The I-League season is over and the Indian Super League is edging closer to its conclusion in the 2017-18 season. With Super Cup being announced as the new competition for teams from both leagues, two time ISL champions ATK will take on I-League outfit Chennai City FC in one of the Super Cup qualifiers to be played at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar from next week. While ATK will take on Chennai on March 16 at 8 p.m., on the same day Mumbai City FC will lock horns with All India Football Federation (AIFF) developmental side Indian Arrows in another qualifier.
On March 15, Delhi Dynamos will play I-League’s relegated side Churchill Brothers while NorthEast United FC will entertain Gokulam Kerala FC who were dubbed giant killers in the I-League.
The Super Cup is a new 16-team affair, which includes teams from both the Indian Super League and the I-League. The top 6 teams from each league will get a direct qualification to the tournament, while the remaining four slots will be decided via qualifiers.
All ten ISL and I-League clubs will participate in the Super Cup (including the qualifiers) but the clubs positioned between 7th and 10th places in the I-League and ISL will play a single leg qualifier to earn a spot in the final phase of the tournament.
The winners of the four qualifiers will join the top six ISL and I-League clubs in the final phase of the tournament.
The qualifiers for the Super Cup will be played on March 15 and 16. Two matches will be played on each day with the first one kicking off at 5 p.m., while the second match will kick off at 8 p.m.
March 15, 2018:
- Delhi Dynamos FC vs Churchill Brothers (5pm).
- North East United FC vs Gokulam Kerala FC (8pm).
March 16, 2018:
- Mumbai City FC vs Indian Arrows (5pm).
- ATK vs Chennai City FC (8pm).
The final round which will commence from March 31 will also be played at the same venue, the draw for which will be announced shortly.