Explained: New Format Of ISL 2022-23, Group Stage, Knock-outs & More

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ISL 2022-23

The Indian Super League (ISL) 2022-23 edition will begin from October 7. In the much-awaited season opener, Kerala Blasters FC cross swords with East Bengal FC. The match will be taking place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.

A lot of things are new and special about this year’s ISL 2022-23. Firstly, the fans will be back in the stadiums after 2 seasons. Because of the effects of the grueling Covid-19 pandemic, the matches took place without fans and took place in limited stadiums. However, the tradition home-and-away format is now back and fans can enjoy the matches from the stadium.

In all other ISL editions, there were only 3 playoff matches. Two semi-finals which comprised of the top 4 teams after the league stage and then the final, which was played between the winners of the two semi-finals.

In ISL 2022-23, the format has undergone a major change. Two more eliminators have been included and even the 5th and 6th place teams now would have a chance to qualify for the semi-finals after the end of the group-stage.

In this article, we explain the format of ISL 2022-23.

Group Stage

20 matches will be played by each team. Each team will be playing twice against each other. A total of 110 matches will take place in the group stage

Knockout Stage.

The top 6 teams after the group-stage will be involved in this knockout stage. The top two teams after the group stage will qualify directly for the semi-finals. The rest of the 4 teams will be playing the 4 eliminators.

Eliminator 1: 3rd placed team vs 6th placed team;
Eliminator 2: 4th placed team vs 5th placed team;
Semi-Final 1 1st Leg: 1st placed team vs (Winner – Eliminator 2);
Semi-Final 2 1st Leg: 2nd placed team vs (Winner – Eliminator 1);
Semi-Final 1 2nd Leg: (Winner – Eliminator 2) vs 1st placed team;
Semi-Final 2 2nd Leg: (Winner – Eliminator 1) vs 2nd placed team;
Final: (Winner Semi-Final 1) vs (Winner Semi-Final 2).

Where to watch ISL 2022-23 in TV in India?

The ISL 2022-23 season will be broadcasted on the Star Sports network in India.

Where to watch the live streaming of ISL 2022-23 in India?

The live streaming of the ISL 2022-23 season will be done on the Disney+Hotstar app.

Also read: ISL 2022-23: Prize Money, All Teams, Winning Amount, Total Matches, Most Titles