Indian Super League which is the top football league is set
to start the season 2020-21 by November and FSDL which organises the league put
out Standard Operating Procedures.
As the country is battling the COVID-19 pandemic currently,
all the matches of the ISL will be conducted at three venues in either Kerala
or Goa for the upcoming campaign. Media has reported that the SOP instructs the
10 clubs to be divided into three different groups. The first set will comprise
of four teams, whereas the other six sides will be segregated into two categories
of three clubs each.
Home and away matches will be played at the same venue, let’s
take an example of Group A which includes all South clubs (Bengaluru FC,
Hyderabad FC, Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters) are at one venue. So, Kerala
Blasters will play all their home games totally nine matches at the venue where
they are housed and three ‘away’ games against Bengaluru, Hyderabad and
Chennaiyin at the same place as they are in their group.”
There will be a central medical team headed by a League
Hygiene Officer, so that the health of the individuals involved in conducting
the ISL is not compromised. Furthermore, the people will be divided into a high
protection group, medium protection group and a general protection group.
Moreover, the clubs are required to rope in a Hygiene Officer respectively for
all of them too.
Team officials along with players and co-residents that
comprise of friends and family are a part of the high protection group. The
staff members of the hotel, league, broadcast, along with officials from the
club management will be put into the medium protection group. Lastly, the
accredited agency staff will be considered to be in the general protection
group. Despite of people being divided into these hierarchies, all of them will
be tested on a regular basis.
Even a health app will be launched by the league for
checking of symptoms and conducting a daily health survey. Infact, the players
will be asked to return to their training sessions in four phases. Firstly,
they will have to practice in isolation for six days post their arrival to the
venue. The footballers will also be tested twice during this time period. All
the individuals have to test negative for COVID-19 in their home city 48 hours
before arriving to the host city.
Source: ISL Media