ISL 2020-21: Teams, venues, schedule, changes and all you need to know

ATK Mohun Bagan will take on Kerala Blasters FC in the opener on November 20


The football extravaganza is back, and how. Amid the gloom of the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian football fans will have a reason to cheer as the seventh season of the Indian Super League kicks off on November 20, in Goa. What makes the ISL 2020-21 more exciting is that the two legacy clubs of Indian football – Mohun Bagan (ATK Mohun Bagan, now) and SC East Bengal – will finally be part of the tournament.

Ahead of the season opener between ATK Mohun Bagan and Kerala Blasters at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim, let's take a look at all you need to know about this season of the ISL.


ATK Mohun Bagan

Head coach: Antonio Lopez Habas

Players to watch out for: Tiri, Prabir Das, Sandesh Jhingan, David Williams, Roy Krishna

Bengaluru FC

Head coach: Carles Cuadrat

Players to watch out for: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Udanta Singh Cleiton Silva, Deshorn Brown, Kristian Opseth, Sunil Chhetri

Chennaiyin FC

Head coach: Csaba Laszlo

Players to watch out for: Jerry Lalrinzuala, Anirudh Thapa, Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Rafael Crivellaro Jakub Sylvestr

FC Goa

Head coach: Juan Ferrando

Players to watch out for: James Donachie, Seriton Fernandes, Brandon Fernandes, Edu Bedia, Princeton Rebello, Igor Angulo

Hyderabad FC

Head coach: Manuel Marquez Roca

Players to watch out for: Odei Onaindia, Joao Victor, Lluis Sastre, Aridane Santana, Fran Sandaza, Rohit Danu

Jamshedpur FC

Head coach: Owen Coyle

Players to watch out for: Stephen Eze, Peter Hartley, Amarjit Singh, Jackichand Singh, Nerijus Valskis

Kerala Blasters FC

Head coach: Kibu Vicuna

Players to watch out for: Bakary Kone, Costa Nhamoinesu, Jessel Carneiro, Sahal Abdul Samad, Sergio Cidoncha, Gary Hooper

Mumbai City FC

Head coach: Sergio Lobera

Players to watch out for: Amrinder Singh, Mourtada Fall, Ahmed Jahouh, Hernan Santana, Hugo Boumous, Bartholomew Ogbeche, Adam Le Fondre

Odisha FC

Head coach: Stuart Baxter

Players to watch out for: Shubham Sarangi, Steven Taylor, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Manuel Onwu, Marcelinho

NorthEast United FC

Head coach: Gerard Nus

Players to watch out for: Subhasish Roy, Idrissa Sylla, Ninthoinganba Meetei, Kwesi Appiah, Luis Machado

SC East Bengal

Head coach: Robbie Fowler

Players to watch out for: Debjit Majumder, Anthony Pilkington, Danny Fox, Jacques Maghoma, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Jeje Lalpekhlua


All the matches will be played behind closed doors in Goa. There will be three venues:

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda

GMC Athletic Stadium, Bambolim

Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco


There will be a total of 115 matches, 20 more than last season. All teams will play each other in a 'home' and 'away' round-robin format and the top four sides will qualify for the play-offs. The league stage winner will book their spot in next year's AFC Champions League.


Each team can make five substitutions instead of three. But these have to be done in at the most three intervals, and it does not include the changes at the half-time break.

Teams had the option to sign a minimum of five and a maximum of seven foreign players, with at least one foreign player affiliated with the Asian Football Confederation.


All matches will be shown LIVE on Star Sports Network and Asianet Plus. The games will also be streamed online on Disney+ Hotstar VIP and Jio TV.

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