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ISL’s 7th Season to take place in one State

The Indian Super League’s seventh edition was planned for November to March behind closed doors. With the coronavirus restrictions in place in many part of the country, there is a good chance that they will be held in one State. A couple of days ago, Goa and Kerala were the two options to hold the country’s premier league.

“Goa is definitely one of the States. Kerala cannot be an option because it does not have (enough) stadiums,” said Kushal Das, secretary of the All India Football Federation.

Kochi has only one stadium. To go to Kozhikode would require travelling. Even for Thiruvananthapuram, the teams would have to travel. Mr. Das stated the AIFF wants to avoid travel as much as possible.

However, the decision hasn’t yet been made and the federation is looking for best possible options. Mr. Das has stated that they would make the final decision by the end of this month.

Kerala Football Association secretary P Anilkumar feels that Goa is the favourite to host the ISL.

“Goa is preparing to host the National Games and the under-17 women’s World Cup camp will also be held there. So everything seems to be in control. In Kerala’s case, some five lakh people from other countries are expected to come here in the next two months or so. So we don’t know what the (coronavirus) situation will be here then,” he said.

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