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The eighth edition of the Indian Super League is set to begin on November 19, 2021. 11 teams will compete in the country’s premier football competition, with the top four spots in the ISL points table a target for all the clubs with regards to AFC Champions League and AFC Cup playoff qualification.

This is because the qualification procedure of the ISL playoffs remains the same in ISL 2021-22.

How does the ISL points table work?

115 matches (110 league games + five playoffs) will be played over the course of the ISL campaign - all behind 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

SC East Bengal secured their first win of the Indian Super League 2021-22 season as they defeated FC Goa 2-1 at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Goa on Thursday, January 19. Naorem Mahesh Singh bagged a brace for the Red and Gold brigade while Alberto Noguera scored one for the Gaurs. With this win, SC East Bengal moved to 10th while FC Goa are one place above with 13 points from 12 matches.

ISL points table 2021-22

Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost GD Points
1 Kerala Blasters 11 5 5 1 8 20
2 Jamshedpur FC 11 5 4 2 6 19
3 Hyderabad FC 11 4 5 2 10 17
4 Mumbai City FC 11 5 2 4 2 17
5 Odisha FC 11 5 1 5 -4 16
6 ATK Mohun Bagan 11 4 3 2 2 15
7 Chennaiyin FC 11 4 3 4 -3 15
8 Bengaluru FC 11 3 4 4 -4 13
9 FC Goa 12 3 4 5 -5 13
10 SC East Bengal 12 1 6 5 -8 9
11 NorthEast United FC 11 2 3 7 -7 9

Featured photo: Website / Indian Super League

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