Hero Indian Super League 2020-21: First major live sporting action in country kicks-off this evening

Hero Indian Super League 2020-21: First major live sporting action in country kicks-off this evening

November 20, 2020

Marking the return of the first major live sporting action in the country, the 7th season of India’s Premier Football League — 2020-21 Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) — kicks off with the defending champions ATK Mohun Bagan squaring off against Kerala Blasters FC today (Nov. 20) at the GMC Stadium, Bambolim, Goa, at 7.30 pm.

New entrants SC East Bengal will make their Hero ISL debut playing in one of the oldest rivalries in Asian football — the Kolkata Derby.

For the first time in Hero ISL, SC East Bengal face ATK Mohun Bagan in the biggest spectacle of Indian football on Nov. 27, at the Tilak Maidan Stadium.

Hero ISL embarks on a unique season with the entire league to be played behind closed doors under a bio-secure bubble in Goa across three venues — JL Nehru Stadium (Fatorda), GMC Stadium (Bambolim) and Tilak Maidan (Vasco).

With SC East Bengal’s inclusion, the expanded League will feature an unprecedented 115 games, up from 95 last season. All 11 Clubs play each other in a double round-robin format. The top four Clubs on the points table at the end of the regular season qualify for the playoffs.

The first 11 rounds feature six double-headers — all Sundays, with Jamshedpur FC and Odisha FC playing in the first 5 pm kick off this season on Nov. 29, at the Tilak Maidan Stadium.

Last season’s League Shield winners FC Goa begin their campaign against former champions Bengaluru FC at 7.30 pm on Nov. 22, at the JL Nehru Stadium in Fatorda.

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The schedule for the remaining 55 league matches will be published in December post clarity on calendar dates of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Competitions matches, stated Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) in a press release.


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