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Manolo Marquez wants a longer domestic season to help Indian national football team

Hyderabad FC’s Indian Super League title winning coach Manolo Marquez has supported the idea of having more matches in a season in order to boost growth of young players in the country.

The ISL has grown by leaps and bounds since it’s debut season back in 2014 when eight teams inaugrated the league. Now, that number is up to 11.

However, the length of the season still needs sorting out as five months for a campaign is too less when compared to other leagues around the world and Marquez has spoken up about it as reported by the Times of India.

“I think a longer season with three competitions like Durand Cup, ISL and Super Cup, and in our case four – qualification for AFC Cup, will be fantastic for Indian Football. It’s impossible to get good development if you don’t train and if you don’t play.

“Six-seven months of off-season can be very long. There are better Indian players emerging after every season. They will appear more, which will increase the quality of the national team too.”, he concluded

Fans will be happy to know that there has been a decision taken by the FSDL (Football Sports Development Limited) on the extension of the Indian football calendar to nine months in accordance with European standards, ranging from August to May, next year.

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