ISL 2017-18: Schedule for new season announced, ATK and Kerala Blasters FC to play first match on 17 November

New Delhi: Indian Super League (ISL) season 4 will kick off with a mouth-watering clash between defending champions ATK and runners-up Kerala Blasters FC at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium) in Kolkata on 17 November.

The clash between two-time champions ATK and Kerala Blasters FC will also bring the seasoned rivalry between Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov from Europe to Indian soil.

The Indian Super League trophy. Image courtesy: Indian Super League official website

The Indian Super League trophy. Image courtesy: Indian Super League official website

ISL 2017-18 will see 10 teams in action, with the addition of Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC, which will result in a prolonged season lasting four months for the first time. The league will feature 95 matches.

All 10 teams will play each other in a home-and-away format in 90 games before the two-legged semi-finals which are scheduled to take place in the second week of March. The date and venue for the final of the 2017-18 season will be announced later.

All league matches will be played from Wednesday to Saturday and will kick off at 8 pm with Sunday featuring double headers at 5:30 pm and 8 pm.

The season's first double-header will see a repeat of the 2016 final between Chennaiyin FC and Goa in Chennai followed by AFC Cup 2016 finalist, Bengaluru FC, getting their first taste of ISL when they take on last season's semi-finalists Mumbai City FC in a home match at Sree Kanteerava Stadium on 19 November.

The season's first Maharashtra derby between FC Pune City and Mumbai City FC will be played on 29 November at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune.

Jamshedpur FC will play their first home match at the renovated JRD Tata Sports Complex Stadium against title holders ATK on 1 December.


Published Date: Sep 22, 2017 02:14 pm | Updated Date: Sep 22, 2017 02:14 pm


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