The I-League Qualifiers round will begin here on October 8 to kick off Indian football season hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the All India Football Federation said on Wednesday.
Five clubs will battle it out for a single I-League qualification spot at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata and the Kalyani Municipal Stadium in Kalyani, West Bengal.
The Qualifiers will be played in a round-robin format among ARA FC, Bhawanipore FC, Garhwal FC, FC Bengaluru United and Mohammedan SC.
“The I-League qualifiers are an important event as it gives a number of teams the chance to qualify for this pan-India league,” said AIFF Leagues CEO Mr. Sunando Dhar.
“It is unfortunate that these teams missed out on the opportunity to gain promotion last season due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he continued. “That is why this is a unique opportunity for them to make it to the I-League this season. Wishing them all the very best in their endeavours.”
Because of the worsening outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the I-League Qualifier 2020 will be conducted while ensuring maximum safety for all the players and officials involved, keeping them in a Bio—Bubble for the duration of the tournament.