Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) on Monday announced fixtures for the first leg (11 rounds) of the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2021-22 season. The league will start on November 19 with ATK Mohun Bagan taking on Kerala Blasters. The Kolkata derby between SC East Bengal and Mohun Bagan will take place on 27th November.
In a press release, ISL announced that this season will see a late 9:30 PM kick-off for its Saturday double headers. The regular weekday schedule remains unchanged with matches kicking off at 7:30 PM. Further, it said that 2021/22 will feature 115 games.
The first instalment of the schedule announced on Monday runs until January 9, 2022. Remainder of the Hero ISL 2020-21 fixtures will be announced in December 2021.
Last season's finalists ATK Mohun Bagan will face Kerala Blasters FC on the opening game night. SC East Bengal will start their run into the competition on November 21 against Jamshedpur FC. Meanwhile, defending champions Mumbai City FC will lock horns with a renewed FC Goa on November 22.
Check complete list of fixtures here.
Introduced in 2014, ISL runs from November to March, with an increased matches to 115 involving 11 clubs. Initially, it was an 11-week event.
Last year, the tournament was successfully held in a bio-secured bubble at Goa. Mumbai City FC won the 2020/21 season. Goa will conduct the upcoming 2021-22 season. The tournament will be held behind close doors at three stadiums until March 2022.
ATK Mohun Bagan
Mumbai City FC
First round of ISL fixtures
ATK Mohun Bagan vs Kerala Blasters FC
Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United
SC East Bengal vs Jamshedpur FC
Mumbai City FC vs FC Goa
Hyderabad FC vs Chennaiyin FC