ISL 2020-21 window cleared as start date of AFC Champions League set to be postponed

FC Goa will become the first Indian club to feature in the group stage of Asian Champions League this season.

Press Trust of India December 28, 2020 14:53:42 IST
ISL 2020-21 window cleared as start date of AFC Champions League set to be postponed

FC Goa players celebrate a goal against Kerala Blasters FC. Sportzpics for ISL

New Delhi: The window for the ISL 2020-21 has been cleared as the start date of the group stage round of AFC Champions League is set to be postponed from 15 February to April.

AFC member nations have already been notified about the same.

FC Goa will become the first Indian club to feature in the group stage of Asian Champions League this season.

Their Indian Super League campaign will not be hampered as feared before with the imminent postponement of the top continental event.

The ISL announced its fixtures until 11 Jan, and is expected to release the schedule of the remaining league fixtures soon.

ISL season 7 is expected to end mid-March before the international break, where India is set to host Qatar in the World 2022 FIFA Cup qualifiers.

While the AFC Cup, involving ATK Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC, is set to be hosted in a centralised venue in April, FC Goa might have to play their group stage games in the ACL in a home and away basis.

The Asian Football Confederation's decision to hold all club competitions post April comes as a relief to ISL as the league is being played under a bio-secure bubble in Goa, and FC Goa's involvement in the competition will not create complications regarding scheduling and the team exiting and re-entering the bubble again.

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