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FC Goa begins campaign against Chennaiyin FC on October 23

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Unlike last year, FC Goa start their Indian Super League (ISL) 6 campaign with two home matches – October 23 and 29 – before they fly to the North East for their first away match as the tournament is set to begin on October 20. All matches have been scheduled to start at 7.30 pm making it impossible for people from Goa to avail public transport this year.

AIFF has requested Asian Football confederation (AFC) to allot the slot of the AFC Asian Champions league to the winner of the ISL league and not the winner of the knock out competition held after the league table is decided. However, there has been no confirmation yet from AFC in this regard.

FC Goa plays their first match on October 23 against Chennaiyin FC and face Champions Bengaluru FC on October 29. The team then plays their first away match against NorthEast United FC on November 1 and stop in Mumbai to meet neighbours Mumbai City FC on November 7.

The ISL draw released by the tournament organisers reveals that teams this year have to play after a break of three to four days at home or away. FC Goa completes its twelve rounds of the league on February 19 against Jamshedpur FC and the tournament is set for a break after February 23 when Delhi Dynamos host Kerala Blasters.

The ISL draw also reveals that all teams will be playing their home matches in the venues played before rubbishing rumours that Delhi Dynamos and FC Pune City were contemplating moving out.

The fixtures are divided into eighteen rounds, with each consisting of five match days each. During the course of each round, each of the 10 teams will be in action once.

The first three rounds will have no breaks between them from October 20 to November 3.

The international break will start from November 11 to November 22during which time the Indian national team is scheduled to play two FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers matches. India will be on the road to face Afghanistan on November 14 followed by a tryst with the mighty Oman five days later.

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