Everything you want to know about the Seventh season of Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21
Love football? Check out the teams, rules and schedule of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020.
The seventh (7th) season of domestic football league Indian Super League (ISL) will commence from 20th November till the end of March. It is the first time in the history of ISL that 11 teams will be seen in the league with 115 matches. This year all the matches will be played behind closed doors at three stadiums i.e. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium or Fatorda Stadium (Margao), the Tilak Maidan Stadium (Vasco da Gama) and the Ganti Mohana Chandra Balayogi Athletic Stadium or GMC Athletic Stadium (Bambolim) in Goa due to COVID. All the matches will start at 7:30 PM and on Sunday, there would be 2 matches that start at 5 PM and 7:30 PM respectively. The matches can be viewed live on Star Sports or follow the live streaming on Disney+Hotstar.
Rules for the teams: At any given time, a team can have a maximum of five foreign players on the field. Each team can have a maximum of 26 players but due to pandemic, the teams can register a maximum of 35 players as safety measures. In the squad, a team can have a minimum of five and a maximum of seven overseas players with one from an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) affiliated country.
Point System: The points will be allotted as follows: 3 points for a win & 1 point for a draw. If any two or more teams are equal on the basis of their points after the league stage, their position will be determined as given below and in the same order :
- Most points procured in the league matches between the two team(same point)
- The goal difference from league matches between the two team(same point)
- The max. goal scored in the league matches between the two team(same point)
- The higher goal difference in all league matches
- he max. goal scored in all the league matches
- Ranking in the fair play
- Drawing of lots
The 11 teams, their owners, coach and players in alphabetical order:
1. ATK Mohun Bagan FC: Mohun Bagan has merged with 2019-20 champions ATK and will be participating in ISL 2020-21 as a new club. ATK has winner thrice, in 2014, 2016 and 2019-2020
Club Owners: Sourav Ganguly, Sanjiv Goenka, Utsav Parekh & Mohun Bagan Football Club (India) Pvt Ltd.
Coach - Antonio Lopez Habas (Spain)
Squad - Arindam Bhattacharjee (GK), Dheeraj Singh (GK), Arsh Anwer Shaikh (GK), Avilash Paul (GK), Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal, Sumit Rathi, Prabir Das, Subhasish Bose, Jobby Justin, Manvir Singh, Pronay Halder, Michael Soosairaj, Michael Regin, Sk Sahil, Salam Ranjan Singh, Ankit Mukherjee, Jayesh Rane, Boris Singh, Komal Thatal, Glan Martins, Roy Krishna (Fiji), David Williams (Australia), Javi Hernandez (Spain), Edu Gracia (Spain), Tiri (Spain), Carl McHugh (Ireland), Brad Inman (Australia)
2. Bengaluru FC: The club has to be winners in the ISL season 2018-19 and finalist in 2017-18.
Club Owners: JSW Group
Coach - Carles Cuadrat (Spain)
Squad - Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Lalthuammawia Ralte (GK), Lara Sharma (GK), Dipesh Chauhan (GK), Rahul Bheke, Pratik Chaudhari, Harmanjot Khabra, Ajith Kumar, Wungngayam Muirang, Joe Zoherliana, Parag Shrivas, Biswa Darjee, Ajay Chhetri, Namgyal Bhutia, Suresh Wangjam, Naorem Roshan Singh, Amay Morajkar, Huidrom Thoi Singh, Emanuel Lalchhanchuaha, Sunil Chhetri, Ashique Kuruniyan, Udanta Singh, Edmund Lalrindika, Leon Augustine, Thongkhosiem Haokip, Fran Gonzalez (Spain), Juanan Gonzalez (Spain), Dimas Delgado (Spain), Erik Paartalu (Australia), Cleiton Silva (Brazil), Kristian Opseth (Norway), Deshorn Brown (Jamaica)
3. Chennaiyin FC: The club has to be champions twice I.e. in the year 2015, 2017-2018 and finalist last year 2019-20.
Club Owners: Abhishek Bachchan, MS Dhoni & Vita Dani
Coach - Csaba Laszlo (Hungary)
Squad - BY Revanth (GK), Vishal Kaith (GK), Karanjit Singh (GK), Samik Mitra (GK), Reagan Singh, Balaji Ganesan, Lalchhuanmawia, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Deepak Tangri, Aqib Nawab, Remi Aimol, Abhijit Sarkar, Anirudh Thapa, Dhanpal Ganesh, Thoi Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Srinivasan Pandiyan, Germanpreet Singh, Aman Chetri, Rahim Ali, Eli Sabia (Brazil), Memo Moura (Brazil), Rafael Crivellaro (Brazil), Enes Sipovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Jakub Sylvester (Slovakia), Esmael Goncalves (Guinea-Bissau), Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev (Tajikistan).
4. SC East Bengal: The Kolkata club is a new entry this year in the ISL but a popular name in the National Football League.
Club Owners: Shree Cement & East Bengal F.C (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Coach - Robbie Fowler (England)
Squad - Debjit Majumder (GK), Sankar Roy (GK), Rafique Ali Sardar (GK), Mirshad Michu (GK), Narayan Das, Gurtej Singh, Balwant Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Milan Singh, Abhishek Ambedkar, Anil Chawan, Lalramchullova, Mohamed Irshad, Rohen Singh, Novin Gurung, Rana Gharami, Samad Ali Mallick, Pritam Singh, Bikash Jairu, Haobam Singh, Loken Meitei, Yumnam Singh, Wahengbam Luwang, Girik Khosla, Sehnaj Singh, Surchandra Singh, Jacques Maghoma (Congo), Matti Steinmann (Germany), Anthony Pilkington (Ireland), Danny Fox (Scotland), Aaron Holloway (Wales), Scott Neville (Australia).
5. Goa FC: A popular name and five times reached the playoffs of the ISL football league.
Club Owners: Jaydev Mody, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, Ashish Kapadia, Akshay Tandon & Virat Kohli
Coach - Juan Ferrando (Spain)
Squad - Mohammed Nawaz (GK), Naveen Kumar (GK), Dylan D'Silva (GK), Shubham Dhas (GK), Sanson Pereira, Seriton Fernandes, Leander D'Cunha, Mohamed Ali, Sarineo Fernandes, Aibanbha Dohling, Saviour Gama, Lenny Rodrigues, Nestor Dias, Princeton Rebello, Brandon Fernandes, Phrangki Buam, Redeem Tlang, Makan Winkle Chothe, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Flan Gomez, Seiminlen Doungel, Aaren D'Silva, Devendra Murgaonkar, Ishan Pandita, Ivan Gonzalez (Spain), James Donachie (Australia), Edu Bedia (Spain), Alberto Noguera (Spain), Jorge Ortiz (Spain), Igor Angulo (Spain).
6. Hyderabad FC: The club just joined the football league last year 2019-20 season that has also tied-up with Spanish club Marbella FC which will make a way for many football-loving aspirants.
Club Owners: Vijay Madhuri, Varun Tripuraneni & Rana Daggubati
Coach - Jose Manuel Roca (Spain)
Squad - Laxmikant Kattimani (GK), Manas Dubey (GK), Subrata Pal (GK), Lalbiakhlua Jongte (GK), Akash Mishra, Asish Rai, Chinglensana Singh, Dimple Bhagat, Kynsailang Khongsit, Nikhil Prabhu, Sahil Panwar, Abhishek Haldar, Adil Khan, Sahil Tavora, Halicharan Narzary, Hitesh Sharma, Laldanmawia Ralte, Mark Zothanpuia, Mohammed Yasir, Nikhil Poojari, Souvik Chakrabarti, Sweden Fernandes, Ishan Dey, Lalawmpuia, Liston Colaco, Rohit Danu, Aridane Santana (Spain), Odei Onaindia (Spain), Joao Victor (Brazil), Lluis Sastre (Spain), Lluis Sastre (Spain), Fran Sandaza (Spain), Joel Chianese (Australia).
7. Jamshedpur FC: The club made its entry in the ISL league in the year 2017-18 but yet to make It into the playoffs stage.
Club Owners: Tata Steel
Coach - Owen Coyle (Scotland/Ireland)
Squad - TP Rehenesh (GK), Pawan Kumar (GK), Niraj Kumar (GK), Raj Mahato (GK), Vishal Yadav (GK), Narender Gahlot, Joyner Lourenco, Ricky Lallawmawma, Sandip Mandi, Subhash Barua, Laldinliana Renthlei, Karan Amin, Manash Protim Gogoi, Amarjit Kiyam, Jackichand Singh, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Mobashir Rahman, Bhupender Singh, Billu Teli, Harsha Parui, Jitendra Singh, Manisana Singh, Gaurab, Gorachand Mandi, Sapam Kenedy Singh, Aniket Jadhav, William Lalnunfela, Aitor Monroy (Spain), David Grande (Spain), Nerijus Valskis (Lithuania), Peter Hartley (England), Alex Monteiro (Brazil), Stephen Eze (Nigeria), Nicholas Fitzgerald (Australia).
8. Kerala Blasters FC: This is one of the loved & supported ISL teams in the league but has not been able to win the title even though played the finals twice, in the year 2014 & 2016.
Club Owners: Blasters Sports Ventures Pvt Ltd.
Coach - Kibu Vicuna (Spain)
Squad - Bilal Khan (GK), Prabhsukhan Singh Gill (GK), Muheet Sabir (GK), Albino Gomes (GK), Abdul Hakku, Kenstar Kharshong, Lalruattharra, Sandeep Singh, Nishu Kumar, Denechandra Meiti, Jessel Carneiro, Vicente Gomez, Prasanth K, Seityasen Singh, Rohit Kumar, Givson Singh, Jeakson Singh, Nongdamba Naorem, Rahul KP, Sahal Abdul Samad, Ayush Adhikari, Ritwik Das, Arjun Jayaraj, Puitea, Shaiborlang Kharpan, Naorem Mahesh Singh, Gotimayum Muktasana, Bakary Kone (Burkinabe), Gary Hooper (England), Sergio Cidoncha (Spain), Vicente Gomez (Spain), Facundo Pereyra (Argentina), Costa Nhamoinesu (Zimbabwe), Jordan Murray (Australia).
9. Mumbai City FC: The club is in the league since its start but yet to win the title. It has now found new owners and one of them is Manchester City, the giant of English Premier League.
Club Owners: Ranbir Kapoor, Bimal Parekh & City Football Group
Coach - Sergio Lobera (Spain)
Squad - Amrinder Singh (GK), Nishit Shetty (GK), Phurba Lachenpa (GK), Vikram Singh (GK), Valpuia, Mandar Rao Dessai, Mehtab Singh, Tondonba Singh, Sarthak Golui, Amey Ranawade, Pranjal Bhumij, Raynier Fernandes, Rowllin Borges, Saurav Das, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Vikram Pratap Singh, PC Rohlupuia, Chance Horam, N Tondomba Singh, Asif Khan, Bidyananda Singh, Bipin Singh, Farukh Chaudhary, Mourtada Fall (Senegal), Ahmed Jahouh (Morocco), Hugo Boumous (France/Morocco), Bartholomew Ogbeche (Nigeria), Hernan Santana (Spain), Adam Le Fondre (England), Cy Goddard (Japan).
10. NorthEast United FC: It is the only club to feature more local players and giving them the chance to fly. The club has not won the title and has only once entered the playoff stage since its inception in 2014.
Club Owners: John Abraham
Coach - Gerard Nus (Spain)
Squad - Subhasish Roy Chowdhary (GK), Sanjiban Ghosh, Gurmeet Singh (GK), Nikhil Deka (GK), Ashutosh Mehta, Gurjinder Kumar, Mashoor Shereef, Nabin Rabha, Nim Dorjee, Provat Lakra, Rakesh Pradhan, Wayne Vaz, Lalengmawia, Lalrempuia Fanai, Rochharzela, Imran Khan, Britto PM, Ninthoi, Lalkhawpuimawia, Suhair VP, Benjamin Lambot (Belgium), Kwesi Appiah (Ghana), Idrissa Sylla (Guinea), Luis Machado (Portugal), Dylan Fox (Australia), Federico Gallego (Uruguay), Khassa Camara (Mauritania).
11. Odisha FC: The club changed its name from Delhi Dynamos FC last year after the club changed its base to Bhubaneswar, Odisha, from Delhi. The club has entered the playoff stage twice but yet to win the title.
Club Owners: GMS Inc.
Coach - Stuart Baxter (UK)
Squad - Ankit Bhuyan (GK), Arshdeep Singh (GK), Kamaljit Singh (GK), Ravi Kumar (GK), Gaurav Bora, George D'souza, Hendry Antony, Kamalpreet Singh, Mohammed Dhot, Saurabh Meher, Shubham Sarangi, Baoringdao Bodo, Isak Vanlalruatfela, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Lalhrezuala Sailung, Nandhakumar Sekar, Paul Ramfangzauva, Samuel Lalmuanpuia, Thoiba Singh, Vinit Rai, Laishram Singh, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Diego Mauricio (Brazil), Marcelinho (Brazil), Diawandou Diagne (Senegal), Manuel Onwu (Spain), Jacob Tratt (Australia), Cole Alexander (South Africa), Steven Taylor (England).
ISL 2019-2020 update: The sixth edition of ISL (2019-20) had 10 teams and the final four to reach the semifinal stage were Goa-First, ATK-Second, Bengaluru-Third and Chennaiyin-Fourth in the point table. In the first semifinal, Goa beat Chennaiyin and in the second semifinals, ATK beat Bengaluru to enter the final. ATK (3) beat Goa (1) in the finals to lift the ISL 2019-20 trophy for the 3rd time.
The prize money of ISL 2019-20: Winners: ATK FC – Rs.8 crores, Runners-up: Chennaiyin FC – Rs.4 crores and Rs.1.5 crores each to Bengaluru FC and FC Goa for the 3rd and 4th position in the 6th edition. Some of the other awards were as follows:
a) Golden Boot - Nerijus Valskis of Chennaiyin FC
b) Golden Glove - Gurpreet Singh Sandhu of Bengaluru FC
c) ISL Emerging Player - Sumit Rathi of ATK
d) Hero of the League - Hugo Boumous of Goa FC
e) Winning pass of the league - Hugo Boumous of Goa FC