Indian Football

I-League: Rajasthan United's I-League hopes could be dashed due to lack of infrastructure

Arjun Singh Devgan
The I-League is India's second-tier football competition
The I-League is India's second-tier football competition / I-League
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Rajasthan United emerged as one of the fairytale stories of last season after they pulled of one of the most improbable improbable heists in Indian football when they topped the qualifiers on debut and progressed to the I-League.

Rajasthan finished an impressive sixth in the I-League last season, becoming the first club from the state to play in the league. However, their progress could be hit due to the lack of infrastructure in Rajasthan at the moment.

"The last season was played inside a bi0-secure bubble in Kolkata so there were no issues. Now we've been told that the next edition will be played on a home and away basis and we need to identify a home stadium," co-founder, Rajat Mishra said.

The major problem in the state is that they do not have a stadium that meets the criteria of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) as the state league was played at the ground of the Poornima University which do not have proper dressing rooms, media gallery or enough space to accommodate the fans.

The Sawai Mansingh Stadium which is more famously known for hosting the games of the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has emerged as the best option as it is best suited to host their games.

"We have written to the state association and appealed to the state government for help. It is imperative that they support us. The Sawai Mansingh Stadium is best suited to host the I-League games and can tick all the boxes," Mishra added.

The club management have reiterated that they need support from the state government and corporates like other states in order to thrive.

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