Monday, Jan 01, 2024 23:30 [IST]
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GANGTOK,: The second season of Sikkim Premier League (SPL), a
franchise-based football league, is scheduled to kick-off from the last week of
January 2024 with the sponsorship of the Sikkim government. It is organised by
Football Development Private Ltd (FDPL) under the aegis of Sports & Youth
a media conference here on Sunday, FDPL executive member Nirmal Chettri said
the SPL season 2 kicks off from the last week of January 2024 with plans to
conclude by March first week considering General Elections taking place in
2024. The first SPL was a huge success and as directed by Chief Minister PS
Golay, we are making all efforts to make the second season even better, he
was formed by former international and national footballers of Sikkim including
Nirmal Chettri, Sanju Pradhan, Bikash Jairu, Nim Tshering Lepcha and Robin
has eight franchises – two from Gangtok and Namchi districts, and one each from
Pakyong, Geyzing, Mangan and Soreng districts. The league venues are Bhaichung
Stadium in Namchi and Paljor Stadium in Gangtok with the matches scheduled on
mid-week and weekends.
A total of
32 matches would be played including 28 league matches, two semi-final games,
third place play-off and the final. Each franchise can register a maximum of 25
players consisting of three foreign players, four outstation players and 18
local players including two u-19 players.
match, maximum two foreign players and two outstation players can be fielded.
One u-19 player has to be mandatorily in the playing XI.
As per the
organisers, the SPL season 2 will not have an auction of players.
SPL, the leagues and tournaments at the district level and rural areas are
coming up and the club culture has begun. The SPL is giving maximum priority to
local players and the quality and standard of Sikkim Football is on the rise,”