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ISL 2020-21: All you need to know before the tournament starts on 20th November

The seventh edition of Indian Super League is set to commence on 20th November in Goa. A bio-secure bubble has been created to handle the situation due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

All the ISL matches will be played out across three venues in Goa – the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Fatorda, the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco and the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim. The matches will be played behind closed doors. It will be broadcasted on Star Sports channels and will also be live-streamed on Hotstar and Jio TV.

All the 11 teams have already arrived in Goa and have spent their quarantine days and are now training and playing friendly games in order to be prepared for the ISL 2020-21 season. ATK Mohun Bagan will take on the Kerala Blasters in the inaugural match of this ISL season on 20th November.

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In this ISL season, there will be 115 games, up from 95 last season due to the league being expanded to 11 teams from this season.

All the clubs will play each other in a double round-robin format. After the league stage is over, the the the top four clubs will qualify for the playoffs.

In accordance with the rule put forward on world football, ISL will also allow five substitutions instead of the previous three. This has been done keeping in mind players’ health and safety during the ongoing pandemic. Teams can use their five substitutes over a maximum of three intervals excluding the changes at the half-time break.

All the clubs should have at least five foreign players and the number could rise up to seven foreign players at maximum. Among the foreign layers, at least one of them will have to be Asian Football Confederation (AFC) affiliated.

A maximum of five of these foreign players can be on the field at any point of a game along with a minimum of six Indians. Along with that, all clubs are required to have a minimum of two ‘Developmental Players’, players who were born on or after January 1, 2000, in their matchday teams.

Check out the full schedule here: ISL 2020-21 Full Schedule

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