Indian Super League FAQs
The second edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) is knocking at the door and the new season promises to be even better and more exciting than the first. Here are some frequently asked questions about the ISL.
When does Indian Super League kick off this year?
The second edition of the ISL is slated for kick off on Saturday, October 3 this year. The league stage will continue up until Sunday, December 6. Click here for the fixtures.
The semi-finals will kick off on Friday, December 11 and the finalists will be determined on Wednesday, December 16 at the end of both legs. The final will be played on Sunday, December 20.
How many teams are going to be part of ISL-2?
All eight teams which were a part of the inaugural edition of the ISL will return to participate in this year’s competition.
Defending champions Atletico de Kolkata will visit last year’s semi-finalists on October 3 while runners up Kerala Blasters FC start against NorthEast United on October 6. Mumbai City FC, FC Goa, FC Pune City, and Delhi Dynamos FC are the other teams in the competition.
What are the venues for ISL-2?
The venues for the matches remain unchanged. The Yuvabharati Krirangan (also known as the Salt Lake Stadium) will host Atletico de Kolkata’s home matches. The DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai and the Balewadi Stadium in Pune will host home games for Mumbai City FC and FC Pune City respectively.
The Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati hosts NorthEast United’s home matches while the Fatorda Stadium in Margao plays host to FC Goa’s home games. The three Jawaharlal Nehru Stadiums in Chennai, Delhi, and Kochi hosts home games for Chennaiyin FC, Delhi Dynamos FC, and Kerala Blasters FC respectively.
Who are the top international footballers who will be plying their trade in the ISL this year?
The window to sign overseas players is still open and the teams could add more stardust to an already robust presence of quality internationals. While last year saw some great players play in the ISL, this year’s edition could improve on that score.
Brazilian World Cup winners Lucio and Roberto Carlos are set to feature besides the likes of Helder Postiga, Nicolas Anelka, Didier Zokora, Adrian Mutu, Iain Hume, Fikru, Elano and Simao Sabrosa.
Who are the celebs who are involved with the league?
The Indian Super League attracted some stellar celebrity names when it was first launched. While some have gone on to own their own teams in the ISL, a lot of others can be seen cheering their teams from the sidelines.
Mrs. Nita Ambani is the founding chairperson of the ISL while team-owners include former cricketers Sourav Ganguly (Atletico de Kolkata) and Sachin Tendulkar (Kerala Blasters), Bollywood stars Ranbir Kapoor (Mumbai City FC), John Abraham (NorthEast United), Salman Khan (FC Pune City) Varun Dhawan (FC Goa) and current cricketer and captain of India’s Test team, Virat Kohli (FC Goa).
Where can I get the latest ISL news?
The official site of the Hero Indian Super League is www.indiansuperleague.com
The league’s official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IndianSuperLeague
To stay connected on Twitter, follow @IndSuperLeague and the hashtag #HeroISL
What time will the matches be played?
Unlike the UEFA Champions League and a lot of major football leagues across the world, you will not need to cut back on your sleep in order to catch live action from ISL-2. All matches in this year’s edition will kick off at 7:00 pm sharp IST.
Which channel will broadcast the matches?
Star Sports will broadcast all ISL matches. Star is also a part of the consortium behind the formation of the league and their marketing of the ISL drew plaudits last season.
You can also catch live-streaming of matches on the Hotstar App on your Android, iOS, and Windows mobile devices.
Where will tickets for the ISL be available?
www.bookmyshow.com will sell the tickets for the ISL online. ISL Tickets will also be available in select stores in the cities in which the matches will be played. Besides, tickets will also be made available at the Box Office at the stadiums prior to matches and due notice will follow in that regard.
Where can I get replica shirts of my favourite team?
All the jerseys in the Indian Super League are being sponsored by top brands and you will be able to purchase them from their stores. Alternatively, you can purchase replica shirts here. (put in your amazon link that you sent me the other day)
How to bet on the ISL?
Although betting is illegal in India, you can still bet on the ISL if you are located in a country which allows betting. For betting tips, odds, match previews and more, head over to www.islbetting.com