The 9th season of the Indian Super League (ISL) is perhaps the most awaited edition of the Super League. Sports across the world including India was suspended in March 2020 due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Indian Super League 2019-20 final was played behind closed doors in Goa. ISL then came back for the fans with it's 8th edition of the competition. The 2021-22 season was also played behind closed doors except the finale where fans where allowed to come in large numbers to support their team.
The 2021-22 ISL season saw Hyderabad FC clinch the ISL title by defeating the mighty Kerala Blasters. The Fatorda Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium hosted the final where Hyderabad FC won the tie by 3-1. It was heartbreaks for all the Kerala Blasters fans as their club once again failed to win an ISL final.
The next edition of Indian Super League is set to go on floors on 19th of November 2022. This time around fans can hopefully come in large numbers to their stadiums and cheer their lungs out for their favorite clubs throughout the season.
The 9th season of the ISL Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) the organizers of the league have picked up the window between 19 November 2022 to March 5 2023 as the time frame to host the league. This time around hopefully there will be no playing behind closed doors as the organizers are working on making the 9th edition to be played in full house stadiums.
The ISL 2022-23 is slated to kick-off in November third week. The fixtures of the Indian Super League 2022-23 has been announced.
Check out the updated ISL points table here.
The ISL will witness some renewed rivalries as Mohun Bagan (now merged into ATK Mohun Bagan FC) and East Bengal FC will face Bengaluru FC in the ISL after parting ways in the I-League in 2017. Games between Kerala Blasters FC and East Bengal FC are also likely to turn into rivalries as both sets of fans are already engaging in pre-season banter on Social Media.
Odisha FC and Hyderabad FC will play their third season of the Indian Super League in the 2022 season. Odisha FC was renamed from Delhi Dynamos FC after shifting to Bhubaneshwar, Odisha from the National Capital. Hyderabad FC was formed after the closure of FC Pune City.
Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC will play their fifth season in the ISL. Original ISL teams like FC Goa, Mumbai CIty FC, Chennaiyin FC, Kerala Blasters FC and NorthEast United will play their 8th season in the Indian Super League.
The Indian Super League has witnessed an A-League exodus. Teams have brought in players like Bradden Inman, Scott Neville, Gary Hooper and Steven Taylor from the A-League.