India’s top-flight football league, Indian Super League has gained worldwide fame. It is among the most followed leagues in the world. India has been badly hit by the Coronavirus pandemic. But here’s good news for all the Indian football fans.
ISL has officially announced that the 2020-21 season will be held in Goa from November.
The 7th edition of ISL will be played behind closed doors at three venues in Goa: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda; GMC Athletic Stadium, Bambolim and Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco.
Mrs Nita Ambani, Founder & Chairperson of Football Sports Development Limited, said in an official statement: “I am delighted to bring the ISL Season 7 to the state of Goa, from where we had left the action last season. Congratulations to the beautiful state of Goa and their passionate fans of football, as they once again become the epicentre of the beautiful game in India!”
“Sport is one of the greatest expressions of solidarity and a source of happiness for people around the world. My gratitude to all our clubs, players, and staff for their fortitude and resilience during these unprecedented times. I look forward to the upcoming season of ISL as we showcase, through football, the triumph of the human spirit in fighting the pandemic with hope and courage.”
ISL has achieved many milestones in recent times as well. Nita Ambani highlighted some of the remarkable milestones:
- ISL’s recent membership of the World League Forum
- City Football Group’s investment in Mumbai City FC
- ATK’s merger with Mohun Bagan
- ISL’s emergence as the fourth most popular league on social media with 38 million fan interactions
All these things indicate the phenomenal rise of Indian football. Since the last six years, ISL has helped Indian football to gain its rightful place in world football.
FSDL and Goa authorities are cooperating with each other to ensure a safe and successful season. FSDL has already planned to undertake upgradation of pitch and drainage refurbishment/maintenance, floodlights and competition area uplift including players dressing rooms at each of the three stadiums.
FSDL also plans to provide an individual training pitch to each club. They have identified 10 training pitches in Goa, which will be upgraded before ISL begins in November.
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