The I-League 2019-20 season will start on November 30 with the Aizawl FC hosting Mohun Bagan on November 30.
In another opening round match, Kozhikode-based Gokulam Kerala FC will host Manipur’s Neroca FC at the EMS Corporation Stadium. The All-India Football Federation has released the fixtures of the 11-team I-League.
Defending champions Chennai City FC will begin their campaign at home the next day as they host debutants Tiddim Road Athletic Union, the second club from Manipur this season, at the Nehru Stadium.
DSport, the host broadcaster for the league, will televise all the league games LIVE.
The two Kolkata derby matches between heavyweights Mohun Bagan and East Bengal will be played at Salt Lake Stadium on December 22 and March 15 next year.
Both Mohun Bagan and East Bengal will play their other nine home matches at Kalyani Municipal Stadium.
Real Kashmir will open their campaign with an away match against East Bengal on December 4 while their first home match is on December 12 against Gokulam Kerala FC at TRC Ground in Srinagar.
AIFF’s developmental side Indian Arrows will play the first five of their home matches — beginning on December 6 against Gokulam Kerala FC — at Tilak Maidan at Vasco in Goa while the remaining five will play at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
Kalinga Stadium is being currently used as home venue of the Odisha FC in the ongoing Indian Super League.
Punjab FC — previously Minerva Punjab — have chosen Guru Nanak Stadium at Ludhiana as their home venue.
“The fixtures have been drawn after consulting our marketing partners FSDL, broadcasters DSport, and all the clubs involved in the competition,” said I-League CEO Sunando Dhar.
“This season, we have a lot more flexibility as far as the fixtures are concerned, with the kick-off timings being at 2pm, 5pm and 7pm. I’m sure this would make all the clubs happy.”