I-League: AIFF reschedules Phase 2 games due to heatwave concerns

Arjun Singh Devgan
The afternoon games in I-League have been rescheduled by AIFF
The afternoon games in I-League have been rescheduled by AIFF /

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday rescheduled the timings of the Phase 2 fixtures of the ongoing I-League 2021/22 season following calls by the Football Players' Association of India (FPAI) to move the games due to intense heatwave conditions in West Bengal.

A number of games in the ongoing I-League 2021/22 season which is taking place in West Bengal have had a kickoff time of 3pm, though that was a major issue for the FPAI considering that the MeT office on Monday issued a severe heatwave warning across Bengal.

"With the prevalent heat conditions existing in the state of West Bengal wherein the maximum temperatures are touching 40 degrees Celcius, it is rather unfortunate that the I-League organisers are conducting matches at 3pm in the afternoon," a statement from the FPAI read.

"The health ministry's notification states that people should stay indoor during this heat wave and the conditions are far from conducive to even walk on the road, while the players are playing 90 minute matches. It is rather sad and unfortunate that the Federation and league organisers of the country have no concern on the health hazard faced by professional footballers playing in these extreme conditions.

"We would once again urge the Federation to reschedule the 3pm matches keeping in the mind the health and safety of the footballers."

Keeping in mind the announcement made by the MeT office and the plea of the FPAI, the All India Football Federation announced a change in the schedule of the matches that were supposed to be played in the 3.00pm slot.

The AIFF confirmed that from now on all the games that were previously scheduled to be played at 3pm have been shifted to an hour later and will now be played at 4pm.