Kolkata: The AIFF has cleared the confusion over the registration and participation of amateur players in the I-League 2021-22.
As per the AIFF Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players 2021 (AIFF RSTP) amateur players may only participate in professional competitions (i.e. I-League) should such amateur players be registered in the professional registration window, according to a media statement here on Sunday.
Earlier this year a decision was taken that only professional players would be allowed to participate in the I-League 2021-22. However, keeping in mind the clubs being promoted from the second division, the League committee created an exception to allow the participation of amateur players till December 31, 2021, if they were already registered with such clubs in a professional registration period as per the AIFF RSTP.
Following the recommendation of the League Committee, the matter was referred to the Players Status & Registration, and the Legal departments for their necessary inputs, who acted as per the statutes of the RSTP.
It is pertinent to note that FIFA has approved the AIFF RSTP. In this regard, the AIFF is bound to respect its own rules which are in consonance with the FIFA RSTP. Therefore, the AIFF is not in a position to allow any amateur players registered outside the professional registration window to take the field for the I-League 2021-22 till they sign professional contracts and register themselves as professionals in the second transfer window of the 2021-22 season which opens onJanuary 1, 2022.