The ISL 2022-23 is set to kicks off on October 7 with last season’s runners-up Kerala Blasters hosting East Bengal FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.
Defending champions, Hyderabad FC start their title defense on October 9 in front of their home fans against former champions Mumbai City FC at the GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium Gachibowli.
Meanwhile, the 2021-22 League Shield Winners Jamshedpur FC are in action on October 11 at the JRD Tata Sports Complex against Odisha FC.India’s biggest derby between ATK Mohun Bagan and East Bengal FC on October 29th and February 25th next year, to be played at the iconic Vivekananda Yuvabharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium) in Kolkata.
The 2022-23 season will also see the return of fans to the stadiums after a gap of two seasons. ISL has created a fixture list with matches taking place on weekends as each Matchweek is scheduled between Thursday and Sunday, bringing the ISL in line with the top global football leagues.
ISL 2022-23 season will feature 117 matches of high-octane football action across ten venues around the country. For the first time ever, the ISL league stage will run for close to five months apart from the playoffs, semi-finals and final. Each club will play 20 league matches – 10 each at home and away through the autumn till next spring as the league stage draws to a close on February 26th.
This season onwards, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) has also introduced a new playoff format for the league, adding two exciting matches into the calendar.
The top two teams at the end of the league stage will automatically qualify for the semi-finals. Teams finishing between 3rd and 6th will feature in a single-leg playoff to determine the other two semi-finalists. ISL Playoff Format:
New ISL Playoff Format:
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
Key dates for the Hero ISL 2022-23 season at a glance:
Opening Match: October 7th, 2022
Last League Stage Matchweek: February 23rd – 26th, 2023
Playoffs, Semifinals and Final: March 2023
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