The forthcoming season of the Indian Super League has an agenda to focus more on youth players engagement and participation in the domestic league. The star-studded football league of India and its organisers are ready to welcome the changes they made before the start of the fifth season. From now on, Clubs are allowed to register 22 players minimum and 25 players maximum to play for the club in which seven seats will be reserved for the overseas’ players. Last year, the clubs were allowed to register five youth players in the reserved squad, but it doesn’t make any sense as the youth players didn’t get the chance to play for the club despite showing good performances. Does it make a conception of the clubs that why should they spend on developing youth players if their existence doesn’t weight much?
To change the notion towards the use of Indian youth talent, ISL has another idea; In case of injury to a domestic player of the playing eleven, the club is only allowed to replace him with a reserve/ youth player. In this way, young blood will get the chance to make it to the open stage.
The organising committee also made it clear that the reserve team should only be comprised of the Youth players.
Additionally, ISL Clubs are allowed to change the domestic player from the starting eleven after every fifth match (excluding Play-offs) and 24 hours before the game. This rule has continued from the last season where an Indian player can be added or removed from the main squad in every fifth or tenth match.
The rules have made to boost the involvement of Indian youth more and more which will eventually change the DNA of Indian football. In ISL so far, foreign signings were given more chance to play rather than domestic, so these change can make them more active.