It is going to be an exciting year for Indian football fans with a lot of action involved.
The All India Football Federation and Football Sports Development Limited just got done with organizing the first sporting event in the country with the 2020-21 season of the Indian Super League (ISL). After delivering a remarkable season, the two bodies are already planning for the next campaign with the Super Cup also coming into the picture.
Khel Now understands that the Super Cup for the next season is likely to be held in August. That will be followed by the regular ISL season in September, thereby marking the resumption of ‘normal football’ after the pandemic.
The Super Cup for the 2020-21 season was earlier cancelled and there will be excitement surrounding the tournament which is in discussion to mark its return after two years of hiatus. The tournament was last played in 2019 when FC Goa clinched the title under current Mumbai City FC coach Sergio Lobera. Under the Spaniard, Mumbai City FC created history by winning both – the League Winners’ Shield as well as the league title. On the other hand, the race for I-League title has been a topsy-turvy one so far, with TRAU FC taking the mantle from Churchill Brothers. Thus, the Super Cup too will be one tournament among many, to watch out for in the coming months.
Moreover, keeping in mind the onset of the next edition of the ISL and the further competitions that are coming up nationally and internationally for the Indian team, it is certainly going to be an exhilarating time for Indian football fans.
In addition, plenty of factors including logistics, health concerns, the possibility of another bio-bubble and most importantly the players’ workload and inclination to participate would be deciding factors in scheduling these competitions. The AIFF and FSDL are working to make a final call on the situation.