ltd (FSDL) Governing Council, the controlling body of the new league promoted by IMG-Reliance and Star India which includes the representatives from each of the eight teams.
Last season a few teams flexed their financial muscle to spend more than some of the other franchises and this latest development would do well to make it a level playing field for all participants.
A. ISL TO INTRODUCE SALARY CAP FOR CLUBS
a. The Indian Super League clubs to have players salary cap of Rs 20 crore for ISL season 2015.
b. Player Retention:
Marquee Player: Each club must have a minimum one marquee player. Clubs can retain their marquee player from inaugural season or are free to sign one from open market with prior approval from the League.
International Players: Club can retain a minimum of one and maximum of five international players. Additionally, clubs are allowed to contract international players by themselves through the market directly.
Domestic Players: A minimum of one and maximum of six domestic players can be retained by a club. Players who are not part of the retention list of clubs, can be signed by any ISL club in the open market until April 2015. In case they are still without contract, such players will be listed in the Domestic Draft.
c. Minimum Squad Size: Each club to have a minimum of 22 players with mandatory two developmental players in the squad. Each team would consist of one marquee, eight international and 13 domestic players including the compulsory two under-23 developmental players.
d. Maximum Squad Size: A club can have a maximum squad size of 25. Additional quota of three players can have maximum two international players.
B. ISL TO HAVE PLAYER AUCTION
a. Indian Super League will have auction for Indian players, who have played in the senior national team but missed out on the inaugural ISL season. Each club will be eligible to add only one such player from the auction list consisting of maximum 12 to 15. Those not picked through auction will form part of the Domestic Players Draft.
“The new set of rules are defined to encourage clubs in player retention, assist them in managing the player costs and provide a level playing field for each club to prepare for the second season with reasonable and broadly equitable chance of winning the ISL 2015.
“The inaugural year of ISL had brought to fore many new faces of Indian football other than the known international names. The League encourages the Clubs to retain such players to help them build an identity and fan base,” said an ISL spokesperson.