The big change in ISL rules: The bell has rung for the All India Football domestic season. This season is going to start with the Durand Cup on October 16. But when will the ISL and Super Cup start? When can I League begin?
The Big Change In ISL Rules
The schedule of I League and I League II Division is not known yet. However, the Durand Cup group stage will be held from August 16 to September 5. The Durand Cup will end on September 18. After this, the Indian Super League will start.
ISL may start on October 6. May continue till March 18. But this time there is a big change in the format. The top two teams in the league stage will directly qualify for the semi-finals. Meanwhile, the third to sixth-placed teams will play in the knockout stages.
The third-placed team will play the sixth-placed team, and the fourth-placed team will play the fifth-placed team. These matches will be single legs. And the team that will be on top of the points table, this match will be played at their home ground. The winners of these two matches will go to the semi-finals. However, the format of the semi-final and final is not changing.
The Super Cup is scheduled to be held from April 1 to May 14, 2023. However, no final decision has been made yet on what format will be played.
There is a question about which Indian team will play in the main phase of the AFC Champions League 2023-24. 2021-’22 ISL Shield winners Jamshedpur FC will play against the 2022-’23 ISL Shield winners. The winner of this play-off match will play in the Champions League for the 2023-24 season.
Meanwhile, there will be a playoff match between the last I-League winning team Gokulam Kerala FC and the winning team of the Super Cup next season. The team that wins that match will get a chance in the main stage of the AFC Cup.
Apart from this, the AFC Cup play-offs will feature defending champions Hyderabad FC against the winners of the 2022-23 ISL. The winner of that match will get a chance to play in the playoffs.
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