ISl 2020-21 schedule announced; ATK Mohun Bagan,Kerela Blasters to play opening match; Check full fixtures, timings and venues

ISl 2020-21: ATK Mohun Bagan and Kerela Blasters will lock horns in the opening game of the seventh edition of Indian Super League (ISL) 2020. The fixtures for the new season was released on Friday according to which the match will be held at GMC Stadium Bambolim at 7:30 pm.

There are 11 teams in ISL which are Hyderabad FC, Odisha FC, Chennaiyin FC, Bengaluru FC, FC Goa, Mumbai City FC, ATK Mohun Bagan, Jamshedpur FC, Northeast FC, Kerala Blasters and SC East Bengal.

ATK clinched the title last season after beating Chennaiyin FC in the final though FC Goa won the league phase shield to grab the AFC Champions League spot. ATK have since merged with I-League champions Mohun Bagan and they will play as one club.

The ISL organisers released the fixtures of only the first half of the 11-team league. The schedule covers matches to be played till January 11, 2011. The remaining fixtures will be released later.

The much-anticipated first clash between Kolkata sides ATK Mohun Bagan and SC East Bengal will be played at Tilak Maidan Stadium at Vasco on November 27.

Following a buy-out of majority stake by Kolkata-based Shree Cements, former I-League giants East Bengal have now become SC East Bengal and they are making their first foray in the ISL.

Home side FC Goa play their first match against former champions Bengaluru FC on November 22 at Fatorda here.

This year’s ISL is being staged entirely in Goa behind closed doors in three venues due to the raging pandemic.

Earlier this month, seven players and an assistant coach of NorthEast United, Khalid Jamil, tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Goa.

All the players and officials of each team are staying at separate hotels which are bio-secure bubbles. The players and officials are mandated to have Aarogya Setu app and ISL Health App through which contact tracing can be done in case there is any positive case.

If any player or official tests positive, he will have to be quarantined immediately and will need to have three negative results in seven days to be able to join back.

Before their arrival in Goa, all teams were required to have three negative test results.

Following their arrival, the players and officials were put under quarantine for 10 days (14 for foreign players) during which five tests were conducted.

The schedule for the remaining 55 league matches will be published in December post clarity on calendar dates of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Competitions matches.