As kickoff of the 2015 Indian Super League season continues to draws near, anticipation is reaching fever pitch across the country as ISL pre-season news and rumours fly in. Who will be the superstar marquees this season? Who will return? Who will move clubs? And most importantly, can Atlético de Kolkata defend their 2014 title?
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While last year’s inaugural competition saw some delays in the competition kick-off, this year’s series is scheduled for an early September start. This season will also see longer periods between game times for teams, in order to reduce player fatigue.
This year’s ISL will also see the introduction of a player salary cap, set at Rs. 20 crores, introduced to avoid over-dominance by financially stronger clubs.
Marquees and Player Rules
The 2015 ISL season will also see each team required to sign one marquee for the season, who can either be the same as last season or a new player.
Each team will also be permitted to retain foreign players from the previous season, and sign new players before the international players draft.
Domestically each team will be permitted to retain between one to six Indian domestic players, with those no resigned free to sign for other teams until April 2015. Those players who remain unsigned by April will be listed in the June domestic draft.
Team squads meanwhile will be required to have a minimum of 22 players and maximum of 25, with two development players allowed and three additional foreigners.
Unlike last season, this year’s ISL pre-season will feature player auctions for Indian players who have played for the Indian national team, but did not feature in the 2014 ISL. The player auctions, to be held in Mumbai on June 10th, will allow each club to add one player onto their rosters, eliminating them from the domestic player draft.
The 11 players currently listed to be part of the auctions are:
Robin Singh ( Lord)
Jackie Chand Singh
Team News and Movements
With Kerala Blasters next season will see David James departing from his role as manager of the club, replaced by former Crystal Palace and Tottenham winger Peter Taylor.
Chennaiyin FC appear to have kept hold of former-Italian international Marco Materazzi for the upcoming season.
David Trezeguet who featured for Pune City FC last season and Mads Junker of Delhi Dynamos have both retired prior to the upcoming season.