The ISL will be kicking off its inaugural season on October 12th to December 20th, with teams playing each other twice (home and away), a total of 56 league matches. The semis will be decided over two legs (2 Stage home & away Knock-out Leg), with the Indian Super League final match on the 20th of December.
Promising plenty in the way of football entertainment, the matches will be played in several major stadiums, depending on where a team franchise is based. Frankly, a country of more than a billion people should have been able to send a team into the FIFA world cup. However, poor infrastructure and a lack of interest in the game on behalf of the Indian youth, who had been attracted more towards cricket and its riches, are to be blamed for the current predicament that we find ourselves in.
However, the fact that the ISL is now definitely going to happen. A series of top players from all across the world, some of them former world cup winners, although most are well past their prime have signed up for the league. In hindsight, this could only be good for Indian football.
A new format will emerge in the sport of football as the ISL has partnered with the elite English Premier League to enhance its image and presence in professional football. Through their agreement, the two leagues will be working with each other toward establishing rules for governing the sport and attracting and engaging fans. By way of the alliance, the ISL hopes to underscore it brand. Both leagues will collaborate with one another to create Indian business initiatives and stage matches that will highlight major league competitions.
The eight franchise teams that are taking part in the ISL line-up include the Atletico de Kolkata, Chennaiyin FC, FC Goa, Kerala Blasters FC, Mumbai City FC, FC Pune City, Delhi Dynamos FC and NorthEast United FC.
Each team of the eight franchised teams will be comprised of 22 players. Players will be made up of 7 foreign football stars, 14 Indian players and one marquee player.