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Goa to host ISL 2020-21 in 3 different locations across the state, November onwards

The authorities are even planning on dedicating a separate training pitch for each ISL club.

The much-awaited 7th season of Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21, is all set to be held in the sunny state of Goa, November onwards. This tournament is slated to be hosted at 3 different sites across the state, like Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Fatorda), GMC Athletic Stadium (Bambolim) and Tilak Maidan Stadium (Vasco).

Matches probably to be held without on ground spectators

The Sports Minister of Goa has assured that the ISL will be conducted as per the standard operating procedures and guidelines of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic at hand. The matches will be held without spectators on ground but if any cure for this virus comes to play in the near future, this rule might be reformed. Since there'll also be booking of hotel rooms for the players for a significant amount of time, it is being assumed that the stakeholders in the tourism sector will profit substantially.

The authorities are even planning on dedicating a separate training pitch for each ISL club and 10 such training pitches have already been recognized for this purpose. The organisers have even chalked out an extensive plan which is required to upgrade the facilities here- like the refurbishment of existing provisions and so on.

The Founder & Chairperson of Football Sports Development Limited, congratulated the team and further stated, "Over the last six years, ISL has played a key role in helping Indian football find its rightful place in the global arena. In this short period, we have crossed several 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, and ISL's emergence as the fourth most popular league on social media with 38 million fan interactions, are all indicators of the phenomenal rise of Indian football."

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It will be interesting to witness the teams and the authorities pulling this one off because this format is unseen and unheard of. This pandemic has us reforming our everyday life and an event of this stature, definitely would require heaps of planning and mindful execution, in every step of the way.

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