ISL clubs play friendlies against each other in bio-bubble

KOCHI: The Indian Super League (ISL) is set to kick-off from November 20 in a bio-bubble in Goa, but a few teams have already begun their activities on the field. In a first, the ISL clubs are playing friendly games against each other amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, reports New Indian Express.

FC Goa and Jamshedpur were involved in a five-goal affair on Sunday while Kerala Blasters got the better of Hyderabad FC and played a stalemate against Mumbai City. Chennaiyin FC suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Mumbai City on Monday.

Since all ISL clubs are in Goa in bio-secure bubbles, playing against each other remains the only choice. The teams are adapting to this new normal and are keen to make the most out of the situation.

Ahead of the friendlies, teams have to write a mail to the organisers, requesting permission to play and to provide referees to officiate the games, although it's up to the organisers to provide referees for these games. There is a separate bubble for referees and match officials, NIE further reports.