Indian Super League

Director of football plays down impact of 'four foreigners' rule on FC Goa

Mudeet Arora
FC Goa DOF comments on ISL's four foreigners rule
FC Goa DOF comments on ISL's four foreigners rule / Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

FC Goa's director of football, Ravi Puskar, says his club will not be affected by the Indian Super League's new 'seven Indians and four foreigners' rule.

The four foreigners rule was announced by the ISL earlier in June, which outlined that the 2021-22 season will see the compulsory fielding of a minimum of seven Indian footballers on the field at any given time.

Last season's semi-finalists, the Gaurs have a track record for signing the highest number of foreign players in the ISL - but Puskur doesn't think the new rule will impact them too much.

"I don’t see it as a disadvantage for us next season because we have a very good spine," Puskur told the Times of India. "We have multiple options now on the pitch. We should be fine.

"An example of this was in the AFC Champions League, which was a great testing ground for us against extremely high-quality opposition. A large majority of the squad who competed in the ACL will be with us next season. We can only get stronger.

"We are not worried that we will have four foreigners on the pitch. We will have two foreigners on the bench next season, a luxury which we didn’t have last season or in the ACL."

Puskur then went on to highlight last season, when FC Goa made it to the ISL semi-final against all-odds, adding: "If you look at how we began last season, we did well with a brand-new team. Given how we progressed, there was some sense of un-fulfilment.

"We lost a game in December against Chennaiyin FC, which was our seventh game. To get knocked out despite being unbeaten is disappointing. Are we happy with our performance? Yes. Are we satisfied with the result? No."

The Indian Super League is tentatively scheduled to return back for the 2021-22 season in November.