I-League Qualifiers 2021 get underway on October 4 with Madan Maharaj FC taking on Hyderya Sports Kashmir FC at the Bangalore Football Stadium in Bengaluru. The competition will conclude on October 23.
The qualifiers, which will see 10 teams vie for a place in this season’s I-League, will be played in two rounds.
In the first round, teams will be divided into two groups of five each. They will play the sides in their respective groups once. Once all the matches of the first round are over, the top two teams from each group qualify for the final stage of the competition.
The final round will see the four teams play against each other once in a round-robin format with the table topper gaining promotion to I-League 2021-22.
Group A of I-League Qualifiers 2021 features Rajasthan United FC, Hyderya Sports Kashmir FC, Ryntih SC, Madan Maharaj FC and FC Bengaluru United while Group B is made up of Corbett FC, Kenkre Sports, ARA FC, Kerala United FC and Delhi FC.
As many as seven debutants will compete in I-League qualifiers 2021 while FC Bengaluru United, Kenkre Sports and ARA FC are the returning sides.
I-League Qualifiers 2021 groups
Group A: Rajasthan United FC, Hyderya Sports Kashmir FC, Ryntih SC, Madan Maharaj FC, FC Bengaluru United
Group B: Corbett FC, Kenkre Sports, ARA FC, Kerala United FC, Delhi FC.
I-League Qualifiers 2021 schedule, fixtures and match times
All timings mentioned are India Standard Time (IST)
Monday, October 4
Madan Maharaj FC vs Hyderya Sports - 12:30 PM IST
Rajasthan United vs Ryntih SC - 3:45 PM IST
Tuesday, October 5
Kerala United vs Kenkre Sports - 12:30 PM IST
Corbett FC vs ARA FC - 3:45 PM IST
Wednesday, October 6
Rajasthan United vs FC Bengaluru United - 12:30 PM IST
Ryntih SC vs Hyderya Sports - 3:45 PM IST
Thursday, October 7
Delhi FC vs ARA FC - 12:30 PM IST
Kerala United vs Corbett FC - 3:45 PM IST
Friday, October 8
Hyderya Sports vs Rajasthan United - 12:30 PM IST
FC Bengaluru United vs Madan Maharaj FC - 3:45 PM IST
Saturday, October 9
Corbett FC vs Delhi FC - 12:30 PM IST
ARA FC vs Kenkre Sports - 3:45 PM IST
Monday, October 11
FC Bengaluru United vs Ryntih SC - 12:30 PM IST
Madan Maharaj FC vs Rajasthan United - 3:45 PM IST
Tuesday, October 12
Kenkre Sports vs Corbett FC - 12:30 PM IST
Delhi FC vs Kerala United - 3:45 PM IST
Wednesday, October 13
Ryntih SC vs Madan Maharaj FC - TBD
Hyderya Kashmir FC vs FC Bengaluru United - TBD
Thursday, October 14
ARA FC vs Kerala United - TBD
Kenkre Sports vs Delhi FC - TBD
The final round will be played from October 18-23