The season kicks-off on October 7 in Kochi.
The ninth edition of the Indian Super League (ISL), India’s top-tier football league, kick-off on Friday, October 7, 2022 and is returning to the home-and-away format after two years. Last year’s ISL runners-up Kerala Blasters FC will be hosting East Bengal at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi in the 2022-23 season opener.
The league currently comprises 11 clubs and each team will play 20 league matches – 10 each at home and away. At the end of the League stage matches, the team with the most points will be crowned the League Winners.
The top two ranked teams at the end of the league stage will advance to the semifinals, while teams between third and sixth will clash in a single-round play-off match to determine the other two semifinalists. The winners of the semifinals will meet in the final for the ISL trophy.
In the ISL 2021-22 season, Jamshedpur FC and Hyderabad FC won the League Winners’ Shield and the League title respectively. Each Club is allowed to register a minimum of twenty-five and a maximum of thirty-five players, with six overseas players allowed in the squad for ISL 2022-23. Among the six foreign players, one must be from the AFC nation.
In this article, we take a look at the squad of all 11 Indian Super League teams for ISL 2022-23.
Jamshedpur FC will defend the ISL Winners’ Shield under new coach Aidy Boothroyd. Their title-winning coach Owen Coyle and last season’s Golden Ball winner and proficient player Greg Stewert, have both left the club. Jamshedpur FC start their ISL 2022-23 season against Odisha FC on October 11.
Goalkeepers: TP Rehenesh, Rakshit Dagar, Vishal Yadav, Mohit Singh Dhami
Defenders: Peter Hartley, Eli Sabia, Laldinliana Renthlei, Pratik Chaudhari, Ricky Lallawmawma, Laldinpuia Pachuau, Sandip Mandi, Muhammed Uvais, Saphaba Telem
Midfielders: Wellington Priori, Germanpreet Singh, SK Sahil, Jitendra Singh, Phijam Singh
Forwards: Farukh Choudhary, Daniel Chima Chukwu, Harry Sawyer, Ishan Pandita, Boris Singh, Komal Thatal, Seiminlen Doungel, Ritwik Das, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Nikhil Barla
The defending champions have retained a lot of players from their title-winning squad. However, Juanan and Asish Rai are huge misses for them. Meanwhile, Odei Onaindia returning to the club and Reagan Singh will bolster the squad for the ISL 2022-23 season.
Goalkeepers: Laxmikant Kattimani, Anuj Kumar, Lalbiakhlua Jongte, Gurmeet Singh, Aman Kumar Sahani
Defenders: Odei Onaindia, Chinglensana Singh, Akash Mishra, Reagan Singh, Nim Dorjee Tamang, Manoj Mohammad, Alex Saji, Soyal Joshy, Abdul Rabeeh AK, Nikhil Poojary, Abdul Anjukandan, Rohit Danu
Midfielders: Joao Victor, Borja Herrera, Hitesh Sharma, Mohammad Yasir, Sahil Tavora, Mark Zothanpuia, Sweden Fernandes, Lalchungnunga Chhangte
Forwards: Bartholomew Ogbeche, Javi Siverio, Joel Chianese, Halicharan Narzary, Aaren D’Silva, Rohit Danu
ATK Mohun Bagan
Juan Ferrando will remain at the helm for ATK Mohun Bagan. But the absence of Roy Krishna and David Williams in the squad will be a huge miss for the Mariners in ISL 2022-23. They are looking forward to new challenges as they have signed former Manchester United player Paul Pogba’s elder brother Florentin Pogba.
Goalkeepers: Vishal Kaith, Arsh Shaikh, Debnath Mondal
Defenders: Brendan Hamill, Florentin Pogba, Pritam Kotal, Subhasish Bose, Asish Rai, Ravi Rana, Sumit Rathi, Deepak Tangri
Midfielders: Carl McHugh, Joni Kauko, Hugo Boumous, Lenny Rodrigues, Pronay Halder, Lalrinliana Hnamte, Engson Ningombam, Abhishek Suryavanshi, Ricky Shabong
Forwards: Dimitrios Petratos, Liston Colaco, Manvir Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Kiyan Nassiri, Fardin Ali Molla
Kerala Blasters FC
The runners-up were marvelous under Ivan Vukomanovic last season, reaching the final after six long years. However, strikers Alvaro Vazquez and Jorge Pereyra Diaz aren’t at the club this season. ISL 2021-22’s Golden Glove winner Prabhsukhan Singh Gill will be the one to watch out for this year. They have also made some more exciting signings.
Goalkeepers: Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Sachin Suresh, Karanjit Singh, Muheet Khan
Defenders: Marko Leskovic, Victor Mongil, Harmanjot Khabra, Hormipam Ruivah, Sandeep Singh, Nishu Kumar, Jessel Carneiro, Bijoy Varghese
Midfielders: Adrian Luna, Ivan Kaliuzhnyi, Sahal Abdul Samad, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Jeakson Singh, Ayush Adhikari, Givson Singh, Bryce Miranda, Nihal Sudeesh, Saurav Mandal, Vibin Mohanan
Forwards: Apostolos Giannou, Dimitrios Diamantakos, Rahul Kannoly Praveen, Bidyashagar Singh, Sreekuttan MS
Mumbai City FC
The 2021-22 title winners missed out on the playoffs last season, but are coming back to action with some massive statement signings. Greg Stewart and Pereyra Diaz are their major signings this season.
Goalkeepers: Phurba Lachenpa, Mohammed Nawaz, Bhaskar Roy
Defenders: Mourtada Fall, Rostyn Griffiths, Rahul Bheke, Amey Ranawade, Sanjeev Stalin, Mandar Rao Dessai, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Mehtab Singh, Gursimrat Singh Gill
Midfielders: Ahmed Jahouh, Alberto Noguera, Lalengmawia Ralte, Vinit Rai, Rowllin Borges, Asif Khan
Forwards: Greg Stewart, Jorge Pereyra Diaz, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Bipin Singh, Vikram Partap Singh, Gurkirat Singh, Ayush Chhikara
Sunil Chhetri’s Bengaluru FC have struggled in the last two seasons, but they are set to open their campaign with a big win – the 2022 Durand Cup title. Apart from this, they’ve added star power to their ISL 2022-23 squad including Roy Krishna, Sandesh Jhingan and Javi Hernandez.
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Lara Sharma, Amrit Gope, Sharon Padattil
Defenders: Parag Shrivas, Sandesh Jhingan, Aleksander Jovanovic, Alan Costa, Wungngayam Muirang, Hira Mondal, Namgyal Bhutia, Naorem Roshan Singh, Prabir Das
Midfielders: Bruno Ramires, Jayesh Rane, Suresh Wangjam, Javi Hernandez, Danish Farooq, Rohit Kumar, Biswa Darjee, Damaitphang Lyngdoh, Thoi Singh
Forwards: Prince Ibara, Sunil Chhetri, Harmanpreet Singh, Faisal Ali, Udanta Singh, Roy Krishna, Leon Augustine, Sivasakthi Narayanan
Former head Josep Gombau returned to the club after two years, and so is centre-back Carlos Delgado. The ISL title-winning goalkeeper Amrinder Singh will be one of the biggest additions to their squad this ISL 2022-23 season.
Goalkeepers: Amrinder Singh, Lalthuammawia Ralte, Niraj Kumar
Defenders: Carlos Delgado, Narendar Gahlot, Shubham Sarangi, Lalruatthara, Sahil Panwar, Denechandra Meitei, Nikhil Prabhu, Lalhrezuala Sailung, Deven Sawhney, Rishabh Dobriyal, Sebastian Thangmuansang, Lalhrezuala Sailung
Midfielders: Osama Malik, Saul Crespo, Victor Rodriguez, Raynier Fernandes, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Thoiba Singh, Paul Ramfangzuava
Forwards: Diego Mauricio, Pedro Martin, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Nandhakumar Sekar, Michael Soosairaj, Akshunna Tyagi, Isak Vanlalruatfela, CVL Remtluanga
Chennaiyin FC have struggled in the last two seasons like Bengaluru FC. However, they’ve completed their recruitment differently, packing their squad with exciting young Indian players.
Goalkeepers: Debjit Majumder, Samik Mitra, Devansh Dabas, Lovepreet Singh
Defenders: Fallou Diagne, Vafa Hakhamaneshi, Sajid Dhot, Narayan Das, Ajith Kumar, Aakash Sangwan, Gurmukh Singh, Monotosh Chakladar, Balaji Ganesan, Aqib Nawab, Gulab Rauth
Midfielders: Julius Duker, Anirudh Thapa, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Sajal Bag, Sourav Das, Jiteshwor Singh, Mohammed Rafique, Abdenasser El Khayati, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Chris Anthoy White, Jockson Dhas, Ninthoingamba Meetei, Mohamed Liyaakath, Vincy Barreto
Forwards: Petar Sliskovic, Kwame Karikari, Rahim Ali, Joby Justin, Suhail Pasha, Senthamil Senbagam
One of the prominent ISL teams, FC Goa, was not very impressive in the last season. Carlos Pena, who ended his playing career in 2020 while playing for FC Goa, returned to the club this year as their new head coach. Edu Bedia remains with the squad and Alvaro Vazquez is their major new signing this season.
Goalkeepers: Dheeraj Singh, Arshdeep Singh, Hrithik Tiwari
Defenders: Sanson Pereira, Anwar Ali, Fares Arnaout, Leander D’Cunha, Marc Valiente, Seriton Fernandes, Saviour Gama, Aibanbha Dohling, Lesly Rebello
Midfielders: Brandon Fernandes (Captain), Princeton Rebello, Ayush Chhetri, Phrangki Buam, Makan Chothe, Redeem Tlang, Edu Bedia, Glan Martins, Brison Fernandes, Muhammed Nemil, Lalremruata HP
Forwards: Noah Sadaoui, Devendra Murgaokar, Iker Guarrotxena, Alvaro Vazquez
NorthEast United FC
NorthEast United FC will have a lot of ISL debutants in their squad in the 2022-23 season. However, Matt Derbyshire brings along years of experience, including the English Premier League. Marco Balbul was appointed as their new head coach after the departure of Indian professional manager Khalid Jamil.
Goalkeepers: Arindam Bhattacharya, Mirshad Michu, Nikhil Deka, Khoirom Singh
Defenders: Michael Jakobsen, Aaron Evans, Gaurav Bora, Gurjinder Kumar, Joe Zoherliana, Mashoor Shereef, Tondonba Singh, Provat Lakra
Midfielders: Jon Gaztanaga, Romain Phillippoteaux, Emanuel Lalchhanchhuaha, Emil Benny, Pragyan Gogoi, Mohamed Irshad, Imran Khan, Sehnaj Singh
Forwards: Matt Derbyshire, Sylvester Igboun, Rochharzela, Laldanmawia Ralte, Jithin MS, Gani Nigam, Dipu Mirdha, Alfred Lalroutsang, Parthib Gogoi
East Bengal FC
The club is looking forward to competing more efficiently than the last two seasons. The Stephen Constantine era is underway at East Bengal. The presence of Indians like VP Suhair, Jerry Lalrinzuala and Souvik Chakrabarti bring considerable strength to their squad.
Goalkeepers: Kamaljit Singh, Naveen Kumar, Pawan Kumar
Defenders: Ivan Gonzalez, Charis Kyriakou, Ankit Mukherjee, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Lalchungnunga, Mohammed Rakip, Sarthak Golui, Nabi Khan, Pritam Singh, Tuhin Das
Midfielders: Alex Lima, Jordan O’Doherty, Amarjit Singh, Mobashir Rahman, Souvik Chakrabarti, Wahengbam Luwang, Aniket Jadhav,
Forwards: Cleiton Silva, Eliandro, VP Suhair, Semboi Haokip, Sumeet Passi, Naorem Mahesh Singh, Himanshu Jangra