Premier League Soccer - General Discussion

usaindiausaindia 1192 PointsU19 International
edited February 2012 in Premier League Soccer
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  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata4120 PointsU23 Olympian
    IFA announces launch of Premier League Soccer
    Kolkata, Apr 25 (PTI)

    The Indian Football Association today announced the launch of Premier League Soccer which will be held in January-March next year to develop the sport and its infrastructure in the region.


    Taking a cue from the successful Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket, PLS initially will have six franchises to be chosen through competitive bidding for 10 years with successful bidders paying a yearly franchise fee.

    Only limited companies with a minimum net worth of Rs 10 crores could bid for a franchisee license.

    The six franchise towns will be Kolkata, Howrah, Barasat, Asansol, Midnapore and Siliguri, IFA said in a release.

    "The USP will be each team will have one icon player and three quality overseas layers. The icon players will be an overseas player with great repute, preferably someone who has represented his country in International matches. Each team can sign a maximum of 25 players," it said.

    The team composition will have a maximum three overseas players, one overseas player of Asian origin; minimum five catchment players; minimum six players of U-21 years and maximum 10 from anywhere in India.

    "The vision is to create a world class sports infrastructure across Bengal to raise the level of the sport," the release said.

    Each team will be headed by an overseas coach with FIFA/UEFA A License and with proven track record.

    PLS will be working as an autonomous and professional body under the license of IFA and will be headed by its Board of Governors.
  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata4120 PointsU23 Olympian
    excellent proposition. hope companies respond to it
  • AdminAdmin 232 PointsU16 International
    Interesting idea...might be good
  • archakarchak 2063 PointsU23 Olympian
    excellent proposition. hope companies respond to it
    The competetions idea has been for around a year or more. So that means IFA have found enough sponsors to hold the tournament. Meanwhile the budget of the tournament is Rs. 25 Crores.
  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata4120 PointsU23 Olympian
    25 crores is just awesome! A whole i leauge is done in 6-7 crores. So it can be made big. Etv bangla can be roped in as they have wide reach evn in the rural areas
  • archakarchak 2063 PointsU23 Olympian
    "The vision is to create a world class sports infrastructure across Bengal to raise the level of the sport," the release said.
    Quite Interesting to know that IFA finally understood the importance of Infrastructure.
    Somesh I think Etv Bangla cannot be roped in because IFA has a contract with kolkata tv
  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata4120 PointsU23 Olympian
    1. PLS initially will have six franchises to be chosen through competitive bidding
    2. 10 years' deal for franchisees
    3. successful bidders will pay a yearly franchise fee.
    4. Only limited companies with a minimum net worth of Rs 10 crores could bid for a franchisee license.
    5. The six franchise towns will be Kolkata, Howrah, Barasat, Asansol, Midnapore and Siliguri . You can take my word, all these towns have huge huge football following!
    6. Each team will have one icon player and three quality overseas players
    7. max 3 overseas players, 1 overseas player of Asian origin; min 5 catchment players; min 6 players of U-21 years and max 10 from anywhere in India.
    The '6 catchment players' criteria is superb. It will throw up new talents from remote areas of asansol, midnapore, siliguri like IPL threw up S. Tiwary, Manish Pandey etc
    8. Each team will be headed by an overseas coach with FIFA/UEFA A License and with proven track record.
  • usaindiausaindia 1192 PointsU19 International
    i would be happy if playing conditions improved for the league
  • archakarchak 2063 PointsU23 Olympian
    The catchment area criteria is required because most teams would buy most of their players from rest of india. They wouldnot give a thought about developing local players.
  • jose12jose12 2 Points
    Will the AIFF allow it?
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