Last Updated : 02 Sep, 2022 05:17 AM
Mumbai: The 9th season of the ISL football series starts on October 7 in Kochi. The 11-team series will be played over 5 months with 117 matches. Each team will play the other teams twice each. Thus each team will play 20 games. Kerala vs East Bengal on the opening day. Chennaiyin FC will face ATK Mohan Bagan in their first match on October 10.
The league fixtures will end on February 26 next year. This is followed by playoffs, semi-finals and finals in March. This time the play off round is going to be introduced. The top two teams in the league round will qualify directly for the semi-final round.The 4 teams who finish 3rd to 6th will compete in the play-off round. Both teams will qualify for the semi-finals.
The 3rd and 6th placed teams in the league round will meet in the first eliminator match of the play off round. In the 2nd eliminator match, the 4th placed team in the league round will face the 5th placed team. The two teams that win the eliminator round will face off against the top two teams in the league round in the semi-finals. The semi-final will be held in two stages.
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