I-League 2018-19: When does it start, fixture schedule & how to watch

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The 12th edition of the I-League is about to start and here's everything you need to know ahead of the opening weekend....

The 2018-19 edition of the I-League is all set to get underway on Friday with Chennai City FC taking on the Indian Arrows in the opener.

11 teams will battle it out for the crown of India’s best with the 12th edition of the league promising to be another intriguing affair.

The season is set to run for five months or so with the final round of matches to take place in March next year.

Below, Goal lists all the necessary information ahead of the new season including the complete fixture schedule and how to watch it.


When does the I-League start?


The new I-League campaign gets underway at the Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore with Chennai City hosting All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) developmental side Indian Arrows in a 17:00 IST kick off on Friday, October 26.

Unlike the Indian Super League (ISL), the coming edition of the I-League will not pause for any international breaks including the duration of the 2019 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Asian Cup in which India is due to take part.
 


Which I-League games will be played on the opening game week?


Date Fixture Time (IST) Venue
October 26 Chennai City v Indian Arrows 5.00 pm Nehru Stadium, Coimbatore
October 27 NEROCA FC v East Bengal 2:00 pm Khuman Lampak Stadium, Imphal
October 27 Gokulam FC v Mohun Bagan 5:00 pm EMS Corporation Stadium, Calicut
October 28 Minerva Punjav v Churchill Brothers 2:00 pm Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Panchkula
October 28 Shillong Lajong v Aizawl FC 5.00 pm Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Shillong

The opening day of the league will feature a sole fixture as Chennai City FC lock horns with Indian Arrows at Coimbatore.

Kolkata giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan will then be in action on Saturday, October 27. While East Bengal travel to Imphal to take on last season’s runner-up NEROCA FC, Mohun Bagan will make the journey to Kerala to take on Gokulam Kerala FC.

Reigning champions Minerva FC will be in action on Sunday as they play host to Goan outfit Churchill Brothers before an all-North East clash between Shillong Lajong and Aizawl FC on the same day.


How can I watch I-League games on TV?


Star Sports have the rights to the I-League in India this season as well and will be broadcasting games on their network of channels as well as their online streaming platform - Hotstar. 

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A list of every I-League fixture for the first half of the season (until the end of 2018) is given below.

Date Fixture Time (IST)
October 26, 2018 Chennai City v Indian Arrows 5:00 pm
October 27, 2018 NEROCA FC v East Bengal 2:00 pm
October 27, 2018 Gokulam FC v Mohun Bagan 5.00 pm
October 28, 2018 Minerva Punjab v Churchill Brothers 2:00 pm
October 28, 2018 Shillong Lajong v Aizawl FC 5:00 pm
October 31, 2018 NEROCA v Gokulam 2:00 pm
October 31, 2018 Minerva Punjab v Real Kashmir 2:00 pm
November 1, 2018 Shillong Lajong v East Bengal 2:00 pm
November 1, 2018 Chennai City v Churchill Brothers 5:00 pm
November 3, 2018 Mohun Bagan v Aizawl 5:00 pm
November 4, 2018 Gokulam FC v Chennai City 5:00 pm
November 5, 2018 Indian Arrows v Shillong Lajong 5:00 pm
November 6, 2018 Real Kashmir v Churchill Brothers 5:00 pm
November 7, 2018 Aizawl v NEROCA 5:00 pm
November 10, 2018 Aizawl v Minerva Punjab 2:00 pm
November 10, 2018 Indian Arrows v Mohun Bagan 5:00 pm
November 11, 2018 Real Kashmir v NEROCA 2:00 pm
November 11, 2018 Gokulam FC v Shillong Lajong 5:00 pm
November 13, 2018 East Bengal v Chennai City 5:00 pm
November 15, 2018 Churchill Brothers v Shillong Lajong 5:00 pm
November 16, 2018 Aizawl v Chennai City 2:00 pm
November 18, 2018 Gokulam v Minerva Punjab 7:30 pm
November 20, 2018 Real Kashmir v Mohun Bagan 2:00 pm
November 23, 2018 Shillong Lajong v MInerva Punjab 5:00 pm
November 24, 2018 Aizawl v East Bengal 2:00 pm
November 24, 2018 Chennai City v NEROCA 5:00 pm
November 25, 2018 Real Kashmir v Indian Arrows 2:00 pm
November 25, 2018 Mohun Bagan v Churchill Brothers 5:00 pm
November 30, 2018 Gokulam v Churchill Brothers 5:00 pm
December 1, 2018 Minerva Punjab v Indian Arrows 2:00 pm
December 1, 2018 Mohun Bagan v Chennai City 5:00 pm
December 2, 2018 Shillong Lajong v NEROCA 5:00 pm
December 4, 2018 East Bengal v Minerva Punjab 5:00 pm
December 5, 2018 Real Kashmir 2:00 pm
December 7, 2018 NEROCA v Indian Arrows 2:00 pm
December 8, 2018 East Bengal v Gokulam 5:00 pm
December 9, 2018 Churchill Brothers v Aizawl 5:00 pm
December 11, 2018 Real Kashmir v Shillong Lajong 2:00 pm
December 14, 2018 Indian Arrows v Aizawl 5:00 pm
December 15, 2018 NEROCA v Churchill Brothers 2:00 pm
December 15, 2018 Gokulam v Real Kashmir 5:00 pm
December 16, 2018 Minerva Punjab v Chennai City 2:00 pm
December 16, 2018 East Bengal v Mohun Bagan 5:00 pm
December 19, 2018 Minerva Punjab v Mohun Bagan 2:00 pm
December 20, 2018 Churchill Brothers v East Bengal 5:00 pm
December 21, 2018 Indian Arrows v Gokulam 5:00 pm
December 22, 2018 Chennai City v Real Kashmir 7:30 pm
December 23, 2018 NEROCA v Minerva Punjab 2:00 pm
December 23, 2018 Mohun Bagan v Shillong Lajong 5:00 pm
December 28, 2018 NEROCA v Mohun Bagan 2:00 pm
December 28, 2018 East Bengal v Real Kashmir 5:00 pm
December 29, 2018 Aizawl v Gokulam 2:00 pm
December 29, 2018 Chennai City v Shillong Lajong 5:00 pm
December 30, 2018 Indian Arrows v Churchill Brothers 5:00pm

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