Gokulam Kerala FC has been nominated by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to represent India in the AFC Club Championship 2020-21 after the Indian Women’s League was postponed.
In the competition, the champions of the Women’s League compete, however, since the Women’s League won’t be held, the national federation nominated the champions of the fourth edition.
AIFF secretary Kushal Das, in a letter to AFC general secretary Dato Windsor John wrote: “We would like to inform you that after having a discussion with the local organising committee (Odisha Sports), AIFF has decided to postpone the 5th edition of the Hero Indian Women’s League (HIWL) for a few months keeping in mind the monsoon, and an expected third wave of infections.”
Odisha Sports initially planned to hold the 5th edition of the tournament in close coordination with the AIFF in Bhubaneswar. However, the pandemic’s second wave hit hard, making it necessary to postpone the meeting. In keeping with its open-ended position, the League Committee has decided to conduct it in a new window subject to health parameters in the future.
AIFF confirmed in May that an Indian team would participate in the AFC Women’s Club Championship 2020-21. It was the first tournament of its kind planned by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Taking place from October 30 to November 14, 2021, the tournament will feature eight teams from eight different countries.