Following the end of the Indian Super League, the Reserve League will start from today. The league will be held in Goa with the participation of reserve teams from seven ISL clubs and the Reliance Foundation team. The Reserve League lasts for about a month.
The Reserve League was started with the aim of providing competition and playing time to the young players of ISL clubs. With this, fans are hoping that more clubs will focus on youth development. But the Reserve League offers great opportunities not only for young Indian players but also for Indian coaches.
It was through Khalid Jameel last season that an ISL club (North East United) appointed a permanent coach for India. Apart from Jameel, Bem Galuru’s Noushad Moose and Goa’s Derrick Pereira have also been interim clubs. There is a growing demand from fans and observers for more Indian coaches to take charge of ISL clubs in the future. Fans hope that Reserve Lee Gin will be able to make a big contribution in this regard.
Six of the eight teams playing in the Reserve League have Indian coaches. The Kerala Blasters and Jamshedpur are playing under a foreign coach. The Blasters youth squad is being prepared by Thomas Shores from Poland. Carlos Santamarina from Spain is in charge of Jamshedpur.
Noushad Moosa is preparing Bem Galuru’s youth squad for the Reserve League. Shemeel Chembakam, a Malayalee, is in charge of the Hyderabad team. The Goa team will be led by Deggie Cardoso. Mohan Das will take on Mumbai City and Cleopas Alex will take on Chennai FC. Former Indian cricketer Arata Izumi is in charge of the Reliance Foundation’s Young Champs team.