The competition will kick-off with a blockbuster clash between the defending champions and last season’s runners-up.

I-League 2022-23 will return to its traditional home-away format for the first time since 2020. The league will unfold its 16th edition on November 12 in Malappuram with defending champions Gokulam Kerala FC hosting Kolkata giants Mohammedan Sporting.

The Malabarians created history by becoming the first side ever to defend their crown in the 2021-22 edition by beating the same opponents on the final matchday. They became the first side in 14 years to do so in Indian football league’s history.

With a new season almost upon us, we take a look at everything you need to know about I-League 2022-23.

About the League

The I-League was India’s only club football league before the introduction of the high-profile Indian Super League (ISL) in 2014. It came into existence in 2007, succeeding the National Football League (NFL).

Unlike the ISL, the I-League has a proper football plan in place with promotion and relegation taking place every season through the I-League second division/I-League qualifiers. The league has had seven winners ever since its inception.

Dempo FC won the title a record three times followed by Churchill Brothers, Bengaluru FC, Mohun Bagan and Gokulam Kerala – all of who have won the title twice. Chennai City FC, Salgaocar, Aizawl FC, Minerva Punjab have won the championship once.

The competition was played behind closed doors for the last two seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last season, the league was stopped due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the bio bubble in December before being resumed in February 2022.

One major change that will be seen in this year’s competition will be the exclusion of the AIFF’s developmental side – the Indian Arrows. Kenkre FC, who were relegated last season, have been allowed to participate in the league this year due to the exit of the Arrows.

Venues

  • Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Aizawl, Mizoram
  • GMC Athletic Stadium, Margao, Goa 
  • EMS Stadium, Calicut, Kerala 
  • Payyanad Stadium, Manjeri, Kerala 
  • Cooperage Ground, Mumbai, Maharashtra 
  • Kishore Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Khuman Lampak Main Stadium, Imphal, Manipur
  • Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
  • Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi
  • Bakshi Stadium, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
  • TRC Turf Ground, Jammu and Kashmir
  • Deccan Arena, Hyderabad, Telangana
  • Chhatrasal Stadium, New Delhi

Teams

A total of 12 teams are participating in the I-League 2022-23. Among them is Kenkre FC, who were relegated last season, but were allowed to participate in the I-League this season. Meanwhile, AIFF’s developmental team Indian Arrows have been dismantled and will no longer be participating in the I-League. The teams are as follows:

  • Gokulam Kerala FC
  • Mohammedan SC
  • Sreenidi Deccan
  • Churchill Brothers FC Goa
  • RoundGlass Punjab FC
  • Rajasthan United FC
  • Neroca FC
  • Aizawl FC
  • TRAU FC
  • Sudeva Delhi
  • Real Kashmir FC
  • Kenkre FC

Fixtures

I-League 2022-23 November Fixtures

Gokulam Kerala vs Mohammedan SC, 12 Nov 2022 – 4:30 PM

NEROCA FC vs Real Kashmir, 13 Nov 2022 – 4:30 PM

Sudeva Delhi vs Kenkre FC, 14 Nov 2022 – 4:30 PM

RoundGlass Punjab vs Sreenidi Deccan, 14 Nov 2022 – 7:00 PM

Aizawl FC vs TRAU FC, 15 Nov 2022 – 4:30 PM

Churchill Brothers vs Rajasthan United, 15 Nov 2022 – 7:00 PM

Aizawl FC vs Gokulam Kerala, 18 Nov 2022 – 2:00 PM 

NEROCA FC vs Sudeva Delhi, 18 Nov 2022 – 4:30 PM 

Real Kashmir vs Rajasthan United, 19 Nov 2022 – 2:00 PM 

Churchill Brothers vs Sreenidi Deccan, 20 Nov 2022 – 2:00 PM 

RoundGlass Punjab vs Mohammedan SC, 20 Nov 2022 – 4:30 PM 

TRAU FC vs Kenkre FC, 21 Nov 2022 – 7:00 PM 

Aizawl FC vs Sudeva Delhi, 21 Nov 2022 – 4:30 PM 

Real Kashmir vs Gokulam Kerala, 22 Nov 2022 – 4:30 PM 

RoundGlass Punjab vs Rajasthan United, 23 Nov 2022 – 4:30 PM 

Mohammedan SC vs NEROCA FC, 23 Nov 2022 – 7:00 PM 

Sreenidi Deccan vs TRAU FC, 24 Nov 2022 – 2:00 PM

Kenkre FC vs Churchill Brothers, 24 Nov 2022 – 4:30 PM 

Sudeva Delhi vs Rajasthan United, 26 Nov 2022 – 2:00 PM

Sreenidi Deccan vs Gokulam Kerala, 27 Nov 2022 – 2:00 PM 

Mohammedan SC vs TRAU FC, 27 Nov 2022 – 4:30 PM

Real Kashmir vs Churchill Brothers, 28 Nov 2022 – 4:30 PM 

RoundGlass Punjab vs Aizawl FC, 28 Nov 2022 – 4:30 PM 

Kenkre FC vs NEROCA FC, 29 Nov 2022 – 7:00 PM

I-League 2022-23 December Fixtures

Sreenidi Deccan vs Mohammedan SC, 01 Dec 2022 – 2:00 PM 

Real Kashmir vs TRAU FC, 01 Dec 2022 – 4:30 PM 

Churchill Brothers vs Aizawl FC, 02 Dec 2022 – 4:30 PM 

Rajasthan United vs NEROCA FC, 03 Dec 2022 – 2:00 PM 

Sudeva Delhi vs RoundGlass Punjab, 04 Dec 2022 – 2:00 PM 

Kenkre FC vs Gokulam Kerala, 04 Dec 2022 – 4:30 PM 

Real Kashmir vs Sreenidi Deccan, 06 Dec 2022 – 4:30 PM 

Churchill Brothers vs Mohammedan SC, 06 Dec 2022 – 7:00 PM 

Rajasthan United vs Sreenidi Deccan, 07 Dec 2022 – 4:30 PM 

Gokulam Kerala vs Sudeva Delhi, 07 Dec 2022 – 7:00 PM 

Aizawl FC vs NEROCA FC, 08 Dec 2022 – 2:00 PM 

TRAU FC vs RoundGlass Punjab, 08 Dec 2022 – 4:30 PM 

Sudeva Delhi vs Churchill Brothers, 10 Dec 2022 – 2:00 PM 

Sreenidi Deccan vs Aizawl FC, 11 Dec 2022 – 2:00 PM 

TRAU FC vs NEROCA FC, 11 Dec 2022 – 4:30 PM 

Real Kashmir vs RoundGlass Punjab, 12 Dec 2022 – 4:30 PM 

Gokulam Kerala vs Rajasthan United, 12 Dec 2022 – 7:00 PM 

Mohammedan SC vs Kenkre FC, 13 Dec 2022 – 7:00 PM 

Sudeva Delhi vs Sreenidi Deccan, 14 Dec 2022 – 7:00 PM 

TRAU FC vs Rajasthan United, 15 Dec 2022 – 2:00 PM 

Gokulam Kerala vs NEROCA FC, 15 Dec 2022 – 4:30 PM 

Churchill Brothers vs RoundGlass Punjab, 16 Dec 2022 – 2:00 PM 

Mohammedan SC vs Real Kashmir, 16 Dec 2022 – 4:30 PM

Aizawl FC vs Kenkre FC, 17 Dec 2022 – 2:00 PM

Churchill Brothers vs TRAU FC, 20 Dec 2022 – 4:30 PM 

Rajasthan United vs Aizawl FC, 20 Dec 2022 – 7:00 PM 

NEROCA FC vs Sreenidi Deccan, 21 Dec 2022 – 4:30 PM 

RoundGlass Punjab vs Gokulam Kerala, 21 Dec 2022 – 7:00 PM 

Sudeva Delhi vs Mohammedan SC, 22 Dec 2022 – 2:00 PM 

Kenkre FC vs Real Kashmir, 22 Dec 2022 – 4:30 PM 

I-League 2022-23 January Fixtures

TRAU FC vs Sudeva Delhi, 05 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM 

Rajasthan United vs Mohammedan SC, 06 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM 

Sreenidi Deccan vs Kenkre FC, 07 Jan 2023 – 2:00 PM 

RoundGlass Punjab vs NEROCA FC, 08 Jan 2023 – 2:00 PM 

Gokulam Kerala vs Churchill Brothers, 08 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM

Aizawl FC vs Real Kashmir, 09 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM 

Rajasthan United vs Sreenidi Deccan, 11 Jan 2023 – 7:00 PM

Sudeva Delhi vs Real Kashmir, 12 Jan 2023 – 2:00 PM

Churchill Brothers vs NEROCA FC, 12 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM

Mohammedan SC vs Aizawl FC, 13 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM 

RoundGlass Punjab vs Mumbai Kenkre FC, 14 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM

Gokulam Kerala vs TRAU FC, 15 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM

Sudeva Delhi vs Aizawl FC, 16 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM 

Sreenidi Deccan vs RoundGlass Punjab, 17 Jan 2023 – 2:00 PM 

Rajasthan United vs Churchill Brothers, 17 Jan 2023 – 7:00 PM 

NEROCA FC vs TRAU FC, 18 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM 

Mumbai Kenkre vs Mohammedan SC, 19 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM

Gokulam Kerala vs Real Kashmir, 20 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM

NEROCA FC vs Aizawl FC, 21 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM 

Mohammedan SC vs RoundGlass Punjab, 22 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM 

Sudeva Delhi vs TRAU FC, 23 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM

Kenkre FC vs Sreenidi Deccan, 23 Jan 2023 – 7:00 PM

Churchill Brothers vs Real Kashmir, 24 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM 

Rajasthan United vs Gokulam Kerala, 24 Jan 2023 – 7:00 PM 

Aizawl FC vs Mohammedan SC, 26 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM 

RoundGlass Punjab vs Real Kashmir, 27 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM

Rajasthan United vs TRAU FC, 28 Jan 2023 – 2:00 PM 

Sreenidi Deccan vs NEROCA FC, 29 Jan 2023 – 2:00 PM

Gokulam Kerala vs Kenkre FC, 29 Jan 2023 – 4:30 PM 

Churchill Brothers vs Sudeva Delhi, 30 Jan 2023 – 7:00 PM

I-League 2022-23 February Fixtures

Real Kashmir vs Aizawl FC, 01 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM 

Kenkre FC vs RoundGlass Punjab, 01 Feb 2023 – 7:00 PM 

Rajasthan United vs Sudeva Delhi, 02 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM 

TRAU FC vs Mohammedan SC, 03 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM 

Sreenidi Deccan vs Churchill Brothers, 04 Feb 2023 – 2:00 PM

NEROCA FC vs Gokulam Kerala, 05 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM

TRAU FC vs Sreenidi Deccan, 07 Feb 2023 – 2:00 PM 

Mohammedan SC vs Churchill Brothers, 07 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM

NEROCA FC vs Kenkre FC, 08 Feb 2023 – 2:00 PM 

Real Kashmir vs Sudeva Delhi, 08 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM

Aizawl FC vs Rajasthan United, 09 Feb 2023 – 2:00 PM 

Gokulam Kerala vs RoundGlass Punjab, 09 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM

TRAU FC vs Churchill Brothers, 10 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM

Real Kashmir vs NEROCA FC, 11 Feb 2023 – 2:00 PM

Sreenidi Deccan vs Rajasthan United, 12 Feb 2023 – 2:00 PM

Mohammedan SC vs Gokulam Kerala, 12 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM

Aizawl FC vs RoundGlass Punjab FC, 13 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM

Kenkre FC vs Sudeva Delhi, 13 Feb 2023 – 7:00 PM

Kenkre FC vs Rajasthan United, 16 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM 

TRAU FC vs Aizawl FC, 17 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM

Real Kashmir vs Mohammedan SC, 18 Feb 2023 – 2:00 PM

Sreenidi Deccan vs Sudeva Delhi, 19 Feb 2023 – 2:00 PM

Churchill Brothers vs Gokulam Kerala, 19 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM

NEROCA FC vs RoundGlass Punjab, 20 Feb 2023 – 7:00 PM

Churchill Brothers vs Kenkre FC, 22 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM

NEROCA FC vs Rajasthan United, 23 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM

Mohammedan SC vs Sreenidi Deccan, 24 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM

Gokulam Kerala vs Aizawl FC, 25 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM

TRAU FC vs Real Kashmir, 26 Feb 2023 – 2:00 PM

RoundGlass Punjab vs Sudeva Delhi, 26 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM

Aizawl FC vs Sreenidi Deccan, 28 Feb 2023 – 4:30 PM

Mohammedan SC vs Rajasthan United, 28 Feb 2023 – 7:00 PM

I-League 2022-23 March Fixtures

Sudeva Delhi vs NEROCA FC, 01 Mar 2023 – 4:30 PM

RoundGlass Punjab vs Churchll Brothers, 01 Mar 2023 – 7:00 PM

Real Kashmir vs Kenkre FC, 02 Mar 2023 – 4:30 PM 

TRAU FC vs Gokulam Kerala, 02 Mar 2023 – 7:00 PM 

Sudeva Delhi vs Gokulam Kerala, TBA – TBA

Aizawl FC vs Churchill Brothers, TBA – TBA

Rajasthan United vs RoundGlass Punjab, TBA – TBA

NEROCA FC vs Mohammedan SC, TBA – TBA

Sreenidi Deccan vs Real Kashmir, TBA – TBA

Kenkre FC vs TRAU FC, TBA – TBA

Mohammedan SC vs Sudeva Delhi, TBA – TBA

RoundGlass Punjab vs TRAU FC, TBA – TBA

Gokulam Kerala vs Sreenidi Deccan, TBA – TBA

NEROCA FC vs Churchill Brothers, TBA – TBA

Rajasthan United vs Real Kashmir, TBA – TBA

Kenkre FC vs Aizawl FC, TBA – TBA

Prize Money

  • I-League Champions: ₹1 Crore
  • First Runners-up: ₹ 60 Lakh
  • Second Runners-up: ₹40 Lakh
  • Fourth: ₹25 Lakh

Telecast

The 2022-23 season of the I-League will be broadcast on two different television channels for the first time in the history of the competition, with the matches set to be shown on Eurosport and Doordarshan Sports. Discovery+ will be live streaming the competition.

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