The seventh season of the Indian Super League (ISL) has started on Friday and is the first major sporting tournament to be held on Indian soil amid the Kovid-19 pandemic. ISL organizer Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) chairperson Nita Ambani has welcomed the return of football to the country.
In the inaugural bout of the seventh season of the ISL, the Kerala Blasters faced defending champions ATK Mohun Bagan at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim on Friday.
Neeta Ambani said, ‘I am proud to announce that ISL will become the first sports competition to be held on such a wide scale in India. We are very happy to bring the league back to your homes again and its matches will be broadcast in more than 80 countries outside India.
He added, ‘In the midst of this epidemic, it took a lot of courage, strong determination and planning to bring football back into our lives. I am confident that the next four months of ISL will add joy, thrill and positivity to our lives.
The 2020-21 season of the ISL will be the biggest season so far as another team has joined this time as East Bengal and the number of teams participating in the league has increased from 10 to 11 while matches this season. The number also increased to 115, while 95 matches were played last season. All matches in the seventh season of the league will be played without spectators at three stadiums in Goa – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Madgaon, Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco di Gama and GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolam. The entire tournament will take place in the Biosicure bubble.