For the first time in the Indian Super League, 11 teams will compete in the country’s premier football competition. However, the top four spots in the ISL points table will remain the target for all the clubs.
This is because qualification procedure of the ISL playoffs remains the same in ISL 2020-21.
How does the ISL points table work?
For the first time in the ISL, 110 matches will be played during the league stages before the playoffs - all behind the closed doors in Goa. The top four teams from the league stages will qualify for the ISL playoffs.
The team that will finish at the top of the ISL points table will be awarded the ISL League Winners Shield and will also earn a place in the AFC Champions League group stage.
Each ISL team will play the other twice in a round-robin format, which means each club will play 20 matches in the league stages. Their results will dictate what they earn:
- Win: 3 points
- Draw: 1 point
- Loss: 0 points
The final position of a club in the standings will be determined by the points won during the league stage games. If two or more teams are level on points, the position in the standings will be decided by the following determining factors (in order):
- Most points earned between the clubs head-to-head in the league stage
- Superior goal difference between the clubs head-to-head in the league stage
- Most goals scored between the clubs head-to-head in the league stage
- Superior goal difference in all league matches
- Most goals scored in all league matches
- Highest fair play ranking
- Drawing of lots
On Sunday, February 28, Mumbai City FC defeated ATK Mohun Bagan 2-0 to claim the ISL League Winners Shield crown (top of the table finish in the league stage) at the GMC Stadium, Bambolim. With this win, the Islanders have also sealed the group stage spot in the AFC Champions League next year. In the other clash of the day, FC Goa played out a goalless draw against Hyderabad FC to become the fourth and final team to qualify for the playoffs of the ISL 2020-21.
ISL points table 2020-21
|1||Mumbai City FC||20||12||4||4||17||40|
|2||ATK Mohun Bagan||20||12||4||4||13||40|
|3||NorthEast United FC||20||8||9||3||6||33|
|9||SC East Bengal||20||3||8||9||-11||17|
|10||Kerala Blasters FC||20||3||8||9||-13||17|
Feature image courtesy: AFP / Punit Paranjpe