Footballing fever returns to India as the brand new season of the Indian Super League is all set to kickstart. ISL 2021-22 starting date is finally confirmed, the 8th season of the topmost football league of India will kick off with the first match on 19 November 2021.
Indian Super League and I league have been the main patrons of football in India. Ever since its establishment, ISL has increased the popularity of football all over India as more and more people have started following the sport and taking an interest in Indian football.
With marquee players and experienced veterans, the tournament has laid the foundation for the growth of football in India. Indian footballers are getting world-class exposure as they share the dressing room with some of football’s greats. Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming season of ISL 2021/22 season, including ISL fixtures and where to watch live streaming games.
ISL 2021-22 Starting Date, Fixtures & Schedule
After seven successful seasons, one of India’s topmost professional football leagues, the Indian Super League, is set to return for its 8th consecutive season.
The dates for the new ISL season are here. ISL 2021/22 is set to commence from 19 November 2021. The tournament will be played till March, with the final scheduled on 20 March 2022.
Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 fixtures are not yet revealed by the organisers but expected to announce a couple of months before the kickoff.
The official venues for ISL 2021/22 are yet to be announced. ISL 2020-21 season was held in Goa because of the pandemic, and it is reported that the new season of ISL will once again be hosted in Goa.
Fatorda Stadium, GMC Athletic Stadium and Tilak Maidan stadium are the three venues that will host ISL matches.
ISL 2021-22 Teams
10 teams will contest in Indian Super League 2021/22. Mumbai City FC is the defending champion after winning the 2020 ISL. Mumbai became the first team to win both ISL and League Winner’s shield in the same year.
|ATK Mohun Bagan||West Bengal||Kolkata|
|NorthEast United||Northeast India||Guwahati|
|East Bengal||West Bengal||Kolkata|
ISL 2021/22 New Rules
The FSDL, in consultation with the AIFF, has introduced some rule changes for ISL. These rules will be implemented from the 2021/22 season. The changes are as follows.
- Maximum 6 Foreign players can be signed by a club.
- One out of the six players should compulsorily be a player of Asian Origin.
- Minimum 7 Indian players in one team should compulsorily be present on the field at any point of time.
- The number of development player signings have been increased to 4 players.
- 2 Development players should be a part of the matchday squad.
- A club will have maximum squad strength of 35 players including 3 registered Goalkeepers.
ISL 2021/22 Salary Cap
The salary cap for ISL 2021/22 season is increased to ₹16.5 Crores.
How to watch ISL 2021/22 Live Telecast?
Star Sports network will telecast all ISL Matches live on TV channels – Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 3. The tournament will be live-streamed on Disney+Hotstar and JioTV in India.
ESPN+ will stream ISL 2021-22 matches in the USA and Canada. ISL will be streamed on Fox Sports in Australia. HotstarUK will stream ISL in the UK.