Indian Super League Schedule 2016
After receiving an electrifying response to the second season of the Indian Super League, the football tournament is now back again for its third year, and it is set to be even bigger and better. You can find the ISL schedule below.
The league proved to be a roaring success in its inaugural edition. Any fears that the craze around the tournament would fizzle out in the second edition proved to be baseless as fans turned out in huge numbers to cheer on their favorite sides.
The third edition of the Indian Super League will be played between October 1 and December 18 this year. The tournament retains its format with all eight sides playing home and away during the league stage before the top four sides clash in two-legged semi-finals. The final will be played on December 18. All matches will be played from 19:00 hrs IST (13:30 hrs GMT).
NorthEast United FC will take on Kerala Blasters FC in the tournament opener. Defending champions Chennaiyin FC will be up against Atletico de Kolkata in an away fixture on day 2. The champions of the inaugural edition of the tournament will be played at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in Kolkata this year. The stadium has a capacity of just over 26,000 spectators.
FC Pune City will host Mumbai City FC in the Maharashtra derby as the two sides kick off their respective campaigns on October 3. FC Goa will be away to NorthEast United FC on October 4. Delhi Dynamos will be in action on October 6 as they take on the defending champions in Chennai.
The ISL has proved to be a game-changer when it comes to raising the quality of Indian football as a whole. The grassroots initiatives by the different franchises have also helped talented youngsters have access to better training facilities and coaches.
The tournament has attracted some big names in the past and the trend is set to continue this season as well with a number of former A-list stars confirming their participation in the tournament. Helder Postiga, Iain Hume, Bernard Mendy, Florent Malouda, Richard Gadze, Jofre, Josu, and Nicolas Velez have all been retained.
The eight teams, who featured last season, will compete over a period of two and half months, on a home and away basis again in a format that mirrors the previous one.
These league matches will be then succeeded by two double legged semifinals in which the top four teams will battle it out to reach the final two. With 61 games to be played in total, the league matches will be played from October 1 to December 4 and the two semifinals over the two legs will take place between December 10-14.
The final will be played on Sunday, December 28 and all the matches will kick off at 7 pm India time (1330 hours GMT).
ISL 2016 promises to be an exhilarating tournament and we eagerly look forward to watching the teams in action and you can find the fixtures for the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League below. The schedule for ISL 2016 is out and can be found below.
ISL 2016 Schedule Fixtures
|October 1 (Saturday)||NorthEast United vs Kerala Blasters||7:00 PM||Guwahati|
|October 2||Atletico de Kolkata vs Chennaiyin FC||7:00 PM||Kolkata|
|October 3||FC Pune City vs Mumbai City FC||7:00 PM||Pune|
|October 4||NorthEast United vs FC Goa||7:00 PM||Guwahati|
|October 5||Kerala Blasters vs Atletico de Kolkata||7:00 PM||Kochi|
|October 6||Chennaiyin FC vs Delhi Dynamos||7:00 PM||Chennai|
|October 7||Mumbai City FC vs NorthEast United||7:00 PM||Mumbai|
|October 8||FC Goa vs FC Pune City||7:00 PM||Goa|
|October 9||Kerala Blasters vs Delhi Dynamos||7:00 PM||Kochi|
|October 11||Mumbai City FC vs Atletico de Kolkata||7:00 PM||Mumbai|
|October 12||FC Pune City vs NorthEast United||7:00 PM||Pune|
|October 13||Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa||7:00 PM||Chennai|
|October 14||Kerala Blasters vs Mumbai City FC||7:00 PM||Kochi|
|October 15||Delhi Dynamos vs NorthEast United||7:00 PM||Delhi|
|October 16||Atletico de Kolkata vs FC Goa||7:00 PM||Kolkata|
|October 17||FC Pune City vs Kerala Blasters||7:00 PM||Pune|
|October 18||Delhi Dynamos vs Mumbai City FC||7:00 PM||Delhi|
|October 20||NorthEast United vs Chennaiyin FC||7:00 PM||Guwahati|
|October 21||Mumbai City FC vs FC Goa||7:00 PM||Mumbai|
|October 22||Atletico de Kolkata vs Delhi Dynamos||7:00 PM||Kolkata|
|October 23||FC Pune City vs Chennaiyin FC||7:00 PM||Pune|
|October 24||FC Goa vs Kerala Blasters||7:00 PM||Goa|
|October 25||Atletico de Kolkata vs Mumbai City FC||7:00 PM||Kolkata|
|October 27||Delhi Dynamos vs FC Pune City||7:00 PM||Delhi|
|October 28||NorthEast United vs Atletico de Kolkata||7:00 PM||Guwahati|
|October 29||Chennaiyin FC vs Kerala Blasters||7:00 PM||Chennai|
|October 30||FC Goa vs Delhi Dynamos||7:00 PM||Goa|
|November 2||Chennaiyin FC vs Mumbai City FC||7:00 PM||Chennai|
|November 3||FC Pune City vs FC Goa||7:00 PM||Pune|
|November 4||Delhi Dynamos vs Kerala Blasters||7:00 PM||Delhi|
|November 5||NorthEast United vs Mumbai City FC||7:00 PM||Guwahati|
|November 6||FC Pune City vs Atletico de Kolkata||7:00 PM||Pune|
|November 8||Kerala Blasters vs FC Goa||7:00 PM||Kochi|
|November 9||Delhi Dynamos vs Chennaiyin FC||7:00 PM||Delhi|
|November 10||Mumbai City FC vs FC Pune City||7:00 PM||Mumbai|
|November 11||FC Goa vs NorthEast United||7:00 PM||Goa|
|November 12||Kerala Blasters vs Chennaiyin FC||7:00 PM||Kochi|
|November 13||Delhi Dynamos vs Atletico de Kolkata||7:00 PM||Delhi|
|November 15||Chennaiyin FC vs FC Pune City||7:00 PM||Chennai|
|November 16||FC Goa vs Mumbai City FC||7:00 PM||Goa|
|November 17||Atletico de Kolkata vs NorthEast United||7:00 PM||Kolkata|
|November 18||FC Pune City vs Delhi Dynamos||7:00 PM||Pune|
|November 19||Mumbai City FC vs Kerala Blasters||7:00 PM||Mumbai|
|November 20||Chennaiyin FC vs Atletico de Kolkata||7:00 PM||Chennai|
|November 22||NorthEast United vs FC Pune City||7:00 PM||Guwahati|
|November 23||Mumbai City FC vs Chennaiyin FC||7:00 PM||Mumbai|
|November 24||FC Goa vs Atletico de Kolkata||7:00 PM||Goa|
|November 25||Kerala Blasters vs FC Pune City||7:00 PM||Kochi|
|November 26||Chennaiyin FC vs NorthEast United||7:00 PM||Chennai|
|November 27||Delhi Dynamos vs FC Goa||7:00 PM||Delhi|
|November 29||Atletico de Kolkata vs Kerala Blasters||7:00 PM||Kolkata|
|November 30||NorthEast United vs Delhi Dynamos||7:00 PM||Guwahati|
|December 1||FC Goa vs Chennaiyin FC||7:00 PM||Goa|
|December 2||Atletico de Kolkata vs FC Pune City||7:00 PM||Kolkata|
|December 3||Mumbai City FC vs Delhi Dynamos||7:00 PM||Mumbai|
|December 4||Kerala Blasters vs NorthEast United||7:00 PM||Kochi|
|ISL Semi Final Leg 1|
|December 10 (Saturday)||Atletico de Kolkata vs Mumbai City FC||7:00 PM||Kolkata|
|December 11 (Sunday)||Kerala Blasters FC vs Delhi Dynamos FC||7:00 PM||Kochi|
|ISL Semi Final Leg 2|
|December 13 (Tuesday)||Mumbai City FC vs Atletico de Kolkata||7:00 PM||Mumbai|
|December 14 (Wednesday)||Delhi Dynamos FC vs Kerala Blasters FC||7:00 PM||Delhi|
|December 18 (Sunday)||ISL Final||7:00 PM||TBD|