- All You Need to Know About Indian Super League(ISL) 2022-23 –
The Indian Super League is back.
The 2022/23 Indian Super League season kicks off on Friday (7th October) with a big game between Kerala Blasters FC and East Bengal. The opening match will be held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. The tournament’s ninth season will see the return of the home-away format after the past two years of competition being held behind closed doors.
The final two seasons of the competition were held behind closed doors in Goa due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2022 final was the only game in recent editions that allowed fans to watch the game from the stadium. The 2022/23 season will see the ISL return to 100% capacity at the ground.
The 2022 season will begin in October and the league phase will continue until February 27th. All 11 teams will meet each other twice over the next five months, with a total of 110 matches in the first round. The playoffs will take place in March 2023. All 11 teams will play their home games at their homes.
Defending champions Hyderabad FC kick off their ISL campaign on 9 October with a match against Mumbai City FC. The match between Jamshedpur FC and Mumbai City FC will take place at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune. Jamshedpur FC, who won the League Shield last season, will face Orissa FC in the first match at his JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur.
A stunning Kolkata derby between ATK Mohun Bagan and East Bengal takes place on 29th October at Yuba Bharati Krirangan. The two teams will meet in the second leg on February 25th. Two Eliminators are played after the league phase games are completed. The semi-finals will also be played at home. The eliminator, semi-finals, and finals are scheduled to take place in March next year.
-New ISL Playoff Format-
Ahead of the 9th ISL, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) has introduced a new playoff format to India’s top soccer league. Previously, the top four teams at the end of the league stage qualified for the playoffs.
According to the new playoff format, the top two teams will automatically advance to the semi-finals at the end of the league stage. Meanwhile, teams finishing between 3rd and 6th will compete in a one-game playoff to determine the two remaining finalists.
3rd placed team vs 6th placed team
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
(Winner Semi-Final 1) vs (Winner Semi-Final 2)
The 2022-23 ISL season welcomes spectators to stadiums even after two seasons suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions. It also made it easier for fans to get into games, as they can now expect them to be played primarily on weekends. With each game week scheduled for Thursday through Sunday in the upcoming season, the ISL is more aligned with the top leagues around the world.
Each ISL club can register a minimum of 25 players and a maximum of 35 players. This includes six overseas players. One of the overseas players must be from an Asian country.
There are seven new(-ish) coaches in this year’s tournament with former India coach Stephen Constantine returning home, this time in charge of East Bengal. Joseph Gombau is also back for a third time with Odisha after coaching them during their transition from the Delhi Dynamos between 2018 and 2020.
ATK MOHUN BAGAN:
Goalkeepers: Vishal Kaith, Arsh Saini, Debnath Mondal
Defenders: Brendan Hamill, Florentin Pogba, Pritam Kotal, Subhasish Bose, Asish Rai, Ravi Rana, Sumit Rathi
Midfielders: Carl McHugh, Joni Kauko, Hugo Boumous, Deepak Tangri, Lenny Rodrigues, Pronay Halder, Lalrinliana Hnamte, Engson Ningombam, Abhishek Suryavanshi
Forwards: Dimitrios Petratos, Liston Colaco, Manvir Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Kiyan Nassiri
Coach: Juan Ferrando
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Lara Sharma, Amrit Gope, Sharon Padattil
Defenders: Aleksandar Jovanovic, Alan Costa, Sandesh Jhingan, Prabir Das, Wungngayam Muirang, Prabir Das, Naorem Roshan Singh, Hira Mondal, Namgyal Bhutia
Midfielders: Bruno Ramires, Javi Hernandez, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Danish Farooq, Jayesh Rane, Rohit Kumar
Forwards: Roy Krishna, Prince Ibara, Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Leon Augustine, Faisal Ali, Sivasakthi Narayanan, Harmanpreet Singh, Edmund Lalrindika, Akashdeep Singh
Coach: Simon Grayson
Goalkeepers: Debjit Majumder, Samik Mitra, Devansh Dabas, Lovepreet Singh
Defenders: Fallou Diagne, Vafa Hakhamaneshi, Sajid Dhot, Salam Ranjan Singh, Narayan Das, Ajith Kumar, Aakash Sangwan, Gurmukh Singh, Monotosh Chakladar, Balaji Ganesan, Lijo Francis, Aqib Nawab
Midfielders: Rafael Crivellaro, Julius Duker, Anirudh Thapa, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Sajal Bag, Sourav Das, Jiteshwor Singh, Mohammed Rafique, Johnson Mathews, Subhadip Majhi
Forwards: Petar Sliskovic, Kwane Karikari, Rahim Ali, Vincy Barreto, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Ninthoingamba Meetei, Jobby Justin, Jockson Dhas, Suhail Pasha, Mohammed Liyaakath
Coach: Thomas Brdaric
EAST BENGAL FC:
Goalkeepers: Kamaljit Singh, Naveen Kumar, Pawan Kumar
Defenders: Ivan Gonzalez, Charis Kyriakou, Ankit Mukherjee, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Lalchungnunga, Mohammed Rakip, Sarthak Golui, Nabi Khan, Pritam Singh, Tuhin Das
Midfielders: Alex Lima, Jordan O’Doherty, Amarjit Singh, Mobashir Rahman, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Wahengbam Luwang
Forwards: Cleiton Silva, Eliandro, Aniket Jadhav, VP Suhair, Semboi Haokip, Sumeet Passi, Naorem Mahesh Singh, Himanshu Jangra
Coach: Stephen Constantine
Goalkeepers: Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, Arshdeep Singh, Hrithik Tiwari
Defenders: Marc Valiente, Fares Arnaout, Anwar Ali, Seriton Fernandes, Aibanbha Dohling, Saviour Gama, Sanson Pereira, Leander D’Cunha, Lesly Rebello
Midfielders: Edu Bedia, Iker Guarrotxena, Brandon Fernandes, Princeton Rebello, Glan Martins, Muhammad Nemil, Lalremruata Hmar, Brison Fernandes, Ayush Chhetri
Forwards: Alvaro Vazquez, Noah Sadaoui, Phrangki Buam, Makan Chothe, Redeem Tlang, Devendra Murgaonkar
Coach: Carlos Pena
Goalkeepers: Laxmikant Kattimani, Anuj Kumar, Lalbiakhlua Jongte, Gurmeet Singh
Defenders: Odei Onaindia, Chinglensana Singh, Akash Mishra, Reagan Singh, Nim Dorjee Tamang, Manoj Mohammad, Alex Saji, Soyal Joshy, Abdul Rabeeh AK
Midfielders: Joao Victor, Borja Herrera, Hitesh Sharma, Mohammed Yasir, Sahil Tavora, Mark Zothanpuia, Sweden Fernandes
Forwards: Bartholomew Ogbeche, Javi Siverio, Joel Chianese, Halicharan Narzary, Aaren D’Silva, Rohit Danu
Coach: Manolo Marquez
Goalkeepers: TP Rehenesh, Rakshit Dagar, Vishal Yadav
Defenders: Peter Hartley, Eli Sabia, Laldinliana Renthlei, Pratik Chaudhari, Ricky Lallawmawma, Laldinpuia Pachuau, Sandip Mandi, Muhammad Uvais, Saphaba Telem
Midfielders: Wellington Priori, Germanpreet Singh, Sk Sahil, Jitendra Singh, Phijam Singh
Forwards: Daniel Chima Chukwu, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Harry Sawyer, Boris Singh, Farukh Choudhary, Ishan Pandita, Komal Thatal, Ritwik Das, Seiminlen Doungel, Nikhil Barla
Coach: Adrian Neil Boothroyd
KERALA BLASTERS FC:
Goalkeepers: Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Sachin Suresh, Karanjit Singh, Muheet Khan
Defenders: Marko Leskovic, Victor Mongil, Harmanjot Khabra, Hormipam Ruivah, Sandeep Singh, Nishu Kumar, Jessel Carneiro, Bijoy Varghese
Midfielders: Adrian Luna, Ivan Kaliuzhnyi, Sahal Abdul Samad, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Jeakson Singh, Ayush Adhikari, Givson Singh, Bryce Miranda, Nihal Sudeesh, Saurav Mandal, Vibin Mohanan
Forwards: Apostolos Giannou, Dimitrios Diamantakos, Rahul Kannoly Praveen, Bidyashagar Singh, Sreekuttan MS
Coach: Ivan Vukomanovic
MUMBAI CITY FC:
Goalkeepers: Phurba Lachenpa, Mohammed Nawaz, Bhaskar Roy
Defenders: Mourtada Fall, Rostyn Griffiths, Rahul Bheke, Amey Ranawade, Sanjeev Stalin, Mandar Rao Dessai, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Mehtab Singh, Gursimrat Singh Gill
Midfielders: Ahmed Jahouh, Alberto Noguera, Lalengmawia Ralte, Vinit Rai, Rowllin Borges, Asif Khan
Forwards: Greg Stewart, Jorge Pereyra Diaz, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Bipin Singh, Vikram Partap Singh, Gurkirat Singh, Ayush Chhikara
Coach: Des Buckingham
NORTHEAST UNITED FC:
Goalkeepers: Arindam Bhattacharja, Mirshad Michu, Nikhil Deka, Khoirom Singh
Defenders: Michael Jakobsen, Aaron Evans, Gaurav Bora, Gurjinder Kumar, Joe Zoherliana, Mashoor Shereef, Tondonba Singh, Provat Lakra
Midfielders: Jon Gaztanaga, Romain Phillippoteaux, Emanuel Lalchhanchhuaha, Emil Benny, Pragyan Gogoi, Mohamed Irshad, Imran Khan, Sehnaj Singh
Forwards: Matt Derbyshire, Sylvester Igboun, Rochharzela, Laldanmawia Ralte, Jithin MS, Gani Nigam, Dipu Mirdha, Alfred Lalroutsang, Parthib Gogoi
Coach: Marco Balbul
Goalkeepers: Amrinder Singh, Lalthuammawia Ralte, Niraj Kumar
Defenders: Carlos Delgado, Narendar Gahlot, Shubham Sarangi, Lalruathhara, Sahil Panwar, Denechandra Meitei, Nikhil Prabhu, Lalhrezuala Sailung, Deven Sawhney, Rishabh Dobriyal, Sebastian Thangmuansang
Midfielders: Osama Malik, Saul Crespo, Victor Rodriguez, Raynier Fernandes, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Thoiba Singh, Paul Ramfangzuava
Forwards: Diego Mauricio, Pedro Martin, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Nandhakumar Sekar, Michael Soosairaj, Akshunna Tyagi, Isak Vanlalruatfela, CVL Remtluanga
Coach: Josep Gombau
-STREAMING AND LIVE STREAMING-
ISL matches for the 2022-23 season will be broadcast on Star Sports Network in India. The games can also be streamed on Disney+ Hotstar.
You can also visit Rajabets TV, which broadcasts all kinds of sports matches live, to watch ISL matches for free. Rajabets TV is completely free, with no registration or payment required.