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# ISL Points Table: How it works and ISL 2021-22 league standings

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The ISL points table is a visual representation of the current state of the football clubs of the ongoing Indian Super League season. It considers the number of wins, losses, draws, and the ratio of goals scored and conceded by teams to rank them. A total of 115 matches (110 league games and five playoff/knockout matches) are played in a single ISL season.

The ISL points table 2021-22 on March 7, 2022, Sunday, saw Jamshedpur FC beat ATK Mohun Bagan FC 1-0 to end their league campaign at the top position and claim the ISL League Winners’ Shield.

## How Indian Super League points table work

The primary aim of every team during the league stage is to finish within the top four positions of the points table, which in turn helps them to qualify for the ISL playoffs. The added incentive for finishing at the top of the points table in the league stage is the ISL League Winners Shield. The club finishing as the table topper gets an automatic qualification in the AFC Champions League group stages.

##### How are points obtained in ISL?
1. A club is allotted 3 points for every win in the league stages.
2. 1 point is given for a draw, which is shared by both the teams drawing the match.
3. For a defeat, a club is allotted zero points

However, the points table is not this simple and the calculation gets complicated as the season progresses. With each team playing 20 matches during the league stage, the number of points earned by two or more teams overlaps numerous times. In such a scenario, the following criteria are used to determine the clubs’ positions.

1. If two teams are tied on the same point, then the team with more points in head-to-head between the clubs get the higher position.
2. If the head-to-head doesn’t separate the two teams, then the team with a superior goal difference in matches played between the two clubs is given priority.
3. If the goal difference in their concerned matches cannot determine the position of the two teams, then the team with more goals moves to the higher position.
4. In the unlikely scenario that the goals scored by the two teams fail to separate them, then their goal difference in the entire league is taken into consideration.
5. The process continues with eventually the team with the highest fair play ranking is considered to stay above.
6. The last resort is a draw.

## ISL records and statistics

The most points earned in a single season is 40 points, a feat that has been achieved by Bengaluru FC (2017-18), Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan (2020-21). On the other hand, the fewest points in an ISL season are 9, which was obtained by two-time ISL winners Chennaiyin FC.

The ISL team with the most number of wins in a single season is Bengaluru FC when they won 13 points in the 2017-18 ISL season. The mantle for the most number of wins in total is with FC Goa, who have won a record 58 ISL games so far. The least number of wins, on the other hand, is 2, a dismal record associated with Chennaiyin FC, Kerala Blasters, Hyderabad FC, NorthEast United FC and Odisha FC.

The most number of defeats in a single ISL season is 13, a joint record held by NorthEast United and Chennaiyin FC.

The longest winning streak in a particular ISL season is achieved by Bengaluru FC in their title-winning 2018-19 season. The longest winless run, on the other hand, is 14 held by Hyderabad FC and NorthEast United.

Kerala Blasters hold the record for drawing the most number of ISL games, which is 44. The record of most draws in a single ISL season is 11, held jointly by Hyderabad FC and Chennaiyin FC.

FC Goa are also the team to have scored the most number of goals (51) in an ISL season, while the fewest goals scored in a season is 11- by the Highlanders.

Odisha FC hold the record for most goals conceded in a season (44) while defending champions Mumbai City FC have conceded the fewest goals ever in an ISL season (11).

The team unlocking the best goal difference in an ISL season is +23, which was achieved by Goa in the 2019-20 season, while Odisha FC had the worst goal difference in a season (-19) in the 2020-21 season.

## ISL 2021-22 fixtures

The ISL 2021-22 fixtures was released in two parts, like the previous season. While the first part had all the fixtures until January 10, the second part had all the reverse fixtures. After a smooth run in the first-half of the league, the second part has been few matches getting postponed owing to rising Covid-19 cases in the team camps.

Here is the full ISL 2021-22 fixture:

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