“Second Tier” of Indian Football – I League starts from November 12

I-League 2022-23

The controversial second tier of Indian football system, I-League 2022-23 season starts from November 12 on wards. This will be the 16th edition of this tournament which started as the 1st Division of Indian football way back in 2007. However, in 2017-18 it was announced that Indian Super League will be known as the First division and I-League as the second division of Indian footballing system.

The I-League season is back, and it will kick off at a venue that is synonymous with the love for the beautiful game – Malappuram! The town where fans throng to the stands whenever any football match takes place, will witness the opening match of the season as defending champions Gokulam Kerala FC and last season’s runners-up Mohammedan Sporting Club will play each other” – I-League said in an official statement

The All India Football Federation on Tuesday announced that I-League will begin from November 12 as Gokulam Kerala will begin their title defense against last season’s runner-up Mohammedan Sporting at Payannad Stadium, Malappuram, Kerala. The first match will begin from 4:30 PM.

The tournament in the last two seasons were held in Bio-bubbles due to COVID restrictions as the matches took place in Kalyani and Naihati – Kolkata. However, with the restrictions being lifted, 13 venues across India are set to host the 12 teams in the tournament.

One of I-League’s favorite venue, the Cooperage stadium at South Bombay will feature Kenkre FC. Meanwhile, due to lack of football stadiums matching standards of AFC, Delhi’s historic Ambedkar Stadium will be home to Rajasthan United FC.

The schedule for the tournament has also been released by the AIFF and all the Venues are out too. 3 out of the 13 venues will make their debut this season – Real Kashmir’s Bakshi Stadium at Srinagar, Sreenidi Deccan FC’s Deccan Arena at Hyderabad and Sudeva Delhi FC‘s Chhatrasal Stadium at New Delhi.

The traditional home and away matches system are set to return with the table topper until the end of season will be declared as winners. The winner will also be promoted to ISL the following season. Kick-off timings will be from around 2 PM, 4:30 PM and 7 PM.

Broadcasting of the tournament are yet to be finalized as the AIFF has extended the deadline for submitting bids for production and broadcast rights to November 3, 6PM.


Schedule for the upcoming I-League season have also been announced.

Below is the list of teams and their home grounds for I-League 2022-23.

Team Venue Location  Capacity
Aizawl FC Rajiv Gandhi Stadium Aizawl, Mizoram 20,000
Churchill Brothers GMC Athletic Stadium Margao, Goa 3,000
Gokulam Kerala EMS Stadium

Payyanad Stadium

Calicut, Kerala 50,000


Kenkre FC Cooperage Ground Mumbai, Maharashtra 5,000
Mohammedan Sporting Kishore Bharati Krirangan Kolkata, West Bengal 12,000
Neroca FC Khuman Lampak Stadium Imphal, Manipur 35,000
Roundglass Punjab Tau Devi Lal Stadium Mohali, Chandigarh 12,000
Rajasthan United Ambedkar Stadium New Delhi, Delhi 35,000
Real Kashmir FC Bakshi Stadium TRC Turf Ground Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 45,000


Sreenidi Deccan FC Deccan Arena Hyderabad, Telengana Not Available
Sudeva Delhi FC Chhatrasal Stadium New Delhi, Delhi 16,000
Tiddim Road Athletic Union (TRAU) Khuman Lampak Stadium Imphal, Manipur 35,000

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