FC Goa In Goa Pro League
The ISL teams are slowly getting integrated to Indian Football. This time it is FC Goa, who are all set to feature in the Goa Pro League.
FC Goa have made a formal request to the GFA to join the Goa Pro League in the upcoming season. The executive committee which meets on Friday, are likely to give FC Goa the green light. The club will get a direct inclusion after a payment of Rs 10 lakh.
With FC Goa's inclusion, the GPL will be a 12 team affair now, Will the GPL and ISL running simultaneously, FC Goa will be fielding a reserve side the GPL.
“As a club, we continue to strive to achieve our objectives of producing and nurturing Goan talent and we are confident that by investing in this team, we will take a step in the right direction. It will allow us to provide a natural pathway for current and future generations of footballers looking to play professionally,” the club’s chief of operations, Rahul Rodrigues, wrote in a letter to GFA president Elvis Gomes last week.
“With your approval, we intend to build a squad comprising of some of the best young and emerging talent in the state and allow them to test themselves against a high standard of opposition. We also see this as an opportunity for us to test players who may represent our first team in the ISL during the next edition,” said Rodrigues.
This is not the first time that an ISL franchise has extended their realms outside the glitz and glamour of the Indian Super League. FC Pune City has paved the way for others, fielding a women's team in the IWL. They have also participated in the U-16 and U-18 youth leagues. Atletico De Kolkata have also been fielding reserve and youth sides in the divisional leagues of Kolkata.