The ISL season kicks off with a mouth-watering clash between arch-rivals and champions ATK and runners-up Kerala Blasters FC at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on November 17. With the two extra teams this season, the league stage will last till March 4 with five knockout games after that.
Hero ISL 2017-18 will see 10 teams in action this season, with the addition of Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC, which will result in a prolonged season lasting four months for the first time.
Football Sports Development Ltd., a joint venture between IMG, Reliance Industries and Star India, announced the match schedule
All 10 teams play each other in a home-and-away format in 90 games before the two-legged semi-finals which are scheduled to take place in the second week of March. Date and venue for the Final of the 2017-18 season will be announced later. All league matches to be played from Wednesday to Saturday will kick off at 8 PM (IST) with Sunday featuring
The season’s first
The season’s first Maharashtra derby between FC Pune City and Mumbai City FC will be played on November 29,
Jamshedpur FC will play their first home match at the renovated JRD Tata Sports Complex Stadium against title holders ATK on December 1.
The 10 clubs have collectively spent Rs 132.75 crores in signing 77 international and 166 domestic players. Unlike previous seasons, the maximum number of foreign players in the playing XI has been reduced from six to five from this season onwards. This has prompted clubs to invest heavily
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