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The Indian Super League is the highest level of professional football in India. The domestic football in India consists of two top divisions, the Indian Super League and the I-League. A unique setup which gives us the chance of watching two entertaining leagues every year. If you’re a big fan of football and want to watch high quality players on a weekly basis you better keep an eye out for the ISL in the TV-schedule at Tvsports.in. You’ll find today's ISL match and the rest of the upcoming fixtures in the match list along with the right channels and live streams.

This is the Indian Super League


The Indian Super League, ISL, was founded in 2013. Before that the only top division in India had been the I-League, but after years of decreasing attendances and issues with getting attractive sponsors and TV-rights in place the ISL was taking shape. During the first few years the Indian Super League was played without any recognition at all from the governing body of football in India, All India Football Federation. The league started with eight teams and a couple of marquee signings were made to boost the engagement ahead of the season kick-off. Luis García, Del Piero, Pires and Trezeguet were some of the players that signed for teams in the ISL. The first ever season to be played was won by Atlético de Kolkata, a franchise sponsored by the Spanish La Liga side Atlético de Madrid.

After the first three ISL seasons were played, it was obvious that the attendances and the engagement from fans all over India had exceeded the expectations from experts. The ISL was at this stage the most popular and followed football league in India and had more than 20 times higher numbers of audience than the official Indian top division, the I-League. Discussions and negotiations opened up in an effort to combine the two leagues and create a more substantial structure to promote the Indian football. In 2017 it was agreed on that both the ISL and the I-League will run simultaneously.


Teams and league structure


The Indian Super League consist of nine teams as of the 2020/21 season. The regular season normally runs from October to late February or early March. The teams play each other twice every regular season, one time at home and one time away. When every team have played their 18 games the four best placed teams in the table proceeds to the final Playoffs. The final Playoffs are normally held in March and begins with two semi-finals. In the semi-finals the teams face each other twice and the winner of each semi-final will advance to the final. The final is a one-off game that is played at a neutral pre-decided venue.

Indian Super League teams: ATK Mohun Bagan, Bengaluru, Chennaiyin, East Bengal, Goa, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Kerala Blasters, Mumbai City, NorthEast United, Odisha

The ownership structure of the clubs in the ISL is much like how it is in the Indian Premier League, the Indian top division for cricket. Private investors and other wealthy owners rule the clubs and makes sure that the financial part is in place. This ownership structure has allowed the ISL overtake the position as the number one football league in India and attract some of the most famous players from the European football scene.

The ISL has since 2018 been granted spots in both the AFC Cup and the AFC Champions League. The winner of the ISL league stage will be handed a spot in the AFC Champions League group stage and the winner of the Playoffs will be playing in the next season’s AFC Cup Playoffs. So far Indian teams haven’t reached any bigger success in the Asian club competitions, but with the ISL teams growing stronger for every season it should just be a matter of time before we see a team in the later stages of the AFC Cup or the AFC Champions League.


When and where to watch The Indian Super League on TV & Stream


The Indian Super League has been a huge success in terms of audience and number of viewers ever since its first season. Compared to the other top division, the I-League, the Indian Super League has a much bigger fan base and as much as 20 times higher viewers numbers. As an example of this the first ever ISL match, between Atlético de Kolkata and Mumbai City, drew over 70 million viewers. The first round of league games that season had around 170 million viewers. Numbers that’re outperforming both the I-League and the FIFA World Cup when it comes to Indian viewers.

The Star Sports Network is one of the organizers of the ISL and is also broadcasting the league for the Indian audience. For all of you who prefer to watch the games on a live stream rather than on the TV, the Star Sports Network is showing the ISL on their streaming service Hotstar.

Whether you’re a big fan of a team in the Indian Super League or not you’ll find Tvsports.in real useful. With Tvsports.in you’ll have a TV-schedule just for sports on TV or stream. You’ll no longer have to look around to find the right channel or streaming service for today's ISL match. The mast list shows the kick-off time, channel, stream and a short information on the ISL match you want to see. If you wish to only see football in the match list, you can use the filter at the top to hide any sports that you’re not interested in. The service is free-to-use and you can reach the TV-schedule on your computer, phone and tablet.