New Delhi: The 2022-23 season of Hero India Super League (ISL) will kick off on October 7. With the new playoffs format and heroes from Durand Cup participating in the ISL, this season is going to be big. This season will see a longer football calendar for Indian players so that the players can get more competitive matches throughout the year.
This year, India’s biggest football league is going to be special as the fans will return to the stadiums after a gap of two seasons. To make it convenient for the fans, this season the matches will be played between Thursday and Sunday so that people can spend their weekends watching football. This has been done with an aim to stage ISL among one of the major football leagues in the world.
The season will begin on October 7 with last season’s runners-up Kerala Blasters hosting East Bengal FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. The league stage will go on till February 2023, while the playoffs, semi-finals and finals will be played in March.
Check the full schedule here.
New playoffs format:
Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) has also introduced a new format for the league, adding two games to the calendar. The top two teams in the league stage will automatically qualify for the semis, while the teams finishing between 3rd and 6th will feature in a single-leg playoff to fight for the two spots in semi-finalists.
Eliminator 1: 3rd placed team vs 6th placed team
Eliminator 2: 4th placed team vs 5th placed team
Semi-Final 1: 1st Leg: 1st placed team vs (Winner – Eliminator 2)
Semi-Final 2: 1st Leg: 2nd placed team vs (Winner – Eliminator 1)
Semi-Final 1: 2nd Leg: (Winner – Eliminator 2) vs 1st placed team
Semi-Final 2: 2nd Leg: (Winner – Eliminator 1) vs 2nd placed team
Final: Winner Semi-Final 1 vs Winner Semi-Final 2