ISL: Six Indian players rule will help develop local talent, say Coaches
Indian Super League's new rule of mandatory six Indian players on the field at all times in a match has been lauded by foreign coaches who said this will help develop local players. Until last season, six foreigners can be on the field but that has been changed to five this season. This meant six Indians will have to be on the field at all times of a match. "Rubbing shoulders with top players has made a huge difference to Indian footballers. You see them play with marquee signings and come up against top class forwards and midfielders and it automatically builds their confidence and the game. The ISL has played a huge role in this development," said Jamshedpur FC coach Steve Coppell.
Husain of Jamshedpur (L), ATK's Jayesh Rane, NEUFC's Lalrempuia Fanai and Albino Gopmes pose with the trophy during the Indian Super League media day in Kolkata on Sunday. Pic/PTI
"It's a good decision to have six Indians on the pitch at all times and it means Indians getting more chances to play and show their skills," Man United great and ATK coach Sheringham said at the ISL Media Day. "We don't have a marquee signing this year but you'll see that we have invested our money in young Indians, who will not just come on for 10 minutes but will form an integral part of my squad," explained Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory.