ISA Activity: Penalty Fever
DEBATE – “Indian Super League – a Boon or a Bane”
DATE: 08th Dec. 2016
Students of class VIII took part in a debate competition on 8th Dec 2016. The topic was “Indian Super League – a Boon or a Bane”. There were two teams comprising of four members each. Both the teams presented thoroughly researched points with conviction and confidence. The team that argued ‘for the League ‘ stole the show by bringing out all the possible points, which endorsed the view that Indian Super League was a Boon. The essential points covered in the debate are listed below.
The ISL is a boon
- ISL clubs must have at least 22 players and at best can extend up to 25 players. This total consists of 01 ISL marquee player, up to 10 international players, and 14 domestic players. Hence, it is a good opportunity for the Indian players to compete with international standards.
- It is a boon for all the Indian players because they get opportunity to both play football and develop their skills and also improve their financial status.
- Players who are exceptionally good at their game are selected and recognized by International clubs and leagues.
- ISL grassroots programme continues throughout the year. More than 5 million kids under 14 years of age have registered to receive training under this programme.
- Some Indian players like Romeo Fernandez, GurpreetSingh Sandhu and Subrata Pal have secured contracts from good clubs of Europe and Brazil.
- ISL is generating good revenue for the ISL clubs. Each club is spending around 50 crores every season and getting more than 40 crores from sponsors. Every season, the clubs are moving out from the red zone.
- The young people who own the ISL clubs do not want to enjoy this money, they want to invest this in Indian Football to make it popular like cricket. They also want to compete with professional clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal, FC Barcelona, etc.
- Youngsters are influenced by high quality telecast of ISL. It proves to be a good source of motivation for budding footballers.
The ISL is a bane
- The ISL just uses the already available basic infrastructure and does not adequately contribute to providing high quality infrastructure to the local players.
- Highly experienced recruits from around the world hog the limelight and Indian players are over shadowed.
- ISL is basically a business proposition run by a multimillion company (IMG-R), which practically owns the AIFF (All India Football Federation). As with all corporate houses, it just wants to tap the growing football market of India.
- Although it gives exposure to the Indian footballers, there is no point of taking players to train with Atletico Madrid for a month and not providing them with proper infrastructure for the rest of the year.
- Establishing new city based football clubs does not seem to be a good idea, if the age-old traditional clubs, which have produced a lot of superstars of the bygone eras are not maintained.
- Only HD broadcast will not improve the national football.
- ISL is mainly signing retired players and not giving opportunity to many of our young talented players.
- No comprehensive plan to develop and support a football culture and structure is in view. Grass root development is good but the middle level seems to have been ignored. There is a transition phase between grass root level and senior level.
This debate clearly indicates that football is still a popular game among the kids. Hope that in the days to come more and more Indian players get recognition at International levels. Wishing them all the best for their endeavors.