The Federation’s League Committee meeting was chaired by Lalnghinglova Hmar over video conferencing on Monday, March 27.
Secretary General Dr Shaji Prabhakaran, was present in the meeting, along with Committee Members M Satyanarayan, Dr Kiran Chowgule, Dr Reginold Varghese, Amit Chaudhuri and Caitanno Fernandes.
The Committee, in its first order of the day, decided that the Indian Women’s League shall start from April 25, 2023. The Committee took this decision to ensure there was enough gap between the IWL and the 27th Senior Women’s National Football Championships 2022-23.
Sticking to the matter of the IWL, the Committee took a decision to increase the number of foreigners to three, with a maximum of two allowed on the pitch at the same time. This was considered after clubs had requested the same.
The 2022-23 season of the IWL will see a format of having 16 teams split into two groups. The top four teams from each group will qualify for the knockout stage consisting of quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. The top eight teams will get direct slots in next season’s IWL, which will be played on a home and away format.
The Committee also decided to include East Bengal FC in the IWL season after much deliberation, in the interest of developing and growing the league. The IFA (West Bengal) had requested that East Bengal FC be considered for inclusion this season.