The 2022-23 Indian Premier League (ISL) Champions League kicks off on 7 October 2022 as last season’s runners-up Kerala Blasters host East Bengal at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. The 2022-23 season will be special as fans will be welcomed back to the stadiums after a two-season break. The teams will now have the support of the Twelfth Man again after missing them for two years.
Ms. Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairman of Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), said today that the upcoming season of the Hero Indian Super League will be a milestone for the league and Indian football.
The football trip in India was a testament to the spirit of the beautiful game! With fans returning to the stadiums and an extended football calendar, there is tremendous excitement and anticipation for the upcoming ISL season. The fans are the heart and soul of football and we are delighted to have them in the stands cheering for their teams once again! Over the past few years, despite the challenges of the pandemic, ISL has provided a solid platform for young talent and digital engagement for the masses. I’m sure this year will see more homegrown players and quality football! ‘ added Mrs. Ambani.
This season, Hero ISL will provide fans with easier access to live matches as the tournament moves to more weekend-focused matches from Match Week 3 onwards. This season has also been extended to include a new takedown format featuring the top six teams.
Featuring 117 high-octane soccer matches, Hero ISL is back to entertain its fans at ten venues across the country. For the first time ever, the ISL League stage will last for nearly five months excluding the playoffs, semi-finals and final. Each team will play 20 league matches – 10 home and away matches through the fall through next spring as the league phase draws to a close on February 26.
A quick glimpse of the key dates for the 2022 Hero ISL season:
Opening Match: October 7, 2022
Last match in the League stage: February 23-26, 2023
Qualifiers, semi-finals and finals: March 2023
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