The football extravaganza in India, Indian Super League (ISL) is returning for a fourth season and promises to be bigger and better than the previous seasons. This 2017-18 season is witnessing the arrival of two new teams, Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC with the league format expanding from 8 teams to 10. The Asian Football Confederation has finally recognised ISL as a national league and therefore the winners will get a spot in the in the next edition of the AFC Cup.
This new season is going to kickstart with everyone’s favourite Kerala Blasters clashing with Amra Team Kolkata. The coach of Kerala Blasters FC, Rene Meulensteen has recently said, “I have always told players that they should figure out who their favourite players are in their best position, see their clips and try and figure out what they’re doing right. If you analyse the top players, the reason they stand out is that they don’t take touches that they don’t need and that creates a different rhythm and speed of play. Hopefully we can get that integrated into the team and see it in the games we play. It’s not easy, of course, but that is what we’re aiming for”.
In parallel, the ATK manager has also prepared his boys for the opening battle against Kerala Blasters FC with full power. He has recently said, “It’s what every boy dreams of, every player, every manager dreams of – to play in front of 60,000 fans. They won’t be supporting us tomorrow but we will know we are doing great if we can keep these amazing fans quiet.”
The fourth season starts tomorrow and the semi-final stage is scheduled from the second week of March 2018 with the final to be held on 17 March, 2018 in Kolkata. If you are a big fan of the game, don’t forget to tune to ISL this time.