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DEBATE – “Indian Super League – a Boon or a Bane”

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DEBATE – “Indian Super League – a Boon or a Bane”

DATE: 08th Dec. 2016 

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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.

5 Responses to DEBATE – “Indian Super League – a Boon or a Bane”

  1. kumud munshi says:

    This write up is quite informative as well as interesting. So football fever has gripped the younger generation. Surely a good choice for kids as outdoor games are anytime better than online games.Good luck to all budding football players.Create a place for yourself on the global arena.

  2. Jyoti Mete says:

    In India it would be very useful to cultivate interest in sports other than cricket.Such activity should always be encouraged.

  3. Anmol Kamath says:

    As a participant the debate forum gives us a platform to put forth our point of view and listen to other opposite views. This also gives us various other facts and views from others which we may not be aware about. Debating is also a skill so that we can convince other attendies or the subject.

  4. Sneha Chatterjee says:

    Quiet informative report. It’s good to see how children are genuinely connected with the game and critically putting forward their perspective.

    Although ISL has been positive for the game, in my personal opinion India needs to work really hard to match up with the international standards. AIFF has a massive job on its hands. I League, India’s premier domestic competition, barely gets any national recognition. Grass root level football is in a dilapidated state, grass root development programmes should be taken seriously by AIFF and sports authorities of India. Giving motivation, adequate facilities and coaches would be a real good start.

    The success of the ISL has led to some wild and preposterous claims about the future prospects for Indian football, I firmly hope that every person involved with the sports will work their best at their own level so that we can compete with other countries at international levels. That will be Indian football’s real challenge.

    It was a commendable debate and very apt for the recognition of Indian football. Well done.

  5. Poonam Surve says:

    A very well presented report by the children. Since ISL is at its initial stage, so I believe that with time it will definitely improve and enhance the level of football among the masses. International exposure is extremely significant as the players get to play with experienced players and get trained under skilled coaches. Such international exposure will certainly be beneficial for Indian football. There is already a positive motivation among the youngsters regarding the game. Considering the present scenario of sports in India, soon we might bring home the football world cup trophy too!

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